College Baseball: Kansas (18-12) hosts #12 Wichita State (20-3)

As both schools fall in the heart of Royals Nation, and since the big leaguers have the day off, why not come out and watch the heated contest at Hoglund Park tonight.  Heated only in the metaphorical sense.  It will be cold so if you do come dress like you did "back in the day" - as you did when you were setting off for a full day of sledding and snow fort battles.

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Kansas Jayhawks (18-12) vs. #12 Wichita State (20-3)

Wichita State's visit to Lawrence is always one of the big days of each KU season.  Ever since the 1980's Wichita State has been a baseball powerhouse and 2008 is no different.  The Shockers enter tonight's game ranked #12 in the latest Baseball America poll and on a 17 game winning streak.  If the Jayhawks are going to derail them tonight it will be no easy task.

First Pitch will be at 7PM.  The probable starters are Tim Kelley for the Shockers (2-1, 5.29 ERA) vs. Shaeffer Hall (2-1, 4.11 ERA).

Media:Tonight's game will be broadcast by KLWN (1320-AM) and will also be carried live on for those outside the Lawrence area.

Numbers: Complete Wichita State stats are located here.  Jayhawk stats here.

Jayhawk Story Line: Obviously this is a rivalry game.  And whenever these teams meet some amount of time is spent discussing this as a battle over Midwest recruiting.  But today I hope the Jayhawks are single mindedly focused on a smaller goal.  The Hawks just need to win games right now.  This is a big game, a nice RPI contest, and it is here in Lawrence.  The pitching matchup seems to favor the Jayhawks.  Let's nail this one down and build up a little steam for the trip down to Waco this weekend.

KU has added a game vs. St. Mary's (NAIA) on Wednesday at 6PM to make up for an earlier game which was canceled.  I believe addmission to this game will be free. 

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