Jayhawk Update

Senior days, awards, and a grand slam made up this past week in Jayhawk sports.


The Kansas baseball team fought through a tough three-game series against No. 2 Texas in Austin, Texas, falling in all three (4-2, 6-5, 7-1). In the series, KU combined to score just eight runs against a pitching staff ranked among the nation's Top-5 in ERA. Junior catcher Sean Richardson provided fireworks in Saturday's game as he hit his second grand slam of the year helping KU come within a run of the 'Horns. Junior third baseman Travis Metcalf set three milestones with a homerun on Sunday. The solo shot in the top of the seventh broke the single-season homer mark of 17 held by Russ Blaylock in 1981 and broke the single-season team mark of 63 homers set in 1993. He also became only the 28th player to hit a roundtripper over the centerfield wall at Disch-Falk Field in its 30-year history.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team was selected to play in the NCAA Central Regional, May 20-22, at the Birck Boilermaker Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. This marks the seventh consecutive season the Jayhawks have been selected to compete in the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. Since the NCAA began using the Regional format in 1989, Kansas has has been selected to compete in 14 of 15 years. In previous tournament action, Kansas finished in a tie for fifth place at the Big 12 Conference Championship, April 26-27. Senior Tyler Hall, junior Kevin Ward and freshman Tyler Docking each finished tied for 20th place individually.


The Kansas rowing team held its annual banquet May 7 at the Adams Alumni Center. In addition to honoring the eight senior rowers, coaches and players handed out ten awards. Top honors went to senior Beth Olson who won the 2004 Oarswoman of the Year and the Top Ergometer Score award with her time of 7:00.1, a new Jayhawk record. Amber Snyder took home the Senior Academic Achievement Award while fellow senior Sara Kilbride earned the Nikia Rosenberger Outstanding Coxswain Award. Kilbride earned the same honor her sophomore year. Junior Erin Hennessey was honored as the Most Improved Oarswom' an, while senior team manager Elizabeth Hodges earned the Service Award for her four years of hard work and dedication to the team. The Jayhawks will conclude their spring season on May 15-16 at the South-Central Regionals in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


Kansas softball split a series with Iowa State at Arrocha Ballpark in its regular-season finale over the weekend. KU finished regular season play 31-26-1 overall and 7-11 in Big 12 action. Kansas honored six seniors -- Kara Pierce, Leah Mountain, Dani May, Sandy Smith, Sylvia Pfeiffer and Mel Wallach -- on Senior Day, Sunday. The KU offense showed even more improvements, notching 15 hits for a .300 team average over two games. Sophomore Heather Stanley led KU with three hits while Smith and Pfeiffer tallied two hits Sunday for a .667 batting average. Pfeiffer hit the game winning homer Sunday for the 3-1 win over Iowa State. In 10.2 innings, Pierce (17-11) recorded a 0.66 ERA and held opponents to a .162 batting average. Kansas is seeded seventh in the Big 12 Tournament and will face No. 10 Texas Tech Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. With a win, KU will enter double-elimination play against No. 2 Texas A&M Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.


The tennis team handed out its annual postseason awards May 4. Senior Courtney Steinbock took home team MVP honors for the second straight year, while her sister, senior Kristen Steinbock was awarded Most Improved Player for her contributions to the everyday singles lineup. Sophomore Luiza Loureiro earned the Hardest Worker Award for the second straight year and also won the Academic Achievement Award. Freshman Brittany Brown was given the Jayhawk Sportsmanship and Spirit Award for being the athlete who best represents Kansas tennis.

Track and Field

The Kansas Track and Field team had last weekend off. KU athletes will have one more chance to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships when they return to action Saturday to compete in the Ward Haylett Invitational in Manhattan, Kan.

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