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Phillies rally to beat Royals PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Greg Holland had plenty of juice on pitches that just missed the strike zone. The one he got over the plate cost him the game. Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a three-run double with two outs in the ninth off closer Holland to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night in front of the smallest crowd in Philadelphia in four years. The Phillies had just two hits and trailed 3-1 to start the inning. Hol-

land (0-1) walked Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Michael Young to load the bases. He then struck out Domonic Brown swinging and fanned John Mayberry Jr. looking. But Frandsen ripped a first-pitch fastball to right-center to knock in all three runners. Young slid in safely well ahead of the throw and the dugout emptied as players mobbed Frandsen. “You can’t walk the bases loaded,” Holland said. “At some point, you’ve got to command the strike zone better.”

Holland was pumping fastballs up to 97 mph. His last pitch was on the outside corner, but Frandsen was prepared and took it the opposite way. “He started Brown and Mayberry with fastballs away,” Frandsen said. “You feel you’re only going to get one pitch to hit, if that, and you hope to hit it.” Royals manager Ned Yost didn’t consider taking his closer out. “He had his best stuff of the year,” Yost said. Royals starter Luis Mendoza threw six stel-

lar innings, and the Royals’ bullpen went into the ninth with seven hitless innings in the series. Antonio Bastardo (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win. John Lannan was sharp in his Phillies debut. He allowed three runs and five hits, striking out five in seven innings. Mendoza allowed one run and two hits, striking out seven. “I’ve been working on my breaking pitches,” Mendoza said. “That’s how I got strikeouts tonight.”

J-W Staff Reports Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo

KANSAS FIRST BASEMAN KA’IANA ELDREDGE GETS DOWN AND TURF-Y to make a play on a grounder in the Jayhawks’ 14-3 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark. the weekend pitching rotation altogether. “He’s been the No. 1 guy on our staff the last two years. When he’s good, he’s really good,” Price said. “Obviously, if he was pitching better, we’d have a pretty good team — if we could get him to pitch at the level he’s capable of pitching.” The Jayhawks’ only offense came too late. With KU trailing 7-0 in the seventh, outfielder Tucker Tharp broke an 0-for-16 slump with a three-run triple that

banged off the center-field wall more than 400 feet away. KU mustered just seven hits, with only two in the first six innings. Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ 14 runs and 18 hits were the most allowed by KU this season. The Jayhawks’ three errors also tied a season high. “We broke down in every phase of the game today and absolutely got boat-raced,” Price said. “Clearly, that’s our worst performance of the year.” Mark Robinette picked

up the win for OSU (22-7, 4-3 Big 12), allowing three runs in 62⁄3 innings with just one walk and four strikeouts. After splitting the first two games of the series, KU (17-12, 4-4) will send sophomore Wes Benjamin to the mound in today’s 1 p.m. finale. “Quite honestly, I expect us to win (today),” Price said. Oklahoma State 120 103 043 — 14 18 0 Kansas 000 000 300 — 3 7 3 W — Mark Robinette, 2-0. L — Frank Duncan, 2-4. 2B — Saulyer Saxon, OSU; Zach Fish, OSU. 3B — Tucker Tharp, KU. HR — Robbie Rea, OSU. KU highlights — Tucker Tharp 1-for-3, 3 RBIs; Michael Suiter 2-for-4; Jordan Dreiling 1-for-3, R; Ka’iana Eldredge 1-for-3, R.

KU track cleans up in Mesa J-W Staff Reports

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LAWRENCE HIGH GOALIE ALEX EWY, LEFT, MAKES A SAVE as teammate Whitney Simons (9) and Blue Valley West’s Izzy Kurzban converge on the goal on Saturday at LHS. The Lions fell, 7-0.

LHS soccer blanked, 7-0

Lawrence High’s girls soccer players knew Saturday afternoon they couldn’t afford to let Blue Valley West build momentum by rattling off goals in bunches. Though the Lions’ defense held strong when the Jaguars struck first, the almost-constant shots the visitors put on the LHS goal led to a 7-0 Blue Valley West victory. The Jaguars (2-1) controlled possession the vast majority of the game and came out with an assertive approach on offense, putting eight shots on goal in the first 10 minutes alone. Reece Christopherson put BVW up for good in the third minute with the first of her team’s six first-half goals. The Lions (0-4) and goalkeeper Alex Ewy (18 saves) kept the deficit at one for more than 15 minutes, but after Rachel Catrell scored to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute, the margin quickly became 3-0 in the 21st minute on the Jaguars’ next shot on goal, a Kelcy Fiser score. LHS captain Ella Magerl said Blue Valley West be-

The Phillies are 2-3 and were looking more like the team that went 81-81 last year after winning five straight NL East titles from 2007-11. Then came the ninth-inning rally. There weren’t many fans left to witness it. A crowd of 39,475 at Citizens Bank Park was the first under 40,000 since April 29, 2009, when 36,351 came out for a game against Washington. The Phillies led the major leagues in attendance each of the last two seasons.

