LINCOLN, NEB. Denard Stewart's sacrifice allowed Steve Meeks to score in the 10th inning, as Kansas defeated Nebraska, 4-3, in the opener of a baseball doubleheader here Saturday. KU also won the nightcap, 3-1.
"Denard did a lot of things for us today, defensively and offensively," said KU coach Dave Bingham. "He was one of our keys to victory."
Curtis Shaw earned the win in Game One, pitching four innings and allowing three hits and one run. He walked three and fanned five. Starter Steve Renko gave up six hits and two runs and struck out seven in six innings.
IN GAME TWO, Mike Massey took the win after pitching all seven innings and allowing three hits.
"The stars for us today were the three pitchers," Bingham said. "We got three great pitching performances from Renko, Massey and Shaw. Aside from the pitching, everybody else contributed, offensively and in the field.
"And I was really pleased with Renko's pitching performance. He confused the Nebraska batters and really set the tone for us pitching-wise. He was the real difference in the ball game.
"Today's game was by far Massey's best performance in his two years at Kansas. Mike keeps getting better every time out."
"I felt like I had command of all my pitches today," he said, "and I was hitting my spots. I had great defense behind me. It was just a total team effort today."
Kansas ran its record to 13-12 overall, 2-0 in the Big Eight. Nebraska fell to 18-10, 0-2.
The teams were to meet again today in another doubleheader. The second game is a reschedule from Friday's rainout.