This Week In Kansas Athletics

Record Watch
Team Overall Big 12 National Ranking
Baseball 27-28 8-15 --
Men’s Golf -- -- --
Rowing -- -- --
Softball 32-24-1 7-11 --
Track & Field -- -- --

This Week’s Schedule
Monday, May 14
No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, May 15
No Events Scheduled

Wednesday, May 16
No Events Scheduled

Thursday, May 17
Men’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional Rich Harvest Farms GC (Sugar Grove, Ill.), All Day

Friday, May 18
Men’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional Rich Harvest Farms GC (Sugar Grove, Ill.), All Day
Baseball vs. Nebraska, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
Men’s Golf at NCAA Central Regional Rich Harvest Farms GC (Sugar Grove, Ill.), All Day
Baseball vs. Nebraska, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
Baseball vs. Nebraska, 5 p.m.

Weekly Notes
Baseball
The baseball team won five games last week, defeating Missouri State Wednesday and sweeping a four-game series from Chicago State over the weekend. This marked the first time since February that KU won as many as five games in a single week. KU’s bats came through in a big way, averaging more than 10 runs per game. Senior Kyle Murphy led the way, going 9-for-16 with four stolen bases and six runs scored, while sophomore catcher Buck Afenir hit .455 for the week with a pair of home runs and seven RBIs. Kansas will be searching for a berth in the Big 12 Tournament this weekend as it wraps up the regular season with a three-game series against Nebraska. KU is currently in ninth-place in the conference and sits one-half game behind Oklahoma and Baylor for the final spot in the tournament.

Men’s Golf
The men's golf team will be competing in the Central Regional of the NCAA Championship May 17-19 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Jayhawks enter the tournament ranked 20th out of the 27 teams competing in the event. Ten teams and the top two individuals from each region will advance to compete in the championship final. The championship will be conducted May 30-June 2 at the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

Rowing
Kansas concluded its 2007 campaign in Oak Ridge, Tenn. at the South-Central Regionals with several solid performances and a strong finish from the team's Novice Eight boat. Of the 23 team field, Kansas placed 16th with 152 points, three places in front of in-state rival Kansas State and only six points behind Big 12 rival Texas. The Novice Eight boat finished in 8th place, Kansas' highest placement.

Softball
Kansas defeated Iowa State, 2-1 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma ended the Jayhawks’ run for the second straight Big 12 Tournament title with a 5-0 victory in the second round of tournament play. Senior Kassie Humphreys was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament Team as well as being named the team MVP at the team's postseason banquet. Kansas did not receive a bid to NCAA postseason play, but returns six of the team's top seven hitters in 2008.

Track & Field
The track and field teams completed a highly successful weekend at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Friday through Sunday. As a team, the men placed sixth with 73 points while the women recorded their highest Big 12 finish ever, placing fifth with 78 points. The Jayhawks also collected six individual conference winners, the most combined league champions since the inception of the Big 12 Conference.

For the women, Ashley Brown broke a school record en route to winning the 100-meter hurdles, Zlata Tarasova broke her own school record in winning the women's hammer throw and Crystal Manning recorded the longest triple jump in the nation and broke her own school record in winning the triple jump. Ashley Brown also broke the school record in the 400-meter hurdles, placing second in the event, and scored 19.50 points for the team over the course of the weekend.

On the men's side, Egor Agafonov set a new Big 12 meet record and Ed Weir Stadium record in winning the hammer throw for the second-consecutive year. Barrett Saunders captured a tightly contested men's long jump crown, the first Jayhawk to win the league title in the event since 1983, and freshman Jordan Scott became a two-time Big 12 Conference champion in winning the pole vault Big 12 Outdoor Championship. Scott's mark of 18-02.50 tied a Big 12 meet record and represents a "B" Olympic Trials and US Championships qualifying mark.

The KU throwers were especially potent over the weekend, recording two victories, two second-place finishes and one third-place finish to score 47 points over the course of the weekend. Next up for the Jayhawks is the Midwest Regionals in Des Moines, Iowa. Kansas will enter the event with 35 regional qualifying marks. The event will take place May 25-26.


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