The biggest moment in Blankenship’s save appearance came when Missouri’s Aaron Senne, who brought a Big 12-leading .449 average into the game, led off. The count went 3-0 before Blankenship took a pair of strikes. He then went down swinging, capping a hitless evening.■ MU-KU Photo Gallery at KansasCity.com
“We need to do a better job,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said. “We’re struggling between the ears right now.”
■ Bats unable to get going as Kansas drops Missouri 1-0 at Kauffman stadium (KMOV.com)
Despite solid efforts from five different pitchers and solid all-around defense, Missouri only could muster five baserunners over nine innings of scoreless ball against Kansas, losing 1-0 and falling to 19-17 on the season.
Possibly worse were the 10 strikeouts by Missouri's offense, which came on the heels of an eight-strikeout game against Oklahoma State Sunday.
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■ Missouri baseball team loses to rival Kansas (Columbia Missourian)
Had the Missouri baseball team defeated Kansas on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, coach Tim Jamieson said there’s no way his team or its fans would have charged the field in celebration.■ Border war rivals need a victory at Kauffman (KansasCity.com)
“No, because you’re supposed to beat these guys,” Jamieson said. “This isn’t a special win. It’s just another game. We won’t do that unless we win a championship.”
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Nicholas said the rivalry isn’t as intense as basketball or football, but the teams will never be seen eating at a restaurant or going to the movies together.
“We’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Jamieson said. “For us right now, it’s about a shortened focus, one weekend at a time… we have to think about getting to the Big 12 tournament.”
Missouri is one of 14 teams nationally to have played in the previous seven NCAA Tournaments. Kansas got there last year for only the fourth time in school history and wants to make it a habit.
“It’s our goal,” Price said.