No. 7 Vanderbilt Downs Kansas, 7-1
Feb. 29, 2008
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt starting pitcher Mike Minor held the Jayhawks to just three hits, while the Commodore offense played small ball against Kansas starting pitcher Nick Czyz to post a 7-1 victory over the Jayhawks in the first game of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The Commodores improve to 4-1 on the year, while KU falls to 2-5.
Minor, a freshman all-american last year, was dominant Friday evening, allowing just three hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-3 lefty walked three and struck out nine to earn his second victory of the season.
Kansas starting pitcher Nick Czyz fell victim to some bad breaks. Czyz allowed two runs in the first inning on a seeing-eye single between first and second base and another run in the fourth inning on a high chopper over the mound.
The junior lefty battled the seventh-ranked team in the country through five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Kansas scored its only run of the game in the top of the seventh, when after a Preston Land double down the right field line, catcher Buck Afenir tripled off the wall in center field.
KU’s only other hit of the game was a single up the middle in the sixth inning by sophomore Robby Price.
The start of the KU-Vanderbilt game was delayed nearly 3 ½ hours due to rain in the Nashville area.
The Jayhawks will look to bounce back tomorrow with a contest against Xavier, who fell to Iowa, 12-9 Friday afternoon. First pitch against the Musketeers is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.