Kansas Continues Big 12 Play at Oklahoma
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas baseball team continues south to conclude its eight-game road trip at Oklahoma, Thursday, April 2-Saturday, April 4, at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Oklahoma.
The Jayhawks (11-17, 1-2 Big 12) head to Sooner territory to take on OU (19-12, 3-3 Big 12) after a 13-12 come-back win over the Wichita State Shockers (April 1) took four hours and 11 innings to decide.
KU took a game from Oklahoma in last year’s meeting in Lawrence, but have won just two games since 2009, when the Jayhawks won their last series against the Sooners. Kansas is just 5-15 in the last 20 meetings with OU and holds a 35-80 record in games played in Norman.
Kansas will send junior lefty Ben Krauth (5-2), freshman left-hander Blake Weiman (0-4) and senior righty Drew Morovick (2-3) to the hill to face the sixth-rated offense in the league in Oklahoma. The Sooners are batting .279 as a team with 186 runs scored, highlighted by the bats of centerfielder Craig Aikin (.357, 14 RBIs) and infielder Kolbey Carpenter (.336, 23 RBIs).
The Jayhawks have the No. 2 offense in the Big 12 with a .289 batting average, one point behind leader TCU. Three different players have compiled 20 or more RBIs through the first 28 games, with sophomore catcher Michael Tinsley leading the way with 22 driven in, which is tied for seventh in the league.
Senior first baseman Blair Beck is riding an 11-game hitting streak, while junior second baseman Colby Wright leads the league and team with a .492 on-base percentage, including 27 hits, 17 walks and a conference-leading 16 hit-by-pitches, which ranks second in the NCAA.
The KU offense will have its work cut out for them going up against an OU pitching staff that has a team ERA of 2.73, ranking them third in the Big 12. Righties Jake Elliott, Alec Hansen and Robert Tasin will start on the bump and all have an ERA under 3.50. Tasin leads the team with a 5-1 record and 1.44 ERA and has compiled 30 strikeouts in 31 and one-third innings. Hansens ranks first in the league in strikeouts with 55, eight more than anyone else, and has an ERA of 3.27 in 41 and one-third innings of work.
All three games of the conference series against the Sooners will be available on SoonerSports.TV powered by FOX. Thursday and Saturday’s games will be aired on FOX Sports Southwest+ and FOX College Sports Atlantic (144 WOW!, 608 DIRECTV, 647 AT&T U-verse), while Friday’s game will air on FOX College Sports Pacific (146 WOW!, 608 DIRECTV, 649 AT&T U-verse). All channels subject to cable or satellite subscription. Chad McKee and George Frazier will have the call.
In addition to the television broadcast, all three games can be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network through KUAthletics.com/Radio or on the official Kansas Jayhawks mobile app with Steven Davis and Shane Jackson calling the action. Friday’s game can also be heard on the airwaves on KJHK 90.7 FM.
Following the series, the Jayhawks open up a 10-game homestand when they host New Mexico for a two-game midweek matchup April 7-8 at Hoglund Ballpark. Kansas continues conference play April 10-12, hosting Oklahoma State for a three-game series.
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