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Kessler, KU shut out Tech


By Benton Smith

BOX SCORE Kansas City


Baseball Through three starts, his ERA is 10.40, and opponents are hitting .420 off him. To compare, his Big 12 ERA was 2.88 a year ago with a .213 batting average against. Duncan admits he’s still trying to regain his previous form after not throwing as much in the offseason because of a shoulder injury, and his ineffectiveness has Price considering his options. Last week, the coach made two changes — moving Duncan from Friday to Saturday in the rotation and having him come in relief during a mid-week game — to try to get his pitcher’s rhythm and confidence back. Now, Price said he and pitching coach Ryan Graves will meet this week to determine whether Duncan, whose 3.23 ERA last season was the best by a Jayhawk since 2001, needs to come out of

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gan capitalizing on its momentum midway through the first half. “After the first goal, we kind of kept our heads up and thought, ‘We’re gonna keep getting at this.’ But then on the others, we kind of let it get to us a little bit,” Magerl said. “That gave them opportunities when we were caught off guard.” While Lawrence couldn’t even get a shot off in the first 40 minutes, the Jaguars took 21. Playing into the wind in the first half, captain Mallory Thompson said the Lions failed to make anything happen when they did take control of the ball. “Whenever we got offensive opportunities, we would get really flustered and panicky,” Thompson said, “just because we hadn’t been over on the offensive half (of the field) very often.” Though Lawrence defenders such as Kayla Duncan, Whitney Simons, Tessa Lieber and Danielle Campbell disrupted BVW passing lanes and took away shooting angles when they could, the Jaguars closed the half with another flurry. They scored on three con-

secutive shots by Jamie Yearout, Christopherson and Caroline Kennedy in the 36th, 38th and 40th minute to put Lawrence in a 6-0 halftime hole. As the lead increased, first-year Lions coach Justin Young could tell his players’ frustration mounted, too. “We still have the mentality of past years,” Young said. Still, the coach liked what he saw in the second half. Magerl finally gave the Lions a shot on goal in the 41st minute (they finished with three shot attempts). The LHS defense only allowed 13 more BVW shots and one more score, a perfect strike from Fiser in the 60th minute. “Everybody just got fed up with the score and letting them walk all over us,” Thompson said of halftime discussions. “We decided as a team to come together.” Young, too, said the biggest positive he took away was the way LHS battled Class 6A’s 2012 state runnerup in the final 40 minutes. “As we go forward,” he said, “we’ve just proven that we can play with a really good team.” LHS will host Baldwin at 6 p.m. Monday.

MESA, ARIZ. — Kansas University’s Jessica Maroszek, Alena Krechyk and Paris Daniels turned in NCAA top-five performances, and Jayhawks claimed victories in four other events Friday at the Mesa Track and Field Classic. In the discus, Maroszek hit a distance of 55.60 meters (182 feet, 5 inches) on her third throw of the day to post her best mark ever in NCAA competition. The throw is the thirdlongest in the NCAA this season and earned Maroszek a fourth-place finish. In the hammer, Krechyk turned in a season-best toss of 66.86 meters (219-4) to win the event for the second consecutive week. Her throw is the second-farthest in the nation this year. The Jayhawk women won three of the five track events in which they were entered. In the 200, KU swept the top five places. Daniels set the meet record with a time of 23.25, outpacing runnerup Diamond Dixon, who clocked in at 23.57. Both times were good enough to break the meet record and move the KU duo into the top-15 of this season’s NCAA rankings. Kansas’ 4x100-meter team of Andrea Geubelle, Sydney Conley, Denesha Morris and Dixon won in 45.09 to set the meet record. Junior Josh Munsch ran away from the field in the 800 meters in 1:51.92. The KU men also dominated the 200 meters. Five Jayhawks finished in the top eight, with Kyle Clemons winning in 21.51, his fastest time in nearly two seasons. And Nick Maestretti tied for first in the pole vault at 4.88 meters (16 feet).

