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Kansas clobbers Cougs 15-4

By Jonathan Boldt

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 10:38 p.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU took to the diamond Thursday night at Larry H. Miller field in game two of a four game set with the Kansas Jayhawks looking to even up their record and reach .500 on the season. The Cougars snapped a five game slide Wednesday on the back of a Desmond Poulson complete game shutout, but Thursday was a different story.

The Jayhawks' bats came to life with 17 hits and the Cougars contributed six errors enroute to a 15-4 drubbing. After being retired in order for the first seven innings the day before, Kansas jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the second inning and extended the damage to 11-1 after four.

Adam Miller (1-5) picked up the loss, only lasting 1.2 innings. Miller accounted for nine earned runs, walking five and giving up six hits. Chunner Nyberg pitched seven strong innings in relief, giving the Cougars a chance to chip away at the lead. Following the second inning, Nyberg only gave up one earned run until the ninth, giving up four more.

Drew Dennis made his first appearance of the season after having his gallbladder removed and threw three straight strikes to record the final out in the game.

The Cougars have picked up wins against No. 2 LSU and No. 21 UC Irvine on the season and are looking to put together a consistent effort in coach Mike Littlewood's first season at the helm.

Game three is slated for 3 p.m. MDT at Miller Field on Friday and the Cougars will look to take the 2-1 advantage in the series against a team BYU last played in 1994.

Jonathan Boldt is a sports writing intern for the Deseret News covering the Utah Valley. He can be reached at jonboldt@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @jboldt24 - www.boldted.com

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