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Monday, March 29, 2004

Kansas, Nebraska split pair

Jayhawks win, 12-9, then fall in nightcap

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— Phil Shirek struck out 10 in the nightcap as Nebraska earned a split of a baseball doubleheader Sunday against Kansas University, taking a 13-3 win after dropping a 12-9 decision in the opener.

Shirek (4-0) allowed two first-inning runs before settling down.

The Cornhuskers (16-5 overall, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) used homers by Alex Gordon, Jake Mullinax and Braden Keith in an 11-hit attack. Gordon hit a two-run shot in the third off KU starter Mike Zagurski. Mullinax also homered in a three-run third for Nebraska. Keith added his first career home run in the win.

Zagurski (3-1) took the loss, allowing six runs on four hits in 41/3 innings.

In the opener, Mullinax homered as Nebraska rallied, but could not overcome a sizable deficit.

Kansas (22-11-1, 1-2) chased Nebraska starter Quinton Robertson after just 22/3 innings. The Jayhawks utilized a five-run third inning to take an 8-0 lead.

Robertson (1-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits.

Clint Schambach (3-0) earned the win, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five.

The Jayhawks pounded out 16 hits to snap Nebraska's eight-game winning streak.

KU's Andy School went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Sean Richardson and Ryan Baty each homered and scored three times. The Jayhawks jumped to a 12-2 lead after four innings and withstood a late-inning Husker comeback.

Kansas will play its first conference home games in a three-game series against Oklahoma starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

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