This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Baseball 22-26 8-13 --
Men’s Golf 0-0 0-0 --
Rowing 0-0 0-0 --
Softball 32-19-1 7-9 Receiving Votes
Track & Field -- -- --
Tennis 4-17 2-9 --
Women’s Golf 0-0 0-0 --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, April 30
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, May 1
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, May 2
Softball at Wichita State (DH), 5 p.m./7 p.m.

Thursday, May 3
No Events Scheduled

Friday, May 4
Baseball at Kansas State, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, May 5
Track at Nebraska Invitational (Lincoln, Neb.), All Day
Softball at Iowa State, 2:00 p.m.
Baseball vs. Kansas State, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 6
Softball at Iowa State, Noon
Baseball vs. Kansas State, 1 p.m.

Weekly Notes
Baseball
The baseball team earned its first Big 12 series victory of the season with a pair of wins at No. 27 Oklahoma over the weekend. KU lost the first game of the series, but came back and won 6-3 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday to improve to 22-26 overall and 8-13 in conference play. With their two wins, the Jayhawks moved into an eighth-place tie with Baylor as the teams enter the final month of the regular season. The top eight teams in the league qualify for the Big 12 Championships at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City May 23-27. KU will play the University of St. Mary tonight at 6:30 p.m., before a three-game set with Kansas State over the weekend. Friday's game will be in Manhattan, Kan. at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's nationally televised game with be a 3 p.m. start in Lawrence. The final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark. KU currently trails K-State by one-half game in the Big 12 standings

Men’s Golf
The men's golf team finished the Big 12 Championship in 10th place after firing a final-round 304 to finish the event with 917 strokes. The final round of play was highlighted by sophomore Walt Koelbel's career-best round of 69. Koelbel finished the event tied for ninth place with 221 strokes and managed to move up 19 spots on the leaderboard in the final round of play. Koelbel's finish marks his first top-10 finish in his Jayhawk career. Senior Gary Woodland carded a final-round 76 to finish tied for 14th place. The finish marks the second time in Woodland's career that he finished in the top-20 at the Big 12 Championship. Senior Barrett Martens finished the tournament with his second consecutive round of 78 to finish tied for 40th. Junior Joey Mundy finished in 55th place after shooting a final-round score of 81. Senior Tyler Docking carded a final-round 82 to finish in 57th place. The Jayhawks begin preparations for the NCAA Central Regional, which will be held at Rich Harvest Farms GC in Sugar Grove, Ill., May 17-19.

Rowing
Kansas placed second at the 2007 Big 12 Invitational with 46 points, falling by only nine points to Texas who finished with 55 points. Kansas finished in a tie for second place last year with K-State, but were able to defeat the Wildcats by four points. K-State once again tallied 42 points. KU's First Varsity Four victory and a narrow defeat in the First Varsity Eight race headlined a successful day in Kansas City. With the regular season complete, Kansas will head to Oak Ridge, Tenn. for the South-Central Regionals on May 12-13. A top finish at the South-Central Regionals would earn the team a berth in the NCAA Championships two weeks later on May 25-27 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Softball
Third-ranked Oklahoma used 14 hits to defeat Kansas 13-4 in six innings Sunday to split the Big 12 Conference series. The Jayhawks (32-19-1, 7-9 Big 12) took game one from the Sooners, but could not contain the high-powered Oklahoma offense Sunday in front of a near-capacity crowd at Arrocha Ballpark. On Saturday, senior Kassie Humphreys threw a two-hitter in a complete game shutout as the Jayhawks gathered their best win of the season. KU will next be in action at Wichita State on Wednesday, May 2 for an evening double-header starting at 5 p.m.

Swimming & Diving
The swimming and diving team held their postseason awards banquet in the Naismith Room of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics Saturday afternoon. Senior co-captain Lisa Tilson reeled in the Academic Award, awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average. The Newcomer of the Year award went to freshman Ashley Robinson, the only freshman to represent the Jayhawks at the 2007 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Junior Lauren Bonfe won the Karen Dionne Award, presented to the most inspirational member of the team and senior co-captain Jenny Short was presented with the Tammy Thomas MVP Award, named after former Kansas swimming standout, Tammy Thomas. Following the awards, head coach Clark Campbell announced the 2007-08 team captains as soon-to-be senior Lauren Bonfe and junior Danielle Herrmann.

Tennis
The tennis team's season came to an end Thursday with a loss to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Championships in Kansas City. KU opened the match strong by getting wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Jayhawks were only able to get two singles wins, which came from junior Stephanie Smith and sophomore Yuliana Svistun, as Oklahoma moved on with a 4-3 victory. Kansas finished the season with a record of 4-17.

Track & Field
The track and field teams performed well against against top competition at several prestigious meets over the weekend. Junior Egor Agafonov won his fourth-consecutive hammer throw Saturday at the Drake Relays. The junior threw a season-best 228-04 (69.61m), which improved his regional qualifying mark in the event. In the women's hammer, sophomore Zlata Tarasova took third with a 199-09 (60.89m) heave. Also in Des Moines, freshman Jordan Scott, the 2007 Big 12 indoor pole vault champion, tied a season-best effort, clearing 17-00.75 (5.20m). Sophomore Victoria Howard and junior Libby Harmon picked up victories at the UMKC Invitational. Harmon cleared a regionally-qualifying 12-05.50 (3.80m) for the second-straight weekend in the pole vault. Howard swept the women's 100 and 200-meter dash, sprinting in at 12.20 and 24.45 seconds. At the Cardinal Invitational, both senior Melissa O'Rourke and freshman Lauren Bonds earned their first regional marks of the season. O'Rourke placed sixth in the women's 1500m in a time of 4:25.22, while Bonds finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:40.85. Later in the night, juniors Colby Wissel and Patrick McGowan also earned regional qualifying marks in the men's 5000m and 3000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Wissel ran a 14:06.08 to finish eighth while McGowan cruised to a time of 9:06.78, narrowly besting the regional standard of 9:07.00. Kansas will not return to the track until the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, May 11-13, in Lincoln, Neb.

Women’s Golf
The Jayhawks await the NCAA selection committee's announcement of the NCAA Regionals field on April 30. The NCAA Regionals is scheduled for May 10-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Check www.kuathletics.com for further information later today.


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