On a cold opening day in Nashville, Tenn., Kansas dropped the season opener to the Belmont Bruins, 6-0, at E.S. Rose Park.
Ryan Cyr was handed the game ball to start the series and the season, finishing with four innings of work and one strikeout. Cyr pitched into the fifth inning before being relieved by Nathan Barry.
Barry, who faced the bases loaded with the Jayhawks down three runs, opened with a three-pitch strikeout and worked out of the jam to hold Belmont scoreless. The Reno, Nev., native pitched three innings, finishing with four strikeouts before being relieved by Stone Parker.
Down four runs in the top of the eighth, Casey Burnham provided a spark to the Kansas offense, recording a double to left field on a shallow fly ball. Burnham would be stranded after a fly out to right field.
The Jayhawks surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, but put runners on first and second after a walk by Nolan Metcalf and single by James Cosentino in the ninth. A strikeout one batter later ended the game.
Kansas (0-1) will face Belmont (1-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday.