#25 KU Hosts Baker in First Mid-Week Tilt

March 7, 2006


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Matchup: Baker (6-14) at Kansas (13-4)
Dates/Times: Wednesday, March 8, 3 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark
Capacity: 2,500
Internet: GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: Baker broadcast on KNBU
Series: KU leads series 51-6
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 332-319-2, 115-91-1 at KU
Baker Coach: Phil Hannon
Streaks: KU has won seven games in a row
Baker has won four of its last five games

Leading Off
The 25th-ranked University of Kansas (13-4) will host Baker University in its first mid-week tilt of the season at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. KU enters the game riding a seven-game winning streak after sweeping Western Illinois in is home opening series last weekend. On Monday, the Jayhawks entered the Baseball America Poll at No. 25.

Quick Hits
-KU earned a No. 25 ranking in this week’s Baseball America poll. It’s the first time KU has appeared in the poll since March of 2003. The Jayhawks are one of five Big 12 schools to be ranked.

-The Jayhawks are receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll (NCBWA).

-Kansas was 10-6 in mid-week games last year.

-After hosting Baker the Jayhawks will hit the road again for 10 straight road games. All 10 games will be against 2005 NCAA Tournament teams (Clemson, Baylor, Creighton and Nebraska).

A Look at Baker
The Wildcats enter Wednesday’s mid-week game winners of four of its last five ball games. Baker — located in nearby Baldwin City, Kan., — is an NAIA school that competes in the Heart of America Athletics Conference (HAAC). Designated hitter Leon Davenport had four hits and four RBI in the Wildcats doubleheader sweep of William Woods University on March 4.

Streaking `Hawks
Not only are the Jayhawks riding a seven-game winning streak, but several KU players are currently on career-high hitting streaks. Sophomore John Allman and Erik Morrison have a team-best seven game streak while Brock Simpson (4), Justin Ellrich (3), Matt Berner (3), Andrew Spitzfaden (2) and Dylan Parzyk are on career-best streaks.

`Hawks on the Airwaves
KU will have 33 games carried on KLWN (1320 AM) this season. Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday will return to the booth to call the action. Every game broadcast by KLWN will also be streamed online at kuathletics.com. Those who subscribe to AT&T Jayhawk All Access will be able to access the broadcast from their computer.

Senior Ritchie Price made his 200th consecutive start a memorable one in the first game of a double header against Western Illinois on Feb. 5. Price – who also recorded his 800th career at-bat during the game – went 4-for-4 in KU’s 11-3 victory. Price has started every game at shortstop for KU since Feb. 8, 2003.

Senior Don Czyz has been untouchable out of the bullpen this season for the Jayhawks. The Overland Park, Kan., native has recorded saves in eight of KU’s first 13 victories. Czyz’s eight saves is tops in the Big 12. Below is a closer look at Czyz’s saves to date.
4Allowed 1 hit or less in all 8 saves.
4Has pitched more than an inning in 4 of his 6 saves.
4Recorded 15 strikeouts in 12 innings during his 8 save opportunities.