For the most part, the Jayhawks held their own against the #2-ranked LSU Tigers down in Louisiana this weekend despite being unable to break through with a win.
In Game 1 the Jayhawks bats were mostly silent as LSU starter Jared Poche' only allowed two Jayhawk hits in the first six innings. Kansas starter Drew Morovick only allowed five hits in his six innings of work, but a three-run home run by LSU catcher Kade Scivicque in the second inning proved to be all the Tigers would need and LSU took Game 1 by a 4-1 score.
In Game 2, Kansas southpaw Ben Krauth cruised through the first four innings, giving up just one run on three hits, but LSU lit him up in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs off a combination of Krauth and the Jayhawk bullpen. KU did rally in the later innings, putting up 5 runs of their own and bringing the tying run to the plate in the top of the 9th, but couldn't complete the rally and fell by an 8-5 score.
In Game 3, KU capitalized on four early LSU errors, taking a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning. But LSU rallied with two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. KU's bats remained silent the rest of the way - the Jayhawks only put together three hits in the game - and KU fell 7-4.
Overall, KU was only credited with 17 hits in the three-game series, and that just isn't going to cut it against teams of LSU's caliber.
There were some positives to take away from the weekend. The Jayhawks did flash some leather in the three games, playing excellent defense (only two errors in the series) and making some flashy plays as well. In addition, Kansas closer Stephen Villines went three-up three-down in the one inning he pitched over the weekend. The Jayhawks competed with one of the best teams in the country, and hopefully the lessons learned and the experiences gained will help them once Big 12 play rolls around.
Up next, KU will travel to Arizona (Mesa and Surprise) for the Big 12-Pac 12 challenge where the Jayhawks will play Washington, Utah, Washington State, and Oregon State on consecutive dates starting on Thursday, February 19.