Kansas Jayhawks baseball

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Kansas Jayhawks
Founded: 1880
Kansas Jayhawks athletic logo

University University of Kansas
Conference Big 12
Location Lawrence, KS
Head Coach Ritch Price (12th year)
Home Stadium Hoglund Ballpark
(Capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Jayhawks
Colors

Blue and Crimson

            
College World Series Appearances
1993
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1993, 1994, 2006, 2009, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
Big 12: 2006
Conference Champions
Big Eight: 1922, 1923, 1949

The Kansas Jayhawks baseball team represents the University of Kansas and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I.

History[edit]

Baseball has been played at the University of Kansas since 1880 and for a total of 118 seasons. The Jayhawks had a 1621-1550-16 all-time record entering the 2009 season.

In 1993, Kansas had arguably its best season to date. That year the Jayhawks went to the 1993 College World Series in Omaha, NE. This was their first, and so far, only CWS appearance. The Jayhawks were led by All-Americans Jeff Berblinger, Jeff Neimeier and Jimmy Walker into the Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. After losing their first game to Fresno State, 7-4, the Jayhawks rebounded against host Tennessee for a 3-2 win. Jayhawk Freshman Jamie Splittorff, son of former Kansas City Royal Paul Splittorff, got the win for KU going 813 innings. KU then trounced Rutgers, 8-2, and Clemson, 9-1, to set up the all important re-match with Fresno State. Jayhawk coach Dave Bingham turned to Walker, who had been a reliever all season for KU, to start the Regional Final. Walker didn't disappoint as he pitched a complete game and the Jayhawks won in 10 innings, with some late game magic. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth with one out, Berblinger tripled. One out later, Berblinger scored on Josh Igou's infield hit to force extra innings. In the tenth, Brent Wilhelm scored on Darryl Monroe's hot shot to short stop. Once in Omaha the joy was short lived, as the Jayhawks lost to Texas A&M, and then Long Beach State for an early exit.

The Jayhawks returned to the Regionals in 1994, earning a bid to the Atlantic II Regional in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Jayhawks would once again find themselves in a regional in the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament after winning the 2006 Big 12 Baseball Tournament. That year KU traveled to Corvallis, Oregon for the Corvallis Regional. KU went 1-2 and did not advance.

The Jayhawks made the 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament as a 3 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional and went 2-2. They went 1-1 against 2-seed Coastal Carolina, defeated 4-seed Dartmouth, and were finally knocked out by 1-seed and regional winner North Carolina in the last game of the regional.

In 2014, the Jayhawks made their 5th NCAA tournament appearance, but were eliminated after finished 1-2 in the Louisville Regional.

First team All-Americans[edit]

  • 1954 - John Trombold, OF (ABCA)
  • 1980 - Matt Gundelfinger, DH (ABCA)
  • 1993 - Jeff Berblinger, 2B (NCBWA)
  • 1996 - Josh Kliner, 2B (ABCA, Baseball America)
  • 2006 - Don Czyz, P (NCBWA)

MLB players[edit]

Current[edit]

[1]

Former[edit]

Player Years Teams Awards
Bob Allison 1958-70 Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins 1959 AL Rookie of the Year, 3-time All-Star
Ferrell Anderson 1946,1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals  
Jeff Berblinger 1997 St. Louis Cardinals  
Herb Bradley 1927–1929 Boston Red Sox  
Clay Christiansen 1984 New York Yankees  
Chuck Dobson 1966-71, 73-75 Kansas City / Oakland A's, California Angels  
Bob Edmondson 1906,08 Washington Senators  
Dale Gear 1896-97, 1901 Cleveland Spiders, Washington Senators  
Harry Huston 1906 Philadelphia Phillies  
Phillip (Skip) James 1977-78 San Francisco Giants  
Steve Jeltz 1983-90 Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals  
Larry Miller 1964-66 Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets  
John Nelson 2006 St. Louis Cardinals  
Ray Pierce 1924-26 Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies  
Steve Renko 1969-83 Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox,

Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Kansas City Royals

Curt Schmidt 1995 Montreal Expos  
Roger Slagle 1979 New York Yankees  
Scott Taylor 1995 Texas Rangers  
Les Walrond 2003, 2006, 2008 Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies  

See also[edit]

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