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KU Baseball Weekly Update: 4.20.15

Jayhawks had a rough go last week, going only 1-3. KU sits at 16-24 on the year.

The Jayhawks followed up a great week with a not-so-great week, taking only one of the four games they played.

Wednesday, April 15 - #15 Missouri State 3, @ Kansas 0

MSU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning while KU mustered only two hits on the afternoon.  MSU pitchers did issue six walks, but the Jayhawks couldn't take advantage.  KU used six pitchers on the afternoon, all of whom were effective with the exception of starter Sean Rackoski (3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, K) who was roughed up by the Bears.

Friday, April 17 - Texas 3, @ Kansas 2 (14 innings)

A pitcher's duel ensued inside Hoglund Ballpark on Friday night with the Jayhawks pitching staff matching UT inning for inning almost all night long.  SP Ben Krauth (9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) pitched a career-high nine innings in what was easily his best start as a Jayhawk.  CL Stephen Villines (5.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K) tossed all of the extra frames, holding the Longhorns scoreless until the 14th inning when UT pushed across a single run on a slow roller to short with two outs.  KU was led offensively by 3B Matt McLaughlin (2/5, BB).

Saturday, April 18 - @ Kansas 5, Texas 4

Texas took an early 3-0 lead, but KU fought back and eventually pushed across the game-winnin run in the bottom of the ninth inning to knock off the Longhorns.  LF Connor McKay (2/5, R, RBI, HR) led the Jayhawks defensively and offensively.  McKay made a potentially game-saving catch in the top of the 9th inning, then banged a home run off the left field foul pole with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game.

Sunday, April 19 - Texas 16, @ Kansas 7

Six Jayhawk pitchers were ineffective in the series finale, walking six Longhorns and allowing 23 hits en route to 16 Texas runs scored.  KU's offense put up some runs of their own, but just couldn't keep up.  C Michael Tinsley (2/2, R, 3 RBI, HR) led the way offensively for Kansas.

Up Next

KU will host Wichita State on Tuesday, April 21, to wrap up a 10-game homestand before heading out to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers over the weekend.  All four games can be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network through KUAthletics.com/Radio or on the official Kansas Jayhawks mobile app.

In addition, the game against WSU will be available on the Jayhawk Television Network and ESPN3 (blackout conditions may apply).