Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 05.12.14

Jamie Squire

A look around today's internets; Kansas baseball on fire; Kansas softball makes NCAA tourney

'Sup y'all.  Happy Monday!

- Kansas Baseball -

University of Kansas Baseball Senior Sendoff: Jayhawks Sweep Third-Straight, Down WVU, 9-8

The Jayhawks (33-21, 15-9 Big 12) swept the Mountaineers (27-20, 9-11 Big 12) Sunday to pick up their ninth-straight Big 12 victory and send seniors Frank Duncan, Eldredge, Tom Hougland, Jordan Piche' and Tharp out in style.

Kansas baseball team finishes Big 12 play on a hot streak - KansasCity.com

"This is one of the most fun teams I've ever coached," Price said. "We just played game No. 54 and they're still having fun in that dugout."

KU baseball sweeps 3rd straight Big 12 series | KUsports.com

Although KU (33-21 overall, 15-9 Big 12) will close out the regular season with two games at Michigan next weekend and then head to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 tournament the following week, the feeling around the KU camp is that the Jayhawks already have done enough to earn the program's fifth ever bid to the NCAA Tournament.

- Kansas Softball -

University of Kansas Softball Defense Shines, Kansas Sweeps Cyclones

The Jayhawks (33-21, 7-11 Big 12) extended their streak to nine games without committing an error. Kansas finished the regular season with only 29 errors and a .979 fielding percentage, which sets a new program record. The program-best fielding percentage is also first in the Big 12 and third in the nation.

University of Kansas Softball NCAA Tournament: Kansas Headed to Columbia Regional

The best postseason resume the Kansas softball team has put together in the Megan Smith era led to the Jayhawks' first NCAA Regional bid since 2006. The NCAA selection committee announced that Kansas will travel to the Columbia Regional and face Nebraska on Friday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. at University Field in Columbia, Missouri.

KU softball invited to NCAA Tourney | KUsports.com

KU (33-21, 7-11 Big 12) earned an at-large bid and will face the University of Nebraska (40-15) in the Columbia Regional at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The Jayhawks lost to Nebraska, 1-0, on March 15 in Lawrence. The regional, a double-elimination tournament, is hosted by No. 15 seed University of Missouri (41-16) and also includes Bradley University (27-30).

Missouri-Kansas Border War rivalry could be renewed at softball regional - KansasCity.com

Missouri will open against Bradley at 3 PM Friday, while Kansas will face former Big 12 foe Nebraska in the first game at 12:30 PM, so the Tigers and Jayhawks may never meet. But if they do, it will be the first meeting between the two schools - in any team sport - since Missouri left for the SEC in 2012.

University of Kansas Softball Walk Down Memory Lane; A Decade at Arrocha Ballpark

At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Kansas softball will close the doors to its home on campus for the last 10 years, Arrocha Ballpark, and move to a new state-of-the-art facility Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park starting in 2015.

- Kansas Basketball -

Wiggins, Embiid to skip combine | KUsports.com

Former Kansas University basketball players Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, as well as Duke’s Jabari Parker, have decided to not attend the NBA combine Thursday and Friday in Chicago, Yahoo Sports reports.

- College Sports -

Highly-rated basketball prospect Malek Harris chooses Kansas State | Wichita Eagle

Bruce Weber landed the highest-rated recruit of his Kansas State tenure on Sunday when Malek Harris, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Orland Park, Ill., chose the Wildcats over Virginia Tech and Gonzaga. Harris is a four-star prospect and the 80th-ranked player in the 2014 recruiting class, according to Rivals. He is the first top 150 recruit to sign with K-State since Weber took over as coach in 2012.

Pac-12 considering 'tweaking' its scheduling tactics once more - CBSSports.com

Used to be that the Pac-12 had the best setup for its league play. The conference operated under Thursday/Saturday scheduling in January, February and early March. It was a pretty good arrangement and rhythm for the league. Not only did it help with players actually being in classrooms a bit more frequently than most other major-conference basketball teams, but the trips were built with geography in mind.

Sources: ACC leaning toward eight-game scheduling model - CBSSports.com

Maintaining an eight-game scheduling model for ACC football has significant support entering a vote of league athletic directors this week in Amelia Island, Fla., several sources told CBSSports.com.

Oregon dismisses three players involved in rape investigation - CBSSports.com

Oregon officials announced at a Friday press conference that the school has dismissed Damyean Dotson, Brandon Austin and Dominic Artis from the basketball team.

Willingham will not be witness at senate hearings on athlete welfare - CBSSports.com

North Carolina whistleblower Mary Willingham told CBSSports.com Saturday she will not be a witness at next week's senate committee hearings on the welfare of NCAA athletes.

- World Cup -

England World Cup roster: Roy Hodgson names squad, TFC’s Jermain Defoe an alternate | Planet Futbol - SI.com

A day after confirming his omission of veteran left back Ashley Cole, Hodgson named his 23-man World Cup roster, along with seven injury alternates.

- Local Interest -

Crime down sharply at University of Kansas - KansasCity.com

The university's public safety office says it handled 670 criminal offenses during 2013, compared with 818 the previous year.

KU's Natural History Museum gets a new bee colony - KansasCity.com

A new bee colony is on exhibit at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum after the previous denizens of the sixth-floor display succumbed to cold weather and wind.

Question of Sen. Pat Roberts’ Kansas residency to be decided Monday | Wichita Eagle

About the only thing that is certain in the question over Sen. Pat Roberts’ residency is that the state Board of Objections will decide Monday whether Roberts is enough of a Kansas resident to run for re-election.

The Hitmen take Blue Valley Rec Spring Softball League

On a breezy Sunday afternoon, starting pitcher mikeville struck out two and went 5-for-6 with two walks at the plate while sweeping the doubleheader, 23-8 and 17-7, as the Hitmen claimed their first rec league title.  (Ed. Note: I don't think the final standings are updated on that link yet, but the championship team photo is here.)

- Videos of the Day -

Phillies change their minds during intentional walk, end up getting strikeout | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

On the first pitch, catcher Carlos Ruiz stood up and moved behind the left-handed batter’s box to receive an international ball one. Then there was a quick conversation at the mound involving Ruiz and second baseman Chase Utley, and suddenly the Phillies strategy turned to option three.

Richard H. Lee hits two of the worst golf shots you will ever see, in a row | Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo Sports

The first attempt from the fringe was a belly pitch, and when his wedge got caught up in the grass he nearly whiffed it. Then Lee grabbed his putter, and the exact same thing happened. He walked away with a double-bogey and this video, that will definitely follow him around for a while.

- Site News -

With the spring semester winding down and baseball, softball, and track coming to an end soon, I'd like to hear what you all would like to see in the news and notes.  I know I've been throwing a lot of stuff at you lately.  Just let me know some of your thoughts in the comments (or you can email me).  Do you want me to continue posting "College Sports" and "Professional Sports" type sections?  Do you want less stuff?  More stuff?  About the same?  Let me know what you're thinking.

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