Jayhawks Host Chippewas in Midweek Action
LAWRENCE, Kan. –The Kansas baseball team continues its homestand at Hoglund Ballpark, Tuesday, March 10, with a 3 p.m. game against the Mid-Atlantic Conference foe Central Michigan.
The Chippewas are 10-5 on the season and the Tuesday contest will cap-off a four-game road trip in the Sunflower State, as they won a three-game series against Wichita State over the weekend (March 6-8).
The Jayhawks and Chippewas have faced each other 12 times with an even all-time series split, 6-6. The first meeting came in 1979 where CMU won two games. They have not faced off since 1986 when KU won 5-0 in a neutral site game in Edinburg, Texas.
The midweek game will mark the first time in the all-time series history that either team will be playing a true home game, as all of the previous contests have been played in Texas, 11 in Edinburg and one in Irving.
Going into the previous weekend series, one thing head coach Ritch Price was looking for was consistency out of his club, which he is still hoping to find moving forward.
“We have seen signs of what we are capable of doing on defense,” Price said. “Turning four double plays against Grand Canyon to get us out of some major jams, to getting on the Top-10 on SportsCenter with a hit saving catch from Joven Afenir and him making another great play the next day, one that I thought was actually better than the first. We have got to see that every day though, we can’t get into the habit of making errors on routine plays.”
Price can see promise in the improvement of the pitching staff, but says it may take time before they are playing at a level that is needed to win on a regular basis.
“It’s going to take some time for us to settle in and get over the nerves and get to the point where the young guys can pitch at this level,” Price said. “If we continue to mature and stay the course we will get there, we’ve got guys with talent, we are just asking a lot from a lot of young guys right now.”
The game against the Chippewas can be seen live throughout the state of Kansas on the Jayhawk Television Network with Steven Davis and former Kansas baseball player Scott Heitshusen calling the action. The game will also be available on ESPN3 to those located outside the state of Kansas, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox Live to Gold Members and on Apple TV. Visit KUAthletics.com/TV for more information on affiliates.
In addition, fans can tune into a live audio broadcast on the Jayhawk Radio Network via KUAthletics.com/Radio or on the offical Kansas Jayhawks mobile app.
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