KU Baseball Stuns No. 10 WSU

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Kansas baseball team had an answer for every run put up by No. 10 Wichita State, as the Jayhawks upset the Shockers, 13-6, in Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday night. The win snaps a four-game losing skid for KU and moves its record to 23-14-1. The loss, Wichita State's second in-a-row, drops its record to 16-5.

WSU jumped on KU starter LHP Scott Sharpe early, as Nick Blasi sent Sharpe's first offering over the right-centerfield wall. Wichita State's next batter, Phil Napolitan, repeated the feat, this time over the left-centerfield wall. Sharpe allowed one more run in the first as Kansas came to the plate, trailing 3-0.

Sophomore centerfielder Matt Baty answered for Kansas with his first-career homerun, making the score 3-1. Sophomore Ritchie Price followed with a single to short then junior catcher Sean Richardson tied the game with a two-run dinger to leftfield. Junior Andy Scholl provided the go-ahead RBI with a single to left which drove in senior rightfielder Matt Tribble from second.

Both pitching staffs settled down and did not allow a run until the top half of the sixth when Logan Sorensen doubled to lead-off the inning for WSU and was followed by a homer from Drew Moffitt. Sophomore RHP Don Czyz was taken out, giving ways to junior RHP Ken Livesey, who extended his streak of not allowing an extra-base hit to 14.2 innings. Livesey retired three of the next four to get out of the inning trailing, 5-4.

KU's bats answered once again, this time with an eight run inning to put the game away. After an error allowed one run to score and tie the game, Matt Baty singled in two runs and pushed Kansas' lead to 7-5. Senior first baseman Ryan Baty doubled after a sac bunt from Price, aallowing the younger Baty (Matt) to cross the plate and make the score 8-5. A Shocker pitching change was followed by a walk and a two-run blast from junior third baseman Travis Metcalf, his 13th on the year. Another walk followed, this time from sophomore second baseman Jared Schweitzer, who later scored on a triple to right from Scholl.

Livesey, who picked up the win, worked the seventh to close out his evening. The Stockton, Calif., native finished the night 2.0 innings of work, struck out one, walked one and did not surrender a hit or run.

KU tacked on one in the seventh when Richardson flew out to right allowing Matt Baty to score from third and make the score, 13-5. WSU scored its final run in the eighth on a homerun from Sorensen, making the final score 13-6.

Jayhawks Shut Out in Columbia 7-0

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Kansas softball team had its three-game win streak snapped by Border War rival Missouri Wednesday night at University Field. The Jayhawks (23-17-1, 2-4 Big 12) managed just one hit while the Tigers (18-19, 5-0 Big 12) notched six hits for seven runs including four extra-base hits off three different KU pitchers.

Sophomore Heather Stanley recorded KU's only hit on the day, a single up the middle in the third inning. The Mizzou offense managed to score at least one run in all but the bottom of the third inning.

Lead-off batter Leanne Bowers lead the Tiger offense with two hits including a double in the sixth for an RBI. Joanne Loethen notched a double in the bottom of the second to knock in three runs. Heather Kunkel and pinch hitter Kendra Power each recorded home runs.

Senior Kara Pierce (14-7) started the contest and gave up four runs off three hits in the first two innings to take the loss. Freshman Kassie Humphreys came in and struck out three but allowed two hits for two more runs. Redshirt sophomore Serena Settlemier pitched KU's final inning and allowed just one hit, Power's homer in the bottom of the sixth.

MU's Erin Kalka (14-11) struck out 11, walked one and allowed one hit as the Tigers extended their league win streak to five. KU still leads the 2003-04 Border War 16.5-8. Kansas will take Thursday and Friday off to travel to College Station to face Texas A&M in a Big 12 double header Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.


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