#25 Kansas Begins Tough 10-Game Road Trip at #2 Clemson
March 9, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Matchup: #25 Kansas (14-4) at #2 Clemson (8-2)
Friday, March 10, 3 p.m. (Central)
Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m. (Central)
Sunday, March 12, Noon (Central)
Location: Clemson, S.C.
Stadium: Doug Kingsmore Stadium
Internet: GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: Click here for Clemson radio broadcast
Series: KU leads 1-0
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 333-319-2, 116-91-1 at KU
CU Coach: Jack Leggett (27th season, 13th season at Clemson)
Record: 940-535, 563-245 at CU
Streaks: KU has won eight games in a row
Clemson has won two games in a row
The 25th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Clemson, S.C., to face the 2nd-ranked Clemson Tigers in a three game series beginning Friday, March 10 at 3 p.m. central. KU is riding an eight game winning streak after defeating Baker, 10-1, on Wednesday.
-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. KU is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll (NCBWA) and ESPN/Sports Weekly polls.
-KU is 2-2 this season against top 10 teams and 11-13 against top 10 teams under head coach Ritch Price.
-KU has recorded nine or more hits in its last eight games, all Jayhawk victories.
-Fourteen of the Jayhawks next 15 games will be against ranked foes. Ten of those will be played on the road.
-KU opens its Big 12 schedule next weekend at Baylor.
A Look at Clemson
After opening the season ranked second by Baseball America, the Tigers spent four weeks as the No. 1 team in the country. After dropping a games to James Madison and in-state rival South Carolina, Clemson enters the weekend back at the No. 2 position with a 8-2 record.
The Tigers return two of their three weekend starters off last year’s team that went 43-23. CU’s Saturday starter, Jason Berken, returned this season after missing a year and a half after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Offensively, junior outfielder Tyler Colvin (.353) and sophomore second baseman Taylor Harbin (.474) pace the Tigers.
The Tigers have played all 10 of their games this season in the state of South Carolina — eight in Clemson (7-1), one in Charleston (1-0) and one in Columbia (0-1). In 2005, Clemson was one game away from advancing to the College World Series before dropping the third game of its Super Regional to Baylor.
The first and only time Kansas and Clemson have met on a baseball diamond came during KU’s magical run to the 1993 College World Series. The Jayhawks faced the Tigers in the second game of the Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. Jayhawk junior lefty David Meyer allowed just five hits in nine innings as KU defeated Clemson, 9-1. The victory moved KU within one game of reaching the College World Series.
Tough Road Trip
The Clemson series marks the first three games of a tough 10-game road trip for the Jayhawks. All four teams KU will face during the trip reached the 2005 NCAA Tournament (Clemson, Baylor, Creighton and Nebraska). Baylor and Nebraska reached the College World Series and Clemson lost to Baylor in the Super Regionals.
Not only are the Jayhawks riding a eight-game winning streak, but several KU players are currently on career-high hitting streaks. Sophomore John Allman has a team-best eight game streak while Gus Milner has hit in seven straight ball games, just two shy of his career high. Justin Ellrich (4), Matt Berner (4), Preston Land (2) and Dylan Parzyk (2) are all 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 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.
-Allowed 1 hit or less in all 8 saves.
-Has pitched more than an inning in 4 of his 6 saves.
-Recorded 15 strikeouