Kansas Baseball: Fall Ball Report No. 2
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas baseball team concluded its second week of fall practice and the Jayhawks continue to see improvement as the spring season nears closer.
Multiple Jayhawks saw success at the plate in the second weekend of intrasquad action, highlighted by senior captain Blair Beck’s four-hit performance over the three game span.
Beck went 2-for-2 on Saturday (a single and a double), knocking in two RBIs, scoring a run and drawing a walk. He followed up Sunday with another two-hit day and drove in another run. So far this fall, the utility man is batting .545 (6-for-11) with four RBIs.
Fellow senior captain Justin Protacio totaled three hits on the weekend (two doubles and a single) and reached base three more times, two walks and a hit by pitch. The shortstop has an on-base percentage of .524 this fall, has walked six times and scored five runs.
Senior outfielder Connor McKay drove in two runs while tallying a single, double and triple on the weekend. He showed of some speed too, swiping a bag and scoring a run off an extra base hit.
Other Jayhawks that saw success at the dish include redshirt-sophomore infielder Marcus Wheeler, junior infielder Tommy Mirabelli and freshman catcher TJ Martin who each hit two singles and a double over the weekend. Junior outfielder Steve Goldstein tallied three hits as well and senior outfielder Joe Luvisi had two of his own. Redshirt-junior outfielder Joe Moroney reached base four times on Sunday, getting one hit and walking three times, and freshman catcher Tanner Gragg rounded out the KU offensive attack for the weekend with a homerun.
Notable pitchers from the second week included right-handers freshman Casey Douglas, junior Hayden Edwards and sophomore Tyler Davis.
Douglas pitched four innings without allowing an earned run. He faced 16 batters, striking out four, walking one and allowing just three hits.
Edwards threw two scoreless frames while striking out three-of-seven batters he faced, allowing no hits or walks. In four innings of work this fall, he has limited the batters he’s faced to a .143 batting average.
Davis faced 10 batters over three innings, allowing no runners to cross home plate. He finished his appearance with two strikeouts, one walk and no hits.
The Jayhawks continue the fall slate with a weekend full of intrasquad scrimmages scheduled around the 30th annual Late Night in the Phog and the Kansas vs. Oklahoma State football game.
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