Weekly Update

Keeping up with the Jayhawks, from baseball to swimming.

Baseball

After defeating Texas Southern 9-1 on Saturday, the Kansas baseball team no-hit TSU on Sunday to earn its seventh win of the young season. KU won the no-hitter, 8-0, as five different pitchers combined for KU's first shutout of the year. The no-hitter was the first for the Jayhawks since 1980.

Senior Ryan Knippschild (1-0) picked up the win after working three innings of relief on Sunday. The Rancho Cordova, Calif., native faced the minimum and struck out six. David Hicks was the last Jayhawk to deny a team a hit. Hicks blanked NW Missouri State on April 2, 1980. The last combined no-hitter for the Crimson and Blue came on April 5, 1960 when Kenneth Hensley, Tom Holler and Jerry Waldschmidt shutout Washburn.

Kansas will be back in action Friday when it faces Lamar at 1 p.m. as part of the Al Ogletree Classic in Edinburg, Texas. The Jayhawks will face off against host UT-Pan American on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Sunday at noon.

Women's Basketball

In its first game under interim head coach Lynette Woodard, Kansas (9-9 overall, 2-5 Big 12) defeated Oklahoma State 74-61 in Lawrence on Saturday. The game marked the first time since Marian Washington's first game at Kansas on Nov. 23, 1973, that the 31-year head coach was not on the sideline. Washington announced on Jan. 29 she was taking a medical leave of absence.

The Jayhawks were led in the game by Crystal Kemp with a season-high 24 points. The Jayhawks shot 56.4 percent from the floor and moved their record to 5-0 when shooting over 50 percent. The win snapped a four-game losing streak. KU plays its next four games against teams ranked nationally in the top-25.

Softball

The KU softball team opens its 36th season of competition Friday against Arizona State and Northwestern at the Arizona State Trianglar in Tempe, Ariz. The Jayhawks return all but one letterwinner from 2003 and welcome three newcomers to the squad this season. Head coach and former Kansas All-American Tracy Bunge is in her eighth season at the KU helm and is assisted by Julie Wright and first-year coach Christi Musser. The 'Hawks will travel to three tournament sites in February before their home opener in the Hampton Inn Jayhawk Classic on March 6 at the new Arrocha Ballpark.

Swimming

The Kansas swimming and diving team defeated Iowa State 140-103 on Jan. 23. The team lost to the 24th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers 215-85 on Jan. 24. The loss dropped KU to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks' day was highlighted by freshman Shelby Noonan, whose score of 283.28 in the three-meter diving competition qualifies her to compete in the Zone D Diving Championships to be held in Houston, Texas, on March 12-14.

The Jayhawks next meet will be Saturday against Arkansas in the final dual meet of the season... The teams will square off at Robinson Natatorium at 11 a.m.

Tennis

The No. 75 Kansas tennis team (0-1, 0-0) fell to No. 53 Mississippi (5-0), 5-2, in its season opener on Sunday at the Wood Valley Racquet Club in Topeka, Kan. The Jayhawks will have the week off before heading to Utah on Feb. 13-14 for a pair of matches against BYU and Utah, respectively.

Track and Field

KU freshman Libby Harmon broke the Anschutz Pavilion record in the pole vault and seven other Jayhawks walked away with individual titles at the Jayhawk Invitational Saturday. Harmon vaulted a season-best 12-06.25 to win the event and broke the previous record of 12-01.50 that was set by Candy Mason at the 1998 Jayhawk Invitational.

Senior Stacy Keller won the individual title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.87. Juniors Sondra Rauterkus and Brooklyn Hann topped all competitors in the high jump and triple jump with marks of 5-08.75 and 39-03.00, respectively. Junior Megan Manthe won the 1000 meter run in a time of 2:58.30. Senior Leo Bookman took home the individual title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.10. Junior Jeremy Mims finished in a time of 1:10.85 to win the 600 yard run. Freshman Adrian Ludwig won the 800 meter run in a time of 1:55.09... KU also won the women's 4x400 meter relay in a time of 3:44.40 and the 4x800 yard relay in a time of 9:53.14. The Jayhawks will return to action on Sat., Feb. 7 as they travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the Husker Invitational.


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