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Friday, May 25, 2012

KU baseball downs Texas, will face A&M in rematch today

Kansas' Tucker Tharp (6) is congratulated by teammate Zac Elgie, right, after scoring against Texas A&M in the sixth inning of a Big 12 conference tournament college baseball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Texas A&M won 10-4, but will face the Jayhawks in a rematch today after KU defeated the Texas Longhorns, 4-2.

Kansas' Tucker Tharp (6) is congratulated by teammate Zac Elgie, right, after scoring against Texas A&M in the sixth inning of a Big 12 conference tournament college baseball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Texas A&M won 10-4, but will face the Jayhawks in a rematch today after KU defeated the Texas Longhorns, 4-2.

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— A three-run first inning and strong pitching lifted Kansas University to a 4-2 win over Texas and eliminated the third-seeded Longhorns from the Big 12 Baseball Championship on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The victory was KU’s first in postseason play since winning the tournament in 2006.

Kansas’ Wes Benjamin (5-7) gave up one run on five hits over six innings to get the win, while Robert Kahana allowed one run during the final three innings to earn the save for the seventh-seeded Jayhawks (23-33).

“One thing we’ve done well all year is pitch well,” KU coach Ritch Price said. “We’ve pitched well not only in the starting position, but we’ve pitched well at the back end of the ballgames. We’ve played well defensively, that’s been the strength of our club.”

John Curtiss (2-3) gave up all four Kansas runs over 6 2/3 innings to take the loss for Texas (30-22).

KU senior Chris Manship went 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, a triple and a RBI to lead the Kansas offense. Fellow Jayhawk James Stanfield also chipped in two hits in four at-bats and had one RBI.

Texas scored just one run in the first eight innings before Kahana allowed the final run in the ninth.

The Jayhawks will meet sixth-ranked Texas A&M; for the second time in the 2012 conference tournament in an elimination game today at 7 p.m. The Aggies defeated the Jayhawks, 10-4 in the first round on Wednesday, before losing to Missouri, 5-3 on Thursday night.

If Kansas wins tonight, it will face Missouri in a tournament semi-final on Saturday. The Jayhawks would need to beat the Tigers twice to advance to Sunday’s Big 12 Championship game.

Comments

Todd Simpson 7 years, 5 months ago

let's go 5 game winning streak make the CWS

Kevin Kelly 7 years, 5 months ago

Actually we will only need to win 4 games to get to the NCAA tourney. Need to win Friday, twice Sat and the winner take all championship on Sun.

Then.....

The CWS is the term used not for the whole tourney but just the last 8 teams that go to Omaha. So we would need to win between 5 - 6 games in the first weekend of the tournement and then 2 games on the next weekend to get to the 'CWS'.

Just saying.....we need 11 - 12 wins to make it to the CWS and 4 games to the NCAA tournement. That said...if they come to the CWS I have tickets.

David Hewitt 7 years, 5 months ago

"The Jayhawks would need to beat the Tigers twice to advance to Sunday’s Big 12 Championship game." - is that a best-of-3 series, or is it that KU would need 2 consecutive wins and Missouri would need only 1?

HawkTronic 7 years, 5 months ago

The latter. Double elimination tournament. KU has lost once. We would need to beat A&M today, then beat the Tigers twice, who have not lost yet (just threw up a little saying that). Win three games and we are in the championship.

I have a question, Mr. Staff Reports (or smart posters): What is the pitching rotation over the next 3 days assuming wins? We've used arguably our best two guys. Would we see Duncan again? Benjaman?

Kit Duncan 7 years, 5 months ago

It's a double elimination tournament. KU has lost once and must win to play on. OU and MU are undefeated and one loss will not eliminate either team. KU, aTm, BU and KSU play in today's elimination games. The winners then play MU and OU on Saturday.

HawkTronic 7 years, 5 months ago

Speedy McPost. I knew my spell check would slow me down...

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 5 months ago

Great win!!! Sure would be wonderful to eliminate Mizzery. I sure don't want to see them advance to play another SEC team in the super-regionals

Gary Wirsig 7 years, 5 months ago

5-3, KU leads A&M, bottom of the eighth!

MichiganHawk 7 years, 5 months ago

5-3 final tonight! Big win, guys! One Big XII traitor sent packing; now go give Methzou two old fashioned thumpings tomorrow!

Ludwig Supraphonic 7 years, 5 months ago

Mizzery is flushed out of the Big 12 chanting "SEC". On a blustery Columbia morning next September the Georgia Bulldog bus haplessly roams desolate streets looking for the stadium. They are directed past the rusty single-wide methlab with the overflowing litter box, to a bleak stadium sparsely occupied by a few rustics. A welcoming party of toothless crones in halloween colors whistles dixie. The morose few who vertured from sunny Athens to mudville offer a tepid greeting.
Bet you can't wait to host these bumpkins in Athens next year.

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