KU Baseball Downs Hawaii-Hilo, 9-2
Feb. 3, 2006
HILO, Hawaii – Senior Gus Milner was 4-for-4 with three RBI and scored three runs to help lead the University of Kansas (2-0) to a 9-2 victory over Hawaii-Hilo (0-2) Thursday night in Hilo, Hawaii.
Junior Sean Land scattered four hits in five innings to earn the victory for the Jayhawks. Land struck out three batters, walked one and allowed one run.
Kansas broke the game open with four runs on five straight hits in the third inning. Matt Baty recorded a one out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ritchie Price lined a double down the left field line to score Baty.
Jared Schweitzer followed with a single through the left side sending Price to third. Milner and John Allman then recorded back-to-back RBI singles. Milner scored KU’s fourth run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Kansas added two runs in the fifth inning. Allman and Ryne Price recorded consecutive sacrifice flies scoring Schweitzer and Milner who reached on a walk and single, respectively.
KU added three runs in the ninth inning behind three straight two-out doubles from Schweitzer, Milner and Kyle Murphy.
The Vulcans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After Michael Higga reached first base on a bunt single, Mark Veneri doubled down the right field line driving Higga home.
Junior Brendan McNamara freshman Ryan Anthony, junior Ryotaro Hayakawa and senior Don Czyz combined to pitch the final four innings for the Jayhawks.
Kansas and Hawaii-Hilo will play the third game of its five-game series Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. central time.
Game Notes: The win was KU’s eighth straight over Hawaii-Hilo dating back to the 2004 season. … Ritchie Price’s third inning RBI double was the 100th RBI of his career … Freshman Preston Land made his first career start … Gus Milner’s four hits tied a career high … Jared Schweitzer’s three runs tied a career high … Junior pitcher Brendan McNamara struck out the first batter he faced in a Jayhawk uniform … Freshman Ryan Anthony saw his first action for KU.