At the Ballpark

DALLAS -- University of Kansas freshman pitcher Kassie Humphreys was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for her performance in the circle in shutouts over No. 12 Nebraska and Texas, the league office announced Tuesday. The honor goes to Humphreys for the first time.

The Glendale, Ariz., righthander's shutout at Nebraska Wednesday was her second of the season and third win over a ranked opponent in her rookie campaign. Humphreys (14-10) posted a 0.00 ERA and struck out 12 in 12.1 innings of work while holding opponent batters to a .171 average last week. In two games, Humphreys allowed one extra-base hit (a double) for a two-game total of seven. On the season, Humphreys has a team-leading 1.50 ERA

Oklahoma catcher Heather Scaglione is the Big 12 Softball Player of the Week for a conference season record five times. Last week, the senior hit .500 in three games with a .700 on-base percentage in earning the honor.

Humphreys and the Jayhawks will wrap up regular season action May 8-9 with a series against Iowa State. KU will host the Cyclones at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday for Senior Day.

KU Baseball Falls To SMS, 11-8

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Junior Travis Metcalf's homerun in the third to set the Kansas career homerun record at 28, was not enough as the Jayhawk baseball team fell, 11-8, to SMS, Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark. The loss dropped the 'Hawks to 26-26-1 on the season, while the Bears improved to 26-20.

KU had control the entire game, beginning in the third when senior first baseman Ryan Baty (4-for-5, 2 RBI) smacked a double to right and drove in two. Metcalf (1-for-4, 2 RBI) then came to plate and pelted his homer to left for two more runs. Metcalf, a native of Wamego, Kan., topped previous leader Matt Gundelfinger's 27 dingers (1978-80) with the jack.

SMS pushed two across in the fourth and another in the sixth, but Kansas answered in its half of the sixth. Back-to-back RBI-singles from sophomore designated hitter A.J. Van Slyke (3-for-4, 1 RBI) and sophomore centerfielder Matt Baty (2-for-3, 1 RBI) extended the KU lead to 6-3.

After a run for the Bears in the seventh, junior catcher Sean Richardson (0-for 3, 1 RBI) drove in one for Kansas on a sacrifice-fly to right. In the eighth, sophomore shortstop Ritchie Price (2-for-5, 1 RBI) garnered an RBI-single to plate Van Slyke and push the KU lead to 8-4.

SMS came alive in the ninth, scoring five runs before an out was recorded. Three consecutive base hits, including an RBI-double, followed by three straight walks put the Bears on top, 9-8. Kansas reliever Ryotaro Hayakawa forced a double-play, then surrendered a two-run single, pushing the SMS lead to 11-8. The Jayhawks, who had a runner at first and nobody out, failed to push anything across in the ninth.

The Ritch Price Radio Show will be live on ESPN Radio 1320, from Pat's Blue Rib'n Barbeque, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Kansas is back in action, Friday, May 7, in Austin, Texas. First pitch in the Big 12 series against No. 2 Texas is set for 6:30 p.m. Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday call the action on ESPN Radio 1320 and go on the air 15 minutes prior to first pitch.


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