Hawaii-Hilo has continued their horrible start by heading to 0-7 on the season after getting swept in a doubleheader by the Kansas Jayhawks by scores of 12-0 and 7-2. Freshman pitcher Wally Marciel made his collegiate debut in the nightcap for the Jayhawks and pitched five innings giving up two runs. Marciel is from Kailua, Hawaii so this was a homecoming for him. Casey Larson was the star on offense by picking up 3 hits and driving in two.
In Game 1, Senior Kyle Murphy led the Jayhawk offense by going 2-3 with 4 RBI. Nick Czyz pitched 4.1 innings to earn the victory in the mercy ruled shortened game.
Kansas Recap Game 2
Hawaii-Hilo Recap Game 2
Kansas Recap Game 1
The Kansas Jayhwaks took Game 1 from Hawaii-Hilo by a score of 4-1. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 6.2 solid innings while only giving up 3 runs (all earned) on four hits. Mr. Knepper did not get much help again last night from the Vulcan offense since they only recorded two hits on the evening. In his first start, the Vulcans were no hit by Oregon State. Zach Ashwood started for Kansas and gave up one hit and one run in his six innings of work. He was followed by Ryotaro Hayakawa who pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings while giving up only one hit. Paul Smyth pitched the ninth to record his first save. The Jayhawk offense was led by Ry Price who went 2-3 with a home run. Leadoff hitter Brock Simpson also got two hits including a key triple in the seventh inning to break the 1-1 tie.
The Kansas Jayhawks will be making the long flight to Hawaii-Hilo for a weekend series to open the Jayhawk season. Kansas is coming off a Big 12 championship and accumulated 43 wins. Ritch Price is entering his 5th season with Kansas and hopes to continue his recent success.
KU Game Notes
The Kansas baseball program had some recent articles published in The University Daily Kansan about the preparations for the season. The first article deals with the new indoor batting cages which were added before the 2006 season and how they have helped the program out. The other one talks about the large gift that was given to the program for a new home clubhouse.
Erik Morrison, the junior infielder of the Kansas Jayhawk baseball team did a recent Q & A with the Kansas Athletic department on the upcoming season and other topics. It is an interesting read and gives you some insight into Mr. Morrison’s world.
Article available here.
The University Daily Kansan is reporting that two Kansas Baseball players have been cited on battery charges after a fight this weekend at an establishment in Lawrence. The players were Sophomore pitcher Andy Marks and former Jayhawk Sean Land. The Associate athletics director Jim Marchiony knew nothing about the incident when questioned by the Kansan reporter and the baseball coach was not available for comment either. The College Baseball Blog will keep you informed if any suspension is handed out to Mr. Marks.
Full article available here.
The Kansas Jayhawks will open the season with a nice trip to Hawaii-Hilo for a five game trip. It must be nice to be in Hawaii in February to play baseball. When they return to campus they open up there home schedule against South Dakota State. I believe that starting that early with home games is a mistake and would be shocked if they get those games in. KU has both Texas and Nebraska coming into Lawrence this season and this should bode well for the Jayhawks as they try to get their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
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