Jayhawks Blanked by Air Force, 3-0
May 5, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Air Force left-hander Ben Bertleson tossed a complete game eight- hitter Saturday as Kansas fell to the Falcons 3-0, at Hoglund Ballpark during the second day of the Jayhawk Classic.
Bertleson struck out eight KU hitters as the Jayhawks fell to 19-28 on the season, while Air Force improved to 13-33 overall.
Combining for half of the Kansas hits versus the Falcon right-hander were juniors Alex DeLeon and Kevin Kuntz, who each collected a pair of hits. DeLeon went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Kuntz was 2-for-4.
Taking the hard luck loss for Ritch Price's club was freshman starter Wes Benjamin who went 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits. The freshman lefty struck out five and walked four as he fell to 2-7 on the year.
The Falcons scored the first run of the game on a two-out bases loaded walk by Benjamin in the first inning. The freshman southpaw got out of the early jam as he struck out the very next batter, leaving three Air Force runners aboard.
Air Force tacked on another run in the top of the fourth with a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Blair Roberts, which gave his team a 2-0 lead.
With a runner on third and two outs in the top of the sixth, Benjamin's day would come to a close as reliever Drew Morovick took over for his freshman counterpart. After just one pitch, the right-hander got out of the inning on a ground ball to short.
The Jayhawks looked to have tallied their first run of the game in the bottom half of the sixth on a single up the middle by DeLeon, but the third base umpire ruled that Kuntz missed third base as he headed home. The Jayhawk shortstop was called out and Kansas was quickly out of the inning, leaving two aboard.
Kansas left nine men on base in the game against Bertelson, who improved to 1-8 on the year. It marked the Air Force lefty's third complete game of the season and first shutout. He became the second pitcher to throw a complete game shutout at the Jayhawks this season, joining Oklahoma's Jordan John.
Earlier in the day, Missouri State improved to 2-0 at the Jayhawk Classic with an 11-3 victory over Air Force.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back Sunday against the Bears at 1 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.