Mercy Me: KU dominates in 1st ever game in Taiwan

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CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan (WIBW) -- What jet lag? Despite a 13-hour time difference, the only reason the Jayhawks team may be tired would be from rounding the base paths so many times.

KU's first ever game in Taiwan ended in the bottom half of the 6th inning when Skyler Messenger doubled home two runs against Hong Kong to run the lead to 16-1, invoking the 15-run mercy rule.

And, you know how many hits you need to score 16 runs? Apparently just five. You read that right. You can count the number of hits Kansas batters got on one hand.

Of course, part of the reason probably was the inability of Hong Kong pitchers to find the strike zone - tallying 18 walks. That's more walks than they made outs (17).

Former Seaman High School star Ryan Zeferjahn, on the other hand, had a much better day. He started the game for Kansas and needed only 35 pitches to retire all nine batters he faced over the course of three perfect innings. In fact, Jayhawk pitchers didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning.

After the game, KU head coach Rich Price told KUAthletics.com he was "pleased" with Zeferjahn's effort, especially after such a long flight to the southeast Asia island nation.

"We were concerned about having some jetlag and being tired," Price told them. "Obviously it starts with starting pitching, and Zeferjahn was as good as he has been."

According to KUAthletics, Price is undefeated in international play. As an assistant with the USA Collegiate National team in 2008, they went 24-0 on their way to the World University Baseball Championship.

The Jayhawks are off now until Sunday, July 8, when they take on Japan at midnight CDT.