It looked like KU would be a surprise Big 12 title contender after taking two of three from LSU in Baton Rouge over Spring Break just before Conference play began. The Jayhawks have now taken two Big 12 road series, over Baylor and Nebraska, and managed a rare split of a 3-game series with Texas A&M when the score was still tied after 11 innings in the Sunday game and began to conflict with KU’s travel plans to return home, not to mention Big 12 rules for travel concerning missed class time. Of the Hawks’ next five league series, three are exclusively at home, while they will split with K-State – one in Lawrence, two in Manhattan. KU is still in the running for an NCAA bid.■ Baseball team powers past Nebraska (kansan.com)
“We needed that series win about as bad as any team in the country needed a win,” coach Ritch Price said.
The weekend didn’t begin as intended for the Jayhawks, as the Cornhuskers lit up junior T.J. Walz on Friday night.
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Except this time he’s not just resting a tired arm – he’s out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, a type of reconstructive elbow surgery, over the weekend.
“Obviously, it’s a devastating loss for our team and one that will not be easy to overcome,” coach Ritch Price said.
With the Jayhawk’s dominant closer shelved, there’s suddenly a large hole to fill at a position that had been a constant.
So, what happened to [Tony] Thompson? “I fouled a ball off of my kneecap, and had a hairline fracture on my knee” Thompson explained.
The injury would cost Thompson the first month of the season. When he was finally able to come back and get back on the field it was on March 23rd. He confessed he was not on top of his game, not that he couldn’t deny it; through April 14th (15 games) he was batting just .231 with only a pair of homeruns . . .
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