LUBBOCK, TEXAS — Kelsey Kessler threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout, and Chanin Naudin and Chaley Brickey homered to lift Kansas University to a 3-0 Big 12 softball victory over Texas Tech on Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field. Kansas (23-10, 2-3) recorded its 11th shutout of the year. Texas Tech fell to 27-16, 1-4. “That’s tough to do, and that’s a great offensive team over there,” KU coach Megan Smith said of the shutout. “I thought they started to gain some momentum last night offensively, but Kelsey Kessler came out today and shut them out. She had a great performance today.” After recording the first save of her career, Kessler (6-3) shook off a basesloaded threat in the bottom of the first. The Blue Springs, Mo., native struck out four and stranded eight Red Raiders runners. “I think she was in control of their hitters, and if

there was ever a doubt, she would bear down and go at them,” Smith said. “Her demeanor in the circle was great today. She was confident, and we were confident in her. We were really happy to see that.” Naudin kicked off the scoring with a solo shot in the top of the second. Brickey came up right behind her and did the same for the first home run of her career, and drew walks in her next two atbats. Naudin added the final RBI of the game with a groundout in the sixth. Senior left fielder Maggie Hull extended her hit streak to 19 games, the longest by any Big 12 hitter this season, and joined freshman catcher Alex Hugo as the only players with multi-hit games on Saturday. Today, KU will try for its first conference road sweep since its 2007 series with Texas Tech in Lubbock. Kansas 020 001 0 — 3 7 2 Texas Tech 000 000 0 — 0 4 1 W —Kelsey Kessler, 6-3. L — Gretchen Aucoin, 5-2. HR — Chanin Naudin, Chaley Brickey, KU. KU highlights — Kessler CG, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 R; Maggie Hull 2-for-3, 19-game hitting streak; Alex Hugo 2-for-4, R; Naudin 1-for-3, R, 2 RBIs.

BRIEFLY points, and Free State was second with 206. Lawrence High was eighth with 75. GODDARD — Richard Lu The Lions’ top individual went 4-1 and placed second finisher was Gretchen in singles to pace Free State Frick, who placed fourth in High’s tennis team to a the 500 free in 5:23.01. fifth-place finish at the John Markham Spring Classic on O Results on page 11B Saturday. Lu’s only loss was an 8-1 setback to Wichita Indepen- Gilbert, Gutesha dent’s Jake Norman in the top KU men’s golf championship match. KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Free State’s Josh SaaKansas University’s Chis thoff went 3-2 and placed Gilbert and Alex Gutesha 13th. shot 1-over-par 143s over In doubles, Brandon Jutwo rounds to tie for 13th racek and Jonathan Miles Stevens went 3-2 and placed after the first day of the 10th, and Braden Clements Irish Creek Collegiate golf invitational on Saturday. and Antonio Schoneich KU was in eighth place went 3-2 and placed 21st. overall. Blue Valley West won Other KU scores: Stan the team title with 110 and was followed by McPherson Gautier (78-71) and Ryley (109), Wichita Independent Haas (73-76), tied for 47th, 149; and Bryce Brown, tied (108), Salina Central (108) for 88th, 85-76-161. and Free State (101). The tournament conO Results on page 11B cludes today.

Free State’s Lu tennis runner-up

Firebirds second at Olathe swims

Kansas rowing wins 4 races

OLATHE — Sydney Sirimongkhon-Dyck won the 50-yard freestyle, Courtney Caldwell won the 100 back, and Free State High won the 400 free relay as the Firebirds placed second in a loaded 15-team field at the Olathe Swimming and Diving Invitational on Friday at California Trail Middle School. Sirimongkhon-Dyck won the 50 free in 24.98 seconds. Caldwell won the 100 back in 58.47. And the Free State 400 free relay team of Cierra Campbell, Eliza Anderson, Lucy SirimongkhonDyck and Caldwell won in 3:40.4. Shawnee Mission East won the team title with 270

BLOOMINGTON, IND. — Kansas University won four of six races against Indiana and Georgetown in a rowing regatta on Saturday. KU won the second and third varsity four races, the first varsity four and the second varsity eight. KU will travel to Camden, N.J., for the Knecht Cup on Saturday and Sunday.

Clarification Lucas Warner’s name was missing from a list of individual Free State High winners at a track-and-field dual Friday at Blue Valley North in Saturday’s JournalWorld. Warner won the javelin with a throw of 163 feet, 2 inches.

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