Resilient Jayhawks sweep series with Texas

LAWRENCE, Kan.– It took a team effort Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark for the Kansas baseball team to earn its first Big 12 series sweep of the season, 10-6, over Texas.

The Jayhawks’ (26-21, 8-10 Big 12) offense came back from a deficit twice during the contest and their pitching staff slammed the door on the Longhorns’ (25-25, 6-14 Big 12) offense to secure the victory.

Starting pitcher redshirt-freshman Eli Davisstruggled with his command and labored through four innings of work, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out four batters.

Texas jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but sophomore Nolan Metcalf responded in the bottom of the second inning as he launched a game-tying three-run home run to deep left.

When the Longhorns got three runs back to go ahead, 6-3, the Jayhawks responded again.

Kansas jumped on Texas pitcher Matt Whelan (2-2) and put up a four-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning behind three-straight singles from senior Rudy Karre, junior James Cosentino and junior Jaxx Groshans

Sophomore Skyler Messingerthen roped a two-run, two-out single down the third base line to give KU a 7-6 advantage.

Sophomore Brett Vosik added some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth when he slapped a two-out double down the right field line to score Cosentino and Groshans.

Redshirt-junior relief pitcher Nathan Barry (4-0) earned the win for Kansas with two and 2/3 innings pitched and five strikeouts.

Redshirt-sophomore closer Jonah Ulane struck out the side to slam the door for Kansas and earn the first series sweep of a Big 12 opponent since 2014.

Junior Benjamin Sems led the Kansas offense with a 2-for-3 performance that included two walks, a double, a single, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Owen Taylor is congratulated after scoring a run in the 4th.


  • Kansas’ sweep of Texas is the first sweep of a Big 12 opponent since the Jayhawks swept West Virginia (May 9-11) in 2014.
  • Relief pitcher Nathan Barry tied his season high in strikeout with five.
  • Junior catcher Jaxx Groshans recorded six walks in the series with Texas.
  • This series marks only the second time in Kansas history that the Jayhawks have swept the Longhorns, with the first time coming during the 2009 series.
  • Sophomore Nolan Metcalf tied his career high with a three-RBI performance in addition to hitting his fourth home run of the season.
  • Kansas now owns a 20-1 record when scoring six or more runs.
  • Junior shortstop Benjamin Sems recorded his 14th multi-hit game of the season. Sems ranks second on the team in multi-hit contests, trailing only Groshans who has 16.
  • With his two-hit performance, junior Brett Vosik now has a six-game hitting streak.
  • This is the second series sweep of the season and first since the Jayhawks swept Northern Illinois March 1-2.
  • This is the first series sweep at home since March 9-11, 2018, when the Jayhawks swept then-No. 20 Saint Johns.
  • Kansas is now 23-0 when leading after eight innings.
Michael Tinsley is met by teammates after scoring a run.

Head coach Ritch Price
On the momentum this series provides…

“We talked about it two weeks ago. We were finally going to get to play two series at home back-to-back and if we found a way to win the series, we control our own destiny. It starts with starting pitching. We got a great start from Zeferjahn on Friday, Cyr was absolutely phenomenal, Maddux-style, yesterday.”

On the status of his offense…

“I think we took a big step forward offensively and we got some clutch hits. We have nine one-run losses. We’ve grinded and competed and we’ve overcome months of awful weather and now we’re getting to practice on a regular routine and carry that momentum into the weekend, and we’ve taken another step as a team.”

Sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger 
On what the sweep means…

“It’s big. We knew sweeping Texas wasn’t going to be easy and this was a dogfight today from start to finish. I think that we showed how gritty we are as a team. We just battled all day. Nolan’s home run was huge after we went down 3-0, our pitching just kept us in the game. Vosik swung the bat great, James (Cosentino) had a clutch hit, and Rudy (Karre) did as well. It was a great team win all around. We knew this was a big game for us and we just battled out there and were fortunate enough to get the win.”

On how big Nolan Metcalf’s game-tying home run was…

“It was huge. It was a totally new ballgame. It really breathed life into the whole dugout and gave us energy. It was a huge swing from Nolan.”

On his go-ahead single…

“I was really just looking for a pitch to hit and putting something in play to get those two runs home and I was fortunate enough to get a pitch that I could hit and I put a good swing on it.”

On how the sweep gives the team momentum going forward…

“It’s huge for sure. We’re feeling pretty hot right now and we knew that this was a big game coming into it and we are all super psyched to be able to get the win today.”

Sophomore designated hitter Nolan Metcalf
On his three-run home run…
It felt good, especially since it was against Texas. He hung it, 0-2 count, right down the middle and I banged it.”

Kansas takes a break from Big 12 play to host Jackson State on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m.