Benjamin, Poppe, Toalson, Suiter honored by Big 12 Conference
Kansas to play three games at Spring Mobile Ballpark against the Utes
Jayhawks end Big 12 play at 12-12, with one non-conference series left in regular season
Kansas (31-18) extends its season-best winning streak to six games.
Kansas-Wichita State meet for second time in a week
Awards and Honors:
2012 (Junior): Earned selection to Academic All-Big 12 First Team for second-straight season ... Pitched in 26 games, making one start ... Recorded a team-best five saves in 38 2/3 innings ... Tallied 32 strikeouts ... Earned first save against Bowling Green (Feb. 18), tossing a perfect inning ... Struck out the side against North Dakota (March 6) to earn his second save ... Recorded a four-out save against Houston Baptist (March 18) ... Saved KU's first conference win, pitching a scoreless ninth against Texas Tech (March 31) ... Tossed a season-high five innings of relief against Wichita State (April 10) ... Recorded a season-high four strikeouts at UALR (May 1) ... Made first start of season against Missouri at Big 12 Championship (May 26).
Summer 2011: Pitched for the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... Manager was Mike Coombs ... Made six starts and posted four wins with 36 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings on the mound.
2011 (Sophomore): Made 14 appearances, including 13 starts ... Went 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 71 1/3 innings ... Recorded 47 strikeouts and 35 walks ... Went 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in Big 12 games ... Held opponents to a .230 batting average with men on base ... Recorded two quality starts ... Allowed one run on three hits over six innings, but took a no-decision at No. 1 TCU (Feb. 20) ... Recorded second career save pitching three innings against Iowa (Feb. 28) ... Held Oklahoma State to two runs on seven hits over seven innings to earn first victory of the season (March 20) ... Won start against No. 4 Texas, where he allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings ... Matched a season-high with six strikeouts over four innings against Alabama A&M (May 14).
2010 (Freshman): Named team's Rookie of the Year ... Pitched in 20 games, making nine starts ... Posted a 3-4 record with a 5.25 ERA in 61 2/3 innings ... Recorded a 1-1 record and a 5.63 ERA in Big 12 games ... Went 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 10 road games ... Held opponents to a .262 batting average ... Pitched a scoreless inning of relief in collegiate debut against Gonzaga with two strikeouts (Feb. 27) ... Allowed no runs on no hits to Saint Mary in his first collegiate start (March 9), to earn his first win ... Suffered a tough-luck loss at Tulane (March 16), allowing one unearned run on seven hits over six innings ... Pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief at Baylor (March 28), in series finale ... Collected first career save, recording final two outs of win over Missouri State (March 31) ... Tallied season-high four strikeouts in four innings of relief at Texas (April 11) ... Earned series clinching victory at Nebraska (April 18), allowing one run on four hits over six innings ... Received no decision after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits at Oklahoma State (May 2).
Girard HS: Lettered four years in baseball for head coach Keith Matlock ... A two-time all-league and all-area pitcher ... Helped team qualify for region championship in 2008 ... Also lettered four years in basketball and three in football ... Named all-area, all-state and team MVP in basketball ... An all-league and all-area tight end in football ... Led basketball team to two undefeated regular seasons and second and third-place finishes at the state tournament ... Played summer baseball for the Baxter Springs legion team ... Finished high school with a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born in Girard, Kan. ... Son of Gaylar and Angie Poppe ... Older sister, Marissa Poppe, plays basketball at Pittsburg State ... An exercise science major.