Kansas Heads South to Florida for Snowbird Classic

Freshman third baseman Matt McLaughlin is leading the team in runs scored with seven.
Kansas at Snowbird Classic
Date: Feb. 26 – March 1
Ballpark: North Charlotte Regional Park
Location: Port Charlotte, Fla.
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network
Live Stats: Kansas Live Stats
Notes: Kansas Notes
Kansas Impact Players
B. Beck (1B) .400 20 6 8 6
C. Wright (2B) .348 23 6 8 0
C. McKay (LF) .407 27 2 11 4
Kansas W-L ERA IP K
H. Edwards (Jr.) 0-1 8.11 3.1 1
D. Morovick (Sr.) 1-1 5.25 12.0 5
B. Krauth (Jr.) 0-2 9.00 11.0 9
S. Rackoski (So.) 0-1 18.00 5.0 4

LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the third-consecutive weekend, the Kansas baseball team is flying south, this time to Port Charlotte, Florida, to compete in the Snowbird Classic, Feb. 26-March 1, at North Charlotte Regional Park.
The Snowbird Classic features a wide array of teams, and will see the Jayhawks matched against Chicago State (Feb. 26), North Dakota State (Feb. 27), Northeastern (Feb. 28) and Boston College (March 1).
Kansas went a perfect 4-0 in the Snowbird Classic last season, and hope to do the same this time around. Senior right-hander Drew Morovick knows the trip to Florida is big for the Jayhawks, but thinks it is very important for the pitching staff to go out and prove themselves.
“Our offense showed up and played last weekend (in Arizona) but the pitching kind of fell short,” Morovick said. “We went 2-2, instead of 3-1 or even 4-0, so it is very important for us to go down to Florida and throw strikes and get back on track.”
Morovick saw success last year at the Snowbird Classic, when he picked up his second win of the season in a 10-strikeout effort against St. Bonaventure. He hopes to find the same accomplishment this year, but knows there are things he needs to work on to continue to get better.
“I need to improve on throwing strikes and getting better with my off-speed pitches,” Morovick said. “I need to really try to improve on getting hitters out when I have an 0-2 count, instead of letting it get to 2-2 or 3-2, and running my pitch count up.”
The Jayhawks have been very effective at the plate this season, but are still trying to find their rhythm on the mound, and Morovick knows they need to find it for the team to accomplish their goals.
“As a team we need to just keep working hard,” Morovick said. “We are putting runs up on the board, we just need to pitch the way we are capable of pitching and be comfortable with ourselves on the mound, and be comfortable with ourselves in the box. If we do that, I think we will be really successful this weekend.”
Fans can tune in to all four games of the Snowbird Classic live on the Jayhawk Radio Network via KUAthletics.com/Radio or on the official Kansas Jayhawks mobile app.
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