RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.36 (Baseball)

??Upset alert ?? #KUbaseball WINS!! Will take on Baylor tomorrow #RockChalk pic.twitter.com/ZDcx3Quz5m

— Kansas Baseball (@KUBaseball) May 23, 2018


Just another day in paradise. #KUbaseball

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Biggs BBQ

2017-18 Season Highlights

  • The Jayhawks finished with a record of 27-30 and an 8-15 mark in Big 12 play.
  • Kansas posted a 20-11 clip in 31 games played at Hoglund Ballpark.
  • KU won its first four weekend series of the season and eight on the year that included sweeps over Texas Southern (March 2-4) and then-No. 20 St. John’s (March 9-11).
  • Sophomore righty Ryan Zeferjahn pitched the Sunday (March 4) game against the Tigers en route to earning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out a personal-best 14 batters.
  • Head coach Ritch Price earned his 700th-career victory after a 17-3 thumping of then-No. 5 Texas Tech (April 8).
  • The Jayhawks posted two walk-off home run wins against Morehead State (March 29 – Brendt Citta) and Oklahoma (May 17 – James Cosentino).
  • Kansas upset Big 12 regular-season champion and then-No. 12 Texas to open up the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City (May 23).
  • A record 11 Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team: Casey Douglas, Devin Foyle, Tanner Gragg, Jon Hander, Brandon Johnson, Benjamin Sems, Blake Shinkle, Gabriel Sotomayor, Owen Taylor, Jonah Ulane and Zeferjahn.
  • Six KU players earned All-Big 12 honors: Zeferjahn (Second Team); and Cosentino, Ryan Cyr, Foyle, Jaxx Groshans and Zack Leban (Honorable Mention).
  • Zeferjahn became the first pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in a season since Ben Krauth in 2016.
  • Foyle was named to the ABCA Midwest All-Region Second Team.
  • Kansas finished the season with 46 home runs – the most since the 2009 season when the Jayhawks hit 61.
  • Foyle hit 10 of those home runs, the most since 2013 when Alex DeLeon accomplished the same feat.
  • Leban finished the season with the fourth-most saves (12) in a single year.
  • Jackson Goddard was drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks – third-highest pick in school history.
  • Leban heard his name called in the draft by the Miami Marlins in the 12th round; Foyle was picked in the 17th round by the Oakland Athletics; and Citta was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th round.
  • Zeferjahn earned an invitation to the USA Collegiate National Team – the first Jayhawk since 2009 (T.J. Walz).
  • Kansas will represent the USA at the 2018 World University Baseball Championships in Chiaya City, Taiwan (July 6-15).