No. 30 KU Defeats Vanderbilt in Extra Innings, 5-2
Feb. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. –
The 30th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (7-4) scored three runs in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Vanderbilt (1-2), 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Public Storage Classic in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Senior Don Czyz (1-0) pitched the final 5 1/3 innings to earn his eighth career victory. Czyz only allowed two hits and struck out three Commodores in helping KU erase a 2-0 deficit.
Junior Kyle Murphy started KU’s rally with a lead off double to in the top of the eighth iinning. After senior Matt Baty walked, senior Ritchie Price executed a sacrifice bunt moving both runners up a base allowing the next batter, senior Jared Schweitzer, to record a RBI sacrifice fly.
The next bater, Senior Gus Milner, was hit by a pitch and Justin Ellrich worked a walk to load the bases. Sophomore Ryne Price also walked with the bases loaded allowing Baty to score and KU to tie the game, 2-2.
Vanderbilt got on the scoreboard first with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. After filling the bases with two outs, KU starter Kodiak Quick looked to get out of the jam with a ground ball to third, however, the ball slipped past KU’s Erik Morrison and into left field allow two Commodores to score.
Czyz replaced Quick and recorded the third out of the inning. Quick finished his outing with four strikeouts, two walks, no earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Schweitzer had three of KU’s nine hits in the game. The Jayhawks out-hit the Commodores, 9-7.
KU will be on the road again next weekend for the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tenn. The Jayhawks will play Belmont on Friday, Lipscomb on Saturday and have a rematch with host Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Game Notes: Redshirt freshman Justin Ellrich made his first career start … Dylan Parzyk started his second consecutive game at catcher for KU … Ritchie Price extended his hitting streak to 10 games … The extra inning game was KU’s first of the season.