September 27, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Baseballs on the filed before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Baseball: Season Preview


Tomorrow afternoon, the Kansas Jayhawks men’s baseball team kicks off their 2013 campaign with a game vs Nevada in a four-game series to be played in Mesa, Arizona.

Last season, the Jayhawks advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 conference tournament before bowing out with a loss. The team finished with a 24-34 record overall, and seventh in the conference. This season, Kansas was picked to finish eighth preseason by the conference coaches. There is reason for optimism with a team that returns 21 letter-winners, including seven position starters and nine pitchers.

The top guy at bat is Jordan Dreiling, who returns with a .301 batting average. The senior third baseman also posted five doubles and three triples, plus a .453 on-base percentage. Connor McKay also returns. The outfielder tied for the team lead with five home runs to go along with 43 RBI’s.

On the mound, Frank Duncan leads a strong cast. Duncan finished last season with a 6-8 record, including an 3.23 ERA. He finished with 2nd-team Big 12 conference honors. Tanner Poppe returns to the rotation after serving as the team’s closer last season. The 6-5 senior pitcher had a 3.86 ERA in 2011 as a starter.

Tomorrows opponent Nevada, finished with a  32-25 record overall last season, finishing in a tie for first place in the WAC. Brooks Klein led the team with 43 RBI’s and eight home-runs.

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