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SMS SWEEPS KU BASEBALL

April 8, 1999

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Southwest Missouri State claimed 16-10 and 11-4 victories over Kansas on Wednesday.

Tossed and swept.

That was the sum total of Kansas University baseball coach Bobby Randall's Wednesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.

After sitting through KU's 16-10 loss to Southwest Missouri State in the opener, Randall was ejected in the sixth inning of Kansas' 11-4 loss in the seven-inning nightcap.

"I didn't have to watch the full seven innings," Randall half-joked. "That was probably the most productive thing I did was get tossed. The team was praying for that."

Randall drew his first ejection since 1997 and his first at home in his four-year KU coaching tenure for arguing balls and strikes, but it was first-base umpire Bob Jones who gave him the thumb.

"It was futility," Randall said. "Maybe I saw it wrong and maybe I saw it right. Frustration, feelings of pent-up anger and frustration and a lot of emotion. What did I say that got me thrown out? I raised my hands. But you don't argue balls and strikes. They have the authority to throw me out."

And they exercised it, forcing Randall to watch the final innings of the Jayhawks' sixth straight loss from the service area behind the dugout.

"A lot of that frustration is, I feel I should be doing a better job," Randall said. "We're not playing well."

That was the case most of Wednesday, when four KU pitchers allowed 17 hits in the opener, including six for extra bases. That more than overcame Kansas' 10 hits and the Bears' four errors.

"You score 10 runs, you should win," Randall said.

The SMS hit parade continued in the nightcap, when the Bears (21-7) exploded for an 11-0 lead after three innings and collected an additional 15 hits in Game Two.

"We gave up 11 runs in three innings," Randall said. "That took us out of it early. We pitched poorly. We pitched poorly in both games. Defensively, we were OK. But that was not good pitching."

Kansas (10-24) knew the Bears could hit. The Missouri Valley Conference leaders -- ahead, even, of Wichita State -- brought a .320 batting average into Wednesday's twinbill, and they boast Matt Cepicky, a .415 hitter who came in with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs.

"They're a very good hitting team," Randall said, "but they're not good pitching."

Doug Dreher led the Jayhawks with four hits on the night, and Chad King was 3-for-7 with two home runs and four RBIs.

"We're having a little trouble putting it all together," King said. "Sometimes our pitchers only give up three runs and we only score two. It gets frustrating not being able to put it all together. Everyone's frustrated."

The Jayhawks will travel to Columbia, Mo., for a three-game Big 12 set at Missouri this weekend. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

-- Andrew Hartsock's phone number is 832-7216. His e-mail address is ahartsock@ljworld.com.

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