Kansas Drops Series Opener to Wildcats
April 29, 2005
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State junior Chase Mitchell tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Wildcats downed the University of Kansas baseball team, 7-0, on Friday at Tointon Stadium.
The loss drops KU's overall record to 27-21 this season and 4-11 in Big 12 play, while Kansas State improves to 23-18 and 7-12 in conference action.
Mitchell was the story of the game as he allowed only four base runners in the contest while striking out five.
The Jayhawks got off to a rocky start in the contest as the Wildcats batted around to plate five runs in the bottom of the first inning after the Jayhawks went down in order in the top half of the inning.
Kansas' only scoring threat came in the top of the fourth inning as shortstop Ritchie Price and left fielder A.J. Van Slyke drew walks to lead off the inning. The Jayhawks could not capitalize as the next three batters were retired to end the inning.
Jayhawk junior pitcher Kodiak Quick recovered from the first inning to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when KSU right fielder Steve Murphy delivered with a one-out RBI double.
The Wildcats chased Quick in the bottom of the eighth as they pushed across their seventh and final run of the ball game.
For the game, Quick finished with 7 2/3 innings pitched and allowed three earned runs on 11 hits while walking two and striking out four.
At the plate, only Van Slyke and senior first baseman Andy Scholl were able to collect hits off of Mitchell.
Kansas and Kansas State will resume the three-game set with a 7 p.m. match-up at KU's Hoglund Ballpark on Saturday. The Jayhawks will send freshman right-hander Tyson Corley (1-0) to the mound to face Wildcat lefty Mitch Walter (2-3).