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Originally published May 30, 2009 at 02:43p.m., updated May 30, 2009 at 07:48p.m.

KU throttles Dartmouth

Kansas starter Shaeffer Hall hurls a pitch in this April 3, 2009, file photo. Hall allowed five hits over nine innings in his best outing since tossing a no-hitter in his first start, Feb. 20, against Air Force.

Kansas starter Shaeffer Hall hurls a pitch in this April 3, 2009, file photo. Hall allowed five hits over nine innings in his best outing since tossing a no-hitter in his first start, Feb. 20, against Air Force.

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And ... they’re back.

A day after suffering a deflating loss to No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Kansas University’s baseball team pounded Dartmouth, 16-0, to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 1-1 in the double-elimination tourney.

KU starter Shaeffer Hall retired the first 14 Big Green batters en route to a complete-game shutout. He scattered five hits over nine innings in his best outing since tossing a no-hitter in his first start, Feb. 20, against Air Force.

“After we got beat up yesterday on the mound, especially when you need to turn your team around, you start with the starting pitcher,” KU coach Ritch Price said. His Jayhawks will face Coastal Carolina at noon today in a must-win for both teams. “And he was really special today.”

Unlike Hall’s last outing, when he pitched well against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament but failed to get much support as KU stranded 12 runners in a 5-4 loss to the Wildcats, KU (38-23) wasted little time scoring Saturday.

For the first time in four games, KU scored first, thanks to a two-run home run from senior catcher Buck Afenir in the top of the first inning and a third-inning solo home run by shortstop David Narodowski, his third at regionals and fifth of the postseason.

KU used a five-run fourth inning to break the game open.

Afenir and third baseman Tony Thompson led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Left fielder Casey Lytle reached on an error on the next at-bat to score Afenir from second. After center fielder Nick Faunce was hit by a pitch to load the bases, freshman first baseman/right fielder Zac Elgie homered to left field for a grand slam that pushed Kansas’ lead to 8-0.

“I just go up there and I just kind of go through the approach that our coaches have told us throughout the season and stick with it,” said Elgie, who was 2-for-5 with six RBIs. “I got ahead in the count and was just waiting on a fastball strike, and I got a fastball and put a good swing on it.”

The Jayhawks, who knocked out Dartmouth starter Kyle Hendricks after just four innings, plated two in the fifth, five in the sixth and one in the seventh — on a Jason Brunansky RBI single.

Ten different KU players had hits. The team’s 16-run victory margin was its biggest ever in NCAA Tournament play. The Jayhawks’ 17 hits were the most by KU in an NCAA Tournament game since a 19-hit performance against Ohio State in 1994.

“There’s not much you can say when you get three hits and you don’t score a run,” Big Green coach Bob Whalen said. His team finished with a 27-18 record.

“Most of that was we just had a tremendous game pitched against us by (Hall) from Kansas. He was just exceptional. Unfortunately, in baseball, sometimes that’s going to happen.”

Kansas will now turn its attention to Coastal Carolina, a team that handed the Jayhawks an 11-3 tournament-opening thumping on Friday. The Chanticleers (47-15) are coming off a 14-5 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, a game that dropped them to 1-1 in the tourney.

A victory over Coastal would push KU into a 4 p.m. contest against North Carolina (2-0 in the tournament, 44-16 overall). To emerge from the Chapel Hill regional, KU would have to beat the Tar Heels once more, at 5 p.m. Monday.

“We'll try to put a plan together that gives us a chance, obviously, to win a doubleheader,” said Price of his approach for today’s pitching assignments. “We may mix and match it a little bit. I've done that in the past and have had some success with it.”

Comments

jayhawktd 10 years, 7 months ago

Excellent job Hawks! Representing us well on the way back up to the regional final. It's just too bad that there was absolutely no coverage of the game anywhere to be found before and during. When you have to log onto the NCAA's website to find out when the game is and what the score is during such a SLOW sports news period, that's just poor on the LJ World's part. In all fairness KU Athletics had nothing about it either, but to me when you have a team still alive in the postseason, that's more important than any other minor story that you create just to fill lines. I'm normally a big fan of the LJ World, but this one irked me a bit.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 7 months ago

I believe the game was today, not yesterday, so I don't understand how you think they could have written the article yesterday. Did I misintrepret your question?

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 7 months ago

Price is Priceless...I hope he never leaves KU.

KirkwoodHawk 10 years, 7 months ago

oldalum,

I believe he was referring to the team's performance.

jayhawk4alifetime 10 years, 7 months ago

Just guessing, but I think sdoyel was referencing the Jayhawk offensive performance in todays game as opposed to the CC game yesterday.

actorman 10 years, 7 months ago

I agree, jayhawktd. It would be nice if the baseball team got a little more credit and notoriety for the great season they've had and are continuing to have.

KUSmurf 10 years, 7 months ago

Still a long way to go. Gotta beat the team that destroyed us yesterday, then win 2 against UNC (if I'm not mistaken, since it's double elimination).

Two games tomorrow. Going to be a long day.

KJRFC 10 years, 7 months ago

Anyone think we can beat those clowns by 18 like we did in the 2008 Final Four? Go KU!!!

100 10 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the gametracker, my 3-3 score came from a scoreboard in Austin. Sorry about the misinformation.

Justin LoBurgio 10 years, 7 months ago

5-1 bottom of the 8th....2 outs, we have runners at 1st and 2nd

100 10 years, 7 months ago

Gametracker not working. Who has 5?

jayhawkintx73 10 years, 7 months ago

Go to kuathletics.com for more coverage. Its KU's official athletics website.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 7 months ago

According to KU Athletics, the second game today can be watched online. "KU will take on North Carolina Sunday at 4 p.m. Fans can watch live video of the contest on the Tar Heels' official web site, www.tarheelblue.com."

jayhawkintx73 10 years, 7 months ago

i'm not real familiar with how the College Baseball post season goes, but as I understand the brackets, Kansas will play North Carolina in a best of 3 series next weekend. Winner of that goes to the CWS. KU beat Coastal Carolina 5-1 earlier today to advance.

okjhok 10 years, 7 months ago

No, we're in the regionals. It's double elimination, so KU has to beat UNC today and tomorrow in order to advance to the super regionals, which are a best of 3 series to advance to Omaha.

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