After falling behind 6-0 the Jayhawks rallied for five late runs before falling 6-5 to Texas A&M yesterday. The loss completed an Aggie sweep. Kansas fell to 15-10 overall and 3-3 in Big-12 play.
Kansas did not play particularly badly in College Station this weekend. Overall the team’s pitching performance was good. Shaeffer Hall and Brett Bochy had very good games on the bump. Bochy gave up a run on Saturday in 0.2 innings but was amazing on Sunday, striking out seven of the nine Aggies he faced. David Narodowski (5-13) and Preston Land (3-9) both looked good at the plate. Friday Kansas could get nothing going against Texas A&M ace Brooks Raley but they bounced back and scored eleven runs off a very good pitching staff between Saturday and Sunday. The team has played better this year, but this weekend’s performance certainly was not a collapse. Texas A&M is a very good team, and the games were on the road, and I guess when you combine those factors with uneven performance it is not hard for a Big-12 team to find its way to three quick losses.
Highlighting a few things that did not go well for KU this weekend: The team committed five errors which allowed the Aggies to score at minimum three additional runs. The last two games were one-run affairs. The errors appear to have decided those contests. Kansas put a fair number of men on base but had a lot of trouble bringing them home. Kansas had 37 base runners and scored 11 runs. Not a good ratio. Why did they have so much trouble bringing the runners home? One big reason was too many strikeouts. In the series KU struck out 40 times. By comparison A&M whiffed 21 times.
Kansas has two mid-week games vs. Northern Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday before welcoming Baylor to Lawrence for a weekend conference series. Hopefully these three losses will not weigh too heavily on the team’s shoulders and they will bounce right back. Kansas is 12-0 at home. I would love to see that number grow to 17-0 by this time next week.
Game three box score and KU recap after the break.
2009 Kansas Baseball
Kansas at #12 Texas A&M
Mar 29, 2009 at College Station, TX (Olsen Field)
Kansas 5 (15-10,3-3 Big 12)
|Narodowski, David ss||4||1||2||2||1||1||2||5||0|
|Price, Robby 2b||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||0||1|
|Heere, Brian rf||3||1||1||0||1||2||1||0||0|
|Afenir, Buck c||4||1||2||1||0||1||10||1||0|
|Thompson, Tony 3b||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||3|
|Waters, Jimmy dh||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||1|
|Lytle, Casey lf||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0|
|Land, Preston 1b||4||1||1||0||0||1||7||1||1|
|Faunce, Nick cf||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0|
|Ridenhour, Lee p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Bochy, Brett p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Blankenship, Travis p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Texas A&M 6 (18-9,6-3 Big 12)
|Colligan, Kyle cf||3||0||1||0||1||0||4||0||1|
|Raley, Brooks lf||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Shofner, Caleb 2b||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||1||0|
|Anders, Luke 1b||3||2||1||0||1||2||6||0||0|
|Patterson, Joe dh||3||2||1||2||0||2||0||0||1|
|Gonzalez, Kevin c||2||0||0||0||0||0||12||1||0|
|Greene, Brodie ss||2||1||0||1||0||1||3||2||0|
|Parsons, Brett rf||3||0||1||2||0||1||0||0||0|
|Anders, Nick 3b||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||2||0|
|Loux, Barret p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hales, Ross p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Fleece, Nick p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|E - Lytle, C.(2); Shofner(3). DP - Kansas 1. LOB - Kansas 6; Texas A&M 2. 2B - Afenir, B.(5); Land, P.(4). HR - Patterson(3). HBP - Patterson. SH - Gonzalez(4). SF - Greene(2). SB - Narodowski(5). CS - Raley(2).|
|Ridenhour, Lee L,3-2||4.0||4||6||5||3||0||0||0||1||0||13||19||2||8||60|
|Loux, Barret W,1-0||6.2||5||3||3||3||11||1||0||0||0||25||28||6||3||119|
|Fleece, Nick S,3||1.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||5||5||3||1||11|
|Win - Loux (1-0). Loss - Ridenhour (3-2). Save - Fleece (3). WP - Loux(4). HBP - by Ridenhour (Patterson). PB - Afenir, B.(3). Pitches/strikes: Ridenhour 60/35; Bochy, B. 35/25; Blankenship 20/12; Loux 119/76; Hales 17/13; Fleece 11/9.
Umpires - HP: Doyle Sooter 1B: Wesley Hamilton 3B: Curtis Alexander