Friday, April 11, 2003

KU baseball sweeps twinbill

Jayhawks claim 6-5, 9-6 wins; KU softball routed


— The Kansas University baseball team got back on a winning track, winning both games of a doubleheader Thursday against Western Illinois.

In the first game, sophomore Travis Metcalf hit a bases-loaded double that scored three runs, leading the Jayhawks to a 6-5 victory over the Leathernecks (10-19).

Pat Holmes (3-1) got the win, allowing 11 hits and three runs -- two earned -- in eight innings. Brandon Johnson worked the ninth for a save.

KU spread the wealth in the second game, a 9-6 victory. Senior Lance Hayes, juniors Matt Tribble and Jake Kauzlarich and freshman Ritchie Price each had two RBIs for the Jayhawks. Hayes and senior Kevin Wheeler each scored two runs, helping Kenny Falconer (2-0) earn the victory.

Johnson again earned the save, his sixth this season.

Kansas coach Ritch Price said the doubleheader sweep came at the right time.

"I thought today was outstanding for our ballclub," Price said. "We needed our bats to come alive before this weekend's series at Texas Tech, and they did just that. We also had a pair of really good pitching performances from Pat Holmes and Kenny Falconer."

The Jayhawks (26-14 overall, 2-7 Big 12 Conference) will travel to Lubbock, Texas, this weekend for a three-game series starting at 7 tonight.

Kansas 6, Western Illinois 5

First game

Kansas 020 300 001 -- 6 16 2

W. Illinois 000 101 102 -- 5 14 1

W--Holmes (3-1). L--Butler (2-3). S--Johnson (5).

2B--KU: Metcalf; WIU: Rooney, Milliken, Schmidgall.

KU highlights: Ritchie Price 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; Kevin Wheeler 3-for-4, two runs; Travis Metcalf 1-for-5, 3 RBIs, run.

Kansas 9, Western Illinois 6

Second game

Kansas 001 600 2 -- 9 13 0

W. Illinois 010 122 0 -- 6 7 1

W--Falconer (2-0). L--McCool (3-3). S--Johnson (6).

2B--KU: Hayes, Wheeler, Tribble, Kauzlarich; WIU: Schultz.

KU highlights: Lance Hayes 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Ritchie Price 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; Ryan Baty 2-for-4, run, 12 putouts; Kevin Wheeler 1-for-3, walk, 2 runs; Matt Tribble, 1-for-4, run, 2 RBIs; Travis Metcalf, 2-for-4, run, RBI; Jake Kauzlarich, 2-for-3, run, 2 RBIs; Brandon Johnson, 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 K, save.

Nebraska softball routs Jayhawks, 8-0

Nebraska pounded Kansas University pitchers Kara Pierce and Kirsten Milhoan for nine hits and eight runs, helping the Huskers upend the Jayhawks, 8-0, Thursday in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska (28-9, 6-4 Big 12) had an impressive outing from junior pitcher Peaches James, who didn't allow a hit in five innings.

Pierce (14-8) took the loss for the Jayhawks, who play host to Texas A&M; at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nebraska 8, Kansas 0

Kansas 000 00 -- 0 0 2

Nebraska 005 03 -- 8 9 0

W--James (16-7). L--Pierce (14-8).

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