Jayhawks soar past Furman in Sunday masterpiece

Kansas Jayhawks


  • Kansas junior shortstop Benjamin Sems hit two home runs for the second time this season. Previously, he hit two long balls against Texas Southern on Feb. 23, 2019.
  • Sems also tied his career-high hit total at three, his career-high run total of three, and his career-high RBI total of five.
  • Kansas junior left fielder Brett Vosik roped two triples for the first time in his career against Furman. Brock Simpson was the last Jayhawk to hit two triples in a game, and he did it on March 4, 2007.
  • As a team, Kansas hit three triples in the matchup. The last time they accomplished this feat was Feb. 26, 2015 against Chicago State.
  • Freshman starting pitcher Eli Davis didn’t allow a run for the second time this season. Previously, he blanked Northern Illinois for seven innings on March 2, 2019.
  • Davis limited the Paladins to four hits, tying the fewest he’s allowed in his career.
  • Junior second baseman James Cosentino tied his career highs in both RBIs and runs scored against Furman, recording three of each.
  • Sophomore designated hitter Blaine Ray tallied two runs scored for the first time in his career.
  • Senior center fielder Rudy Karre tied his career-high by drawing three walks against the Paladins.
Brendt Citta and Devin Foyle were congratulated for runs.

Head coach Ritch Price
On the importance of winning the series on Sunday…

“It was a really great bounce-back win. It’s obviously the most important day of the weekend, and we saw the reason why. It’s a chance to win the series and create positive momentum flowing our way.”

On his use of the bench late in the game…

“It was really good to get a chance to play those young guys. One of the things that’s really tough about our conference is it’s really hard to work your freshmen into the lineup with how competitive the league is.”

On freshman starting pitcher Eli Davis’ performance…

“It was a really nice outing for him today. If we continue to get starting pitching like this, I like our chances going into the end of the year.”

Following their series victory against Furman, the Jayhawks will continue their road trip with a journey to Colorado to play two games against Air Force. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, April 30.