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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

KU baseball completes sweep of Missouri State

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Backed by strong pitching, the Kansas baseball team completed the season sweep over Missouri State with an 11-6 win Tuesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks (17-15) used five pitchers, including three southpaws, to disrupt a Missouri State (11-21) offense that entered the night on a hot streak.

Junior reliever Nathan Barry (2-0) earned the win with a career-high 2 2/3 innings pitched. He held off the Bears after sophomore starter Steve Washilewski gave Kansas four innings. Washilewski has struck out 15 batters in 9 1/3 innings of work spanning two starts against the Bears.

The Jayhawk bats stayed hot from the weekend and blasted Missouri State pitching for 11 runs off 16 hits, including six doubles and a home run by sophomore second baseman James Cosentino.

Junior shortstop Benjamin Sems finished with a 4-for-5 performance with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger tied a career-high knocking in three RBIs.

Kansas plays host to Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Friday.

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