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Baseball: LeMoyne (2-6) @ KU (4-5) - Opening Day


Kansas Jayhawks (4-5) vs. LeMoyne College Dolphins (2-6)

KU Baseball opens its 2008 home schedule today by hosting LeMoyne College.  First pitch will be at 3PM.  As I am sure everyone has noticed, it is kinda nippy out there still.  The temperature at game time will probably be in the upper 30's and breezy so if you're going to the game, my advice, layers and blankets. The only media available for this game is Gametracker, so if you want to follow the action best to bundle up and head down to the park.

The LeMoyne Dolphins are off to a rocky start but they should not be taken lightly.  They have been to the NCAA tournament three of the last five years.  In 2007 they finished with a record of 34-19 and an RPI rating of 110, six notches above the Jayhawks.  Last night LeMoyne fell at Wichita State 9-8.  The fact that they stood toe to toe with the Shockers sends a clear warning that this is a capable team.

The Dolphins will send a freshman lefty to the mound, Corey Nelson.  This will only be Nelson's third NCAA game so I do not have much more information on him.  While KU did not announce a starter yesterday I expect Andres Esquibel will represent the Jayhawks.  Complete LeMoyne statistics can be found here.  Bkmhoxx looked into the team and sends this scouting information:

Their main players that have professional aspirations are 3B Steve Crawford (.327 with 17SB last year) and he is doing even better thus far this season.  He is a high average guy with very little power but a great contact hitter and a good speed and arm.

C Phil St. Aumant (.305, 5HR, 41RBI last year), doing well so far this season too.  As a catcher, if he can stay behind the plate, he has a very good bat with some power.

Eric Beaulac is a RHP the Jayhawks will not face today. He was 8-1 with a 2.94 ERA, 81K and 50BB last year. He is a big time strikeout pitcher and should be drafted.

Famous Dolphins: Tom Browning and Jim Deshaies.

I grew up following the Reds from 1983 until 2003 and probably saw Tom Browning pitch more than any other professional. Deshaies was a hated figure from those same years. He was part of those impressive Houston starting rotations from the late 80's who made a career by doctoring the baseball.

KU stays at home this weekend, playing a four game series vs. North Dakota State.  Friday 3PM, Saturday double-header starting at noon, Sunday 1PM.  The weather looks to improve over the next five days so you can plan on spending a bit of time at Hoglund this weekend.