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Jayhawk rally falls short. Texas A&M completes sweep of Kansas

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.

Kansas Recap

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)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Narodowski, David ss 
Price, Robby 2b 
Heere, Brian rf 
Afenir, Buck 10 
Thompson, Tony 3b 
Waters, Jimmy dh 
Lytle, Casey lf 
Land, Preston 1b 
Faunce, Nick cf 
Ridenhour, Lee
  Bochy, Brett p 
  Blankenship, Travis p 
Totals  35  12  24 

Texas A&M 6 (18-9,6-3 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Colligan, Kyle cf 
Raley, Brooks lf 
Shofner, Caleb 2b 
Anders, Luke 1b 
Patterson, Joe dh 
Gonzalez, Kevin c  12 
Greene, Brodie ss 
Parsons, Brett rf 
Anders, Nick 3b 
Loux, Barret p 
  Hales, Ross p 
  Fleece, Nick p 
Totals  25  27 

Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- Kansas.............. 000 001 220 - 5 8 1 Texas A&M........... 020 400 00X - 6 4 1 -------------------------------------------

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).

Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ridenhour, Lee L,3-2  4.0  13  19  60 
Bochy, Brett   3.0  35 
Blankenship, Travis   1.0  20 
Texas A&M   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Loux, Barret W,1-0  6.2  11  25  28  119 
Hales, Ross   0.2  17 
Fleece, Nick S,3  1.2  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
Start: 12:05 pm Time: 2:29 Attendance: 3380
Weather: 66 degrees, clear, calm