An elite pitching performance by Ryan Zeferjahn paved the way for Kansas in its 10-0 win over Kansas State in the first game of the Sunflower Showdown Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Zeferjahn (5-2) was dominant for Kansas (29-24, 10-12 Big 12) through 7 1/3 innings, shutting down the Wildcats' (25-29, 8-14 Big 12) offense while striking out eight batters and only surrendering three hits.
After recording two strikeouts in the top of the sixth frame, Zeferjahn tallied his 100th strikeout to become the first pitcher in Kansas history to record two seasons with 100 or more strikeouts.
The Jayhawks pounced on the Wildcats early, scoring five runs in the first inning with the help of a walk and four-straight singles by the middle of the batting order. Junior Benjamin Sems led the KU offense with a 2-for-4 performance while recording two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The second game is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.