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Archive for Sunday, March 7, 2004

Jayhawks hit hard, see streak snapped

March 7, 2004

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After a six-game winning streak, Kansas University's baseball team was grounded somewhat Saturday afternoon by a team it had pulverized in a 22-6 victory Friday.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee handed the Jayhawks their first loss of the year at Hoglund Ballpark, 9-7, by giving Kansas a taste of its own medicine -- solid hitting.

On a sunny, windy day, the Panthers smashed 17 hits and posted at least one hit every inning.

"They played very, very well," Kansas coach Ritch Price said of the Panthers. "They beat the dog out of our pitching. We had our opportunities. We just didn't get it done on the mound.

"To their credit, we left the ball up, we left it hanging, and they were smoking that baseball today."

Six KU pitchers attempted to slow down Panther batters, with none of them putting up stellar statistics. Starting pitcher Clint Schambach didn't allow a run until the fourth inning. The junior worked out of a one-out jam with runners on second and third with two straight strikeouts.

Junior Andrew Rebar (0-1) took the loss for the Jayhawks, while Panther pitcher Jed Dolske (1-0) picked up his first win.

Although the Panthers had the best offensive production, KU wasn't exactly asleep at the plate. The Jayhawks put up 12 hits but left too many men on base.

Similar to the five previous games, Kansas (13-8-1) scored first with a two-run first inning. Ritchie Price drove in fellow sophomore Matt Baty with a triple down the right-field line. Baty lengthened his hitting streak in the leadoff spot to nine games.

Price later scored on a Sean Richardson single.

Kansas had a 5-3 lead going into the top of seventh inning when the Panthers laced three consecutive singles, leading to three runs.

UW-Milwaukee held onto a 6-5 lead with two outs in the ninth inning before right fielder Ross McCoy belted a Mike Zagurski pitch over the left-field wall for a 9-5 lead.

Kansas tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Senior Matt Tribble doubled -- extending his hitting streak to 13 games -- and Andy Scholl hit a two-run, two-out homer to close gap to 9-7.

"I had a good pitch, and I put it up in the jet stream a little bit," Scholl said.

The Panthers (1-1) picked up their first win of the year.

"Early in the season we just have to battle as hard as we can," Panther coach Jerry Augustine said. "Kansas is a good ball club. We just had a day today were we adjusted really well."

Kansas will wrap up the three-game series with the Panthers at 1 p.m. today with junior southpaw Scott Sharpe scheduled to take the mound for the Jayhawks.

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