KU Baseball At Missouri State Wednesday

Release No. 32 • Monday, March 26, 2007

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Baseball 15-14 2-4 --
Men’s Basketball 33-5 14-2 2nd/2nd
Men’s Golf 0-0 0-0 --
Rowing 0-0 0-0 --
Softball 23-9-1 2-0 --
Track & Field -- -- --
Tennis 4-9 2-2 --
Women’s Golf 0-0 0-0 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, March 26
Men’s Golf at Stevinson Ranch Intercollegiate (Stevinson, Calif.), TBA

Tuesday, March 27
Baseball at Missouri State, 7 p.m.
Men’s Golf at Stevinson Ranch Intercollegiate (Stevinson, Calif.), TBA

Wednesday, March 28
Softball at Missouri State (DH), 3 p.m./5 p.m.

Thursday, March 29
No Events Scheduled

Friday, March 30
Baseball at Missouri, 6 p.m.
Tennis at Baylor, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 31
Baseball at Missouri, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Baylor, 2 p.m.
Rowing vs. Tulsa/Drake, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 1
Tennis at Texas Tech, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. Baylor, Noon
Baseball at Missouri, 1 p.m.

Weekly Notes
The team travels to Missouri State Tuesday and Missouri over the weekend for a three-game series. The Jayhawks are coming off a series with No. 14 Oklahoma State in which the Cowboys took two of three at Hoglund Ballpark. KU won Saturday’s game, 6-3, on a strong pitching performance by junior Zach Ashwood. Ashwood allowed just one earned run over six innings for the victory. Junior John Allman, the team’s leading hitter, drove in three of KU’s six runs and collected two hits. Sophomore Andy Marks struck out 10 Cowboys in seven innings on Sunday in a losing effort. KU’s Border Showdown games this weekend will be the first meetings between the schools since the Jayhawks defeated the Tigers 4-3 at the Big 12 Championship last season.

Men’s Basketball
Kansas fell to UCLA, 68-55, Saturday night in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Sophomore Brandon Rush led KU with 18 points and five rebounds in the defeat. Junior Russell Robinson had 11 points, three steals and three assists while sophomore Julian Wright finished with eight points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Freshman Darrell Arthur and junior Darnell Jackson provided a spark off the bench for Kansas. Arthur added four points, four boards and two blocks and Jackson had eight points, four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Mario Chalmers registered a game-high seven assists and six steals in the defeat. The Jayhawks finished the season with a 33-5 record.

The team rumbled its way into the Elite Eight by defeating Southern Illinois, 61-58, in the Sweet 16. With under a minute to play, Rush banked home a leaner in the lane to lengthen KU's lead to the final score. On the night, Rush was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and finished with 12 points. He also added five rebounds and five assists in the contest. Arthur, Chalmers and Robinson each scored nine points in the victory. Jackson came off the bench to add eight points and five rebounds, including several crucial boards late in the game. The Kansas defense really clamped down late in the game, as Wright and Jackson made steals on back-to-back SIU possessions. For the game, the Jayhawks limited the Salukis to just 36 percent shooting (21-of-57) and registered nine steals.

Men’s Golf
The men's golf team looks to continue their excellent history at the CU-Stevinson Ranch Invitational March 26-27 in Turlock, Calif. The Jayhawks have won the team title in the event in seven of the last nine years. Check www.kuathletics.com at the completion of each day for results.

The rowing team opened its 2007 spring season with several impressive performances Saturday morning at Burcham Park. The team squared off against a pair of Texas schools, Big 12 rival Texas and SMU, in the six-race regatta. Despite windy conditions, the team's first varsity eight boat finished in a time of 7:34.5, 10 seconds behind the Longhorns’ winning performance. The Jayhawks host Drake and Tulsa this weekend at Burcham Park. The regatta is set to launch Saturday at 2 p.m.

Kansas softball opened Big 12 play last weekend with a series sweep of Oklahoma State in Stillwater to improve its record to 23-9-1 overall and 2-0 in league action. The Jayhawks have won six of their last seven games, all on the road, and 10 of their last 11 contests. Sophomore Val George (7-2) has pitched KU to victory in her last seven starts and senior Kassie Humphreys (12-3) leads the Big 12 with four saves and has 129 strikeouts on the season. Sophomore shortstop Stevie Crisosto boasts an 11-game hitting streak and is leading the KU offense with a .356 batting average. The Jayhawks close a 10-game road swing Wednesday with a doubleheader at Missouri State before hosting No. 12/17 Baylor at Arrocha Ballpark this weekend.

KU tennis travels to Texas this weekend for a pair of Big 12 Conference matchups. On Friday, the Jayhawks are set to face Baylor at 6 p.m., then will compete with the Raiders of Texas Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m. before heading back to Lawrence.

Track & Field
The track and field teams saw a school record fall and earned several NCAA regional marks at the outdoor season-opening Tulsa Duels Saturday. Junior Ashley Brown set a new Kansas record in the women's 100-meter hurdles and junior Hugh Murphy made an impressive KU debut in the javelin, recording the fifth-longest throw in KU history. Brown set a new Kansas record and won the women's 100-meter hurdles in 13.31 seconds, an NCAA regional mark. She also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 59.03 seconds, also a regional mark. Senior Janiece Gatson finished right on her heels, placing third in the 400-meter hurdles. Murphy finished second in the javelin with a throw of 215-10 feet (65.80m), which represents a regional qualifying mark. A pair of senior captains swept the discus events for the Jayhawks. Cody Roberts won the men's discus with a throw of 181-01 feet (55.19m), well ahead of the regional qualifying standard of 51.70 meters. Abby Emsick captured the women's event with a throw of 168-02 feet (51.25m), also well ahead of the regional qualifying standard of 47.30 meters. Sophomore Stephanie Horton registered a NCAA regional qualifying mark in the shot put, winning the event with a put of 50-05.50 feet (15.38m).

Women’s Golf
KU and Missouri finished in a fourth-place tie with a final score of 874 at the MountainView Collegiate hosted by the University of Colorado. Freshman Emily Powers shot a final round of 69, while senior Amanda Costner carded a 70. The Jayhawks will next be in action April 8-9 at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla.

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