Kansas will face TCU Saturday with a chance to move into the championship game
Taylor logs 10th quality start of the season
Jayhawks take on West Virginia at 4 p.m. Thursday on Fox College Sports
Tournament start delayed on day, format adjusted
Taylor out-dueled despite eight shutout innings
Honors and Awards:
2012 (Freshman): Played in 41 games, making 38 starts in the outfield ... Batted .248 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBIs ... Added 17 runs scored and three stolen bases ... Recorded four multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... Reached base at a .429 clip when leading off an inning ... Collected seven two-out RBIs ... Went 4-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBIs in second collegiate start, against Louisiana (March 3) ... Had two six-game hitting streaks (April 14-April 22 and May 4-May 13) ... Batted .293 with five doubles and a homer during the month of May ... Went 6-for-9 with two doubles, two runs scored in a three-game series at Kansas State (May 11-13) ... Hit a two-run homer in the Big 12 Championship against Texas A&M (May 25).
High School: Lettered two years at Lansing High School for head coach Harley Douglas and two yearsat Leavenworth High School for head coach Joe Allison ... Named All-Sunflower League twice and All-Kaw Valley League twice ... A first team all-state selection as well as a Kansas City Star All-Metro pick ... Batted .500 with nine homers and 35 RBIs with 15 stolen bases during his junior season ... Recorded 21 steals in 20 games as a freshman ... Played for the Mac-N-Seitz Indians for former Kansas City Royal Mike MacFarlane this past summer.
Personal: Dakota Smith was born in El Paso, Texas ... Son of Gina and Forrest Smith ... Has two older sisters, Tara and Alexandra ... Father, Forrest, played lacrosse at West Point ... Undecided on a major.