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Kansas beaten down 3-0 by A&M. Game two Saturday at 2PM

Texas A&M ace Brooks Raley controlled the KU offense last night, going seven innings while only giving up three hits, two walks and striking out tweleve.  By the end of the game KU had struck out 16 times.  Shaeffer Hall pitched well again but a win was not going to be found last night.  Hall's effort was not supported by the usual good defense KU provides.  The Hawks committed three errors yesterday, Nick Faunce (who suddenly seems to have more than his share of problems in the outfield), Tony Thompson (his second error in as many games after not committing an error in his first 19 games,) and Jason Brunanaky.  Brunansky pulled a real Jeckel and Hyde last night.  In the 4th inning he made a jaw-dropping-full-extension-lay-out catch of a Luke Anders drive to center field.  His glove was golden and shiney for all of two innings.  In the 6th he played a Raley drive like he had salt in his eyes and cement on his feet, allowing the A&M pitcher to score on a hit that, if played well, might have been limited to a single.

I do not want to dwell on this game too long.  Hopefully it was just one of those days when a team with a lot of momentum meets an immovable object and grinds to a temporary halt.  Game two is at 2PM.  A&M provides a free video feed of the contest.  KU is providing a free audio webcast - info for these services can be found in the series preview article.  The pitching match up today is pretty rough for KU again.  T.J. Walz, who is very good, will face Alex Wilson, who is very very good.  Hopefully good things will happen and the Hawks will find a way to win.  President George H.W. Bush and Barbara were at last night's game.  Maybe they brought some bad anti-Jayhawk mojo with them.

Yesterday's box score after the jump.  We can use this article as the living room couch to talk about today's contest.

Link to KU recap and boxscore

2009 Kansas Baseball
Kansas at #13 Texas A&M
Mar 27, 2009 at College Station, TX (Olsen Field)

Kansas 0 (15-8,3-1 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Narodowski, David ss 
Price, Robby 2b 
Lytle, Casey dh 
Afenir, Buck
Thompson, Tony 3b 
Heere, Brian rf 
Land, Preston 1b  10 
  Waters, Jimmy ph 
Faunce, Nick lf 
Brunansky, Jason cf 
Hall, Shaeffer
  Murray, Colton p 
  Blankenship, Travis p 
  Burk, Kevin p 
Totals  28  16  24  11 

Texas A&M 3 (16-9,4-3 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Colligan, Kyle cf 
Raley, Brooks p/lf 
Shofner, Caleb 2b 
Anders, Luke 1b 
Petrich, Dylan lf 
  Hales, Ross p 
  Fleece, Nick p 
Gonzalez, Kevin c  16 
Greene, Brodie ss 
Anders, Nick 3b 
Thorpe, Randall rf 
Totals  32  10  27 

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Kansas.............. 000 000 000 - 0 3 3 Texas A&M........... 001 001 10X - 3 10 0 -------------------------------------------

E - Thompson, T.(2); Faunce, N.(3); Brunansky(2). DP - Kansas 1. LOB - Kansas 7; Texas A&M 7. 2B - Narodowski(5); Raley(12); Gonzalez 2(4); N. Anders(2). HBP - Price, Ro.. SH - Heere, B.(3); Brunansky(2); Raley(4); Thorpe(2).

Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Hall, Shaeffer L,2-2  6.1  25  27  96 
Murray, Colton   0.2 
Blankenship, Travis   0.2  13 
Burk, Kevin   0.1 
Texas A&M   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Raley, Brooks W,5-0  7.0  12  22  27  111 
Hales, Ross   0.1 
Fleece, Nick S,2  1.2  22 

Win - Raley (5-0). Loss - Hall, S. (2-2). Save - Fleece (2). HBP - by Raley (Price, Ro.). Pitches/strikes: Hall, S. 96/67; Murray, C. 5/4; Blankenship 13/8; Burk, K. 5/3; Raley 111/70; Hales 8/4; Fleece 22/14.

Umpires - HP: Wesley Hamilton 1B: Curtis Alexander 3B: Doyle Sooter
Start: 6:35 pm Time: 2:34 Attendance: 3413
Weather: Partly cloudy, windy, 73*