Freshman starter Wes Benjamin through the first complete game shutout in Kansas Jayhawks history in three years, as the Kansas Jayhawks avenged a shutout by having a bigger shutout and defeating their rivals, the Kansas State Wildcats, 6-0.
Benjamin allowed just six hits and a walk while striking out eight batters, and he outpitched Wildcats starter Joe Flattery (5-4).
Ross Kivet and Jared King had two hits each for Kansas State, and both teams left five runners on in this game. King hit his 13th double of the year and paced the K-State offensive attack from the No. 3 hole. Kivet stole his 23rd base of the year in a game that saw speed from both sides.
For the Jayhawks, outfielders Tucker Tharp and Dakota Smith had two hits each, with Smith scoring twice and Tharp driving in two runs. Jake Marasco hit a double and stole a base in his 1-1 game that saw him score as well.
The Kansas Jayhawks had a solid offensive performance and backed up a masterful pitching performance from freshman Wes Benjamin, who won just his third game of the season, such is the story of KU’s best pitchers this year. Benjamin threw 71 strikes of his 115 pitches, which means that 61.7% of his pitches were strikes.