PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. Kansas University senior right-hander Frank Duncan struck out a career-high 14 batters as the KU baseball team won its seventh straight game, 11-1 against Mississippi Valley State, on Sunday at the Snowbird Classic.
Duncan (0-1) allowed just four hits and one run while throwing 92 pitches, 71 for strikes.
Five Jayhawks had multi-hit performances at the plate, contributing to Kansas’ 17 hits. Freshman catcher Michael Tinsley led the way for KU, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs. Senior centerfielder Tucker Tharp had two doubles, and junior shortstop Justin Protacio, junior left fielder Michael Suiter and sophomore first baseman Jacob Boylan also had a pair of hits.
The Jayhawks wrap up the Snowbird Classic at 9 a.m. today against St. Bonaventure.
MVSU 000 010 000 — 1 4 1
Kansas 004 200 14X — 11 17 0
W — Frank Duncan, 1-0. L — Connor Sheppeard, 0-2. SV — None.
2B — Terrance Steele, MVSU; Tucker Tharp (2), Kansas. 3B — Ryan Pidhaichuk, Kansas; Michael Tinsley, Kansas.
Kansas highlights — Tinsley 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Michael Suiter 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Duncan, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 14 K.