Despite Nebraska fans continuing to harass me on Twitter, I am determined to bring you a weekly KU Baseball report.
The Jayhawks had a tough schedule this week with two Top-20 teams, and as good teams are wont to do, the KU pitching staff was exposed again. #19 Minnesota handled the Jayhawks at home in their two-game set, and as expected, #8 Texas Tech rolled into Lawrence and left Sunday afternoon with a sweep, outscoring the Jayhawks 25-8 in the three games. Kansas actually had some chances on Friday night (don't let the scores fool you) but some bad breaks cost the Jayhawks several chances to build a lead, and once Tech got KU's ace Ben Krauth out of the game, it was curtains for the good guys. Kansas also hung with Tech pretty well on Sunday, but failed to capitalize on several bases-loaded opportunities and hit into a season-high four double plays.
TUE Kansas 7, @ #19 Minnesota 19
WED Kansas 7, @ #19 Minnesota 12
FRI #8 Texas Tech 10, @ Kansas 3
SAT #8 Texas Tech 9, @ Kansas 2
SUN #8 Texas Tech 6, @ Kansas 3
Performances of the Week:
CL Stephen Villines (Sunday): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 R/ER
2B Colby Wright (Tuesday): 2/4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Of note, KU Catcher Michael Tinsley is now hitting .402 on the year, leading the Big 12. Tinsley has simply been consistent at the plate over the past six or so weeks, going hitless in only two games since March 29. On the season, Tinsley has had multi-hit games in 23 of KU's 46 contests.
Big 12 Standings
The Jayhawks are now in last place, a half game behind Baylor and Kansas State. The Jayhawks have played their final home game of 2016; they still have a series left with Kansas State and Oklahoma State, along with a single non-con game at Wichita State. Kansas had better sweep the Wildcats if they want any chance of qualifying for the Big 12 Tournament.
KU will travel to Manhattan for a Fri-Sun weekend series with their in-state rivals. All three games will be broadcast by Cox Communications, while the Saturday and Sunday games will also be available on ESPN3. As always, you can catch KU baseball for free online at KUAthletics.com/radio.