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Kansas defeats Missouri, 6-0

  • 1 p.m., April 17, 2011
  • Columbia, Mo.,

Monday, April 18, 2011

Jayhawks shut out Mizzou

KU claims 6-0 win, clinches series

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— Freshman Ka’iana Eldredge went 3-for-3 with a key two-out RBI single, while three Kansas University pitchers held Missouri scoreless as the Jayhawks earned their first series victory over the Tigers in Columbia since 1983 with a 6-0 triumph Sunday afternoon.

KU won its third consecutive Big 12 series and improved to 18-18 overall and 8-7 in Big 12 play. The Tigers fell to 14-22 overall and 2-9. The Jayhawks had not shut out Missouri in Columbia since 1962.

Alex Cox, Thomas Taylor and Frank Duncan held Missouri scoreless on eight hits. Cox earned his second win in two weeks, going 52⁄3 innings and allowing no runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

“He was special today, especially in this environment with the intensity level in this ballpark anytime Kansas and Missouri play,” KU coach Ritch Price said of Cox. “He got into trouble a few times, but every time he got into trouble he made a big pitch and got a double-play ball and got out of it. It was a tremendous performance by a freshman.”

The key moment for Cox came in the second when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out, and the freshman pitcher induced a second-to-short-to-first double play to end the threat. Missouri stranded 12 men Sunday, including nine in scoring position.

Meanwhile, KU scored in the first inning and kept adding throughout the afternoon.

“I was really proud of our team,” Price said. “In the past when we’ve come down here, we’ve gotten boat-raced the next day. It shows how much this team has matured and the toughness that is in our dugout.”

Taylor and Duncan closed out on the mound, pitching the final 41⁄3 innings. Taylor entered in the sixth with the bases loaded and got Brandon Champagne to ground out to first to end the threat.

“They were both really good today, too,” Price said of his relievers. “They allowed us not to have to use (KU closer) Colton (Murray), after he pitched yesterday. That was a great as well. It’s really exciting for not only right now, but for our future to start a freshman and then bring in a sophomore and have a freshman close it out. ”

Comments

KU_Alumn_2000 3 years, 3 months ago

Ku's pitching and defense are really starting to settle in. This should make them rather competitive going into the Big 12 tournament...and hopefully the NCAA tournament.

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TopCityHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice work 'fellas. I can't think of a better way to start off my day than reading about some domination of Misery (regardless of how putrid they are). On to the next one.

M-I-Z-F-M-U.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 3 months ago

not the sweep that i was hoping for (all kinds of chances to knock in more runs on Saturday), but we'll take a series win at Moo. not since 1983? that's remarkable.....we just won a series last year in Lincoln for the first time in umpteen years too.

this baseball team has had a solid Big 12 first half....a lot better than i expected. kudos to Coach Price...and we have some arms it sounds like...and we're young so it's only going to get better. it's just so much fun to beat the overhype machine that is Missouri athletics....Go Jayhawks!

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Steve Corder 3 years, 3 months ago

Continuing evidence of a solid program that keeps advancing. Well done boys!

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kuballhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Great to see KU beating up on Mizzou!!! Keep the momentum going, 'hawks! J-W Staff: Mentioning the word "baseball" in the actual article would be helpful...

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truefan 3 years, 3 months ago

Honest question. I don't follow baseball as much as I should and, therefore, I know almost nothing about our team. So my question is, how do those of you that follow the team more closely really feel about Coach Price and the overall direction of the team?

The statements above sound optimistic, but that could be attributable to the fact that we just beat MU.

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