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KU's humiliation at the hands of Oral Roberts got the week off to a horrible start, but two solid wins vs. Western Illinois brought it to a positive close. The Jayhawks record now rests at 9-5.

Oral Roberts 9 - KU 1 Boxscore
KU 15 - Western Illinois 5 Boxscore
KU 6 - Western Illinois 3 Boxsore

Ashwood and Czyz put together back to back good starts on Sunday. Ashwood's struck out nine batters in six innings and looked great until the final frame. Czyz was confident and commanding on the mound. Had he received more solid defense he could have gone six or seven shutout innings. Both of their starts qualified as "OK" but they looked better to me than that. Maybe I need to rethink this ESPN system. It rewards going deep (6+ innings) and accumulating strikeouts, less rewarded are short but effective stints. Marciel was shelled on Tuesday. No system was going to cover up that reality.


Games as Starting Pitcher

Pitcher Excellent Good OK Subpar Poor Ineffective
Ashwood 72 54 46 38
Czyz 60 55, 50, 58
Marks 71 68 24
Marciel 56 19
Esquibel 46
Team 2 2 5 2 1 2

The bullpen continued to pitch amazingly well. Marcin, Esquibel, Hayakawa and Garcia are making up a very good set-up crew and Smyth has been close to perfect in the ninth. I did not expect performance at this level. I hope it holds up in the Big-12 series.


Relief Pitching

Pitcher Apperances
this Week
Relief
Points
Season
Apperances
Relief
Points
Smyth 1 6 7 67
Marcin 2 8 6 59
Esquibel 2 20 4 47
Lane 0 0 2 24
Garcia 1 6 5 23
Hayakawa 1 6 4 8
Marciel 0 0 2 -4
Team 7 46 30 224

Pretty much across the board the Jayhawk batters improved their numbers. The team OPS rose from .748 to .809 this week. Games like those on Sunday vs. Western Illinois are just what a team struggling at the plate needs to get back into rhythm. The KU offense is better than it has performed thus far this season. Preston Land and Buck Afenir both hit two homeruns, and Brock Simpson broke a 1-31 slump with four hits on Sunday. Eric Morrison hit well, as did Ellrich. The only player who had an off week was Kyle Murphy, who is coming back down to earth finally. Allman is unconscious at the plate. Twelve games into the season and he still has his batting average in Ted Williams-land. Take a look at Buck Afenir's slugging percentage. That ought to get the job done.

Player At
Bats
BA OB% Slug OPS HR RBIs Stolen
Bases
Simpson 54 .204 .267 .333 .600 0 10 4
Morrison 53 .283 .361 .491 .852 2 11 2
Allman 49 .408 .473 .531 1.004 0 11 2
Robby Price 49 .245 .356 .327 .683 0 4 1
Ryne Price 48 .271 .407 .500 .907 2 7
Murphy 41 .341 .438 .531 .969 1 4 3
Land 38 .263 .404 .526 .930 3 8
Ellrich 28 .250 .300 .321 .621 0 1
Afenir 23 .304 .385 .739 1.124 3 9
Servais 21 .238 .393 .238 .631 0 5
Larson 20 .300 .444 .300 .744 0 6
Team 477 .281 .375 .434 .809 11 80 12

KU added two games vs. local NAIA competition to replace some of the games they missed during Lawrence's recent Ice Age. These games will count in KU's overall record, but will not figure into the team's RPI ranking. I expect Coach Price will use them as MLB teams use spring training games - give the regulars a few plate appearances and then turn the game over to the back-ups after the fifth inning as long as things are going well. When Baker visited Hoglund last year they brought in a good sized contingent of fans so that should be a nice night to spend at the park.

Tuesday, 4PM vs. Tabor
Wednesday, 5PM vs. Baker

And then things get rough.

Friday, 2PM @ (#15) Arkansas
Saturday, Noon @ Arkansas
Sunday, 1PM @ Arkansas

I doubt the Tuesday and Wednesday games will be broadcast on KLWN, but I hope the radio team will travel to Fayetteville for the Arkansas series. Winning two of three there will get the season back on track in a hurry.