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Mid-week review: Kansas vs. Wichita State

KU's Jimmy Waters homered in the eighth inning.Scores: Kansas 7, Wichita State 4 – KU 11, WSU 2

Records: WSU 28-21, KU 22-24

Bottom line: Ugly. Tuesday’s loss was probably more competitive than the score indicates, which is thin praise for a game in which the Shockers fell behind 6-0. WSU never had a chance on Wednesday, collapsing in embarrassing fashion in the early innings. The Jayhawks looked like a better team in every aspect. The two games represent a disappointing fall for the Shockers, who had won seven of 10 games.

Mid-week marvels: WSU reliever T.J  McGreevy gave his team a chance on Tuesday, holding KU to one run over the final three innings. LF Micah Green went 3 for 7. C Chris O’Brien extended his hitting streak to 14 games. 3B Tyler Coughenour earned a move up to second in the batting order after going to 2 for 3 on Tuesday. He went 1 for 4 on Wednesday and has hit in six straight games.

Mid-week woes: WSU gave up 28 hits and 18 runs to the Big 12′s worst offensive team. Six runs in two mid-week games isn’t nearly good enough. The defense, after an errorless game Tuesday, contributed heavily to the mess with four errors on Wednesday. SS Tyler Grimes committed two errors, one on a throw and one trying to make a bare-handed play, in the first inning to help KU go up 2-0. Albert Minnis, Wednesday’s starter, gave up five hits and a walk and didn’t get out of the second inning. WSU’s hitters didn’t do anything to help on Wednesday. Their lack of production sent many fans home after the fifth inning. They received a sarcastic cheer after breaking up the shutout in the seventh.

What’s next: First-place Creighton (31-10, 9-3) comes to Eck Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday. The Bluejays, up by two games, are the anti-Shockers. They lead the MVC in fielding percentage. They execute, and they’ve got some pop. A sweep makes the MVC race interesting. The Shockers haven’t swept a weekend series since February.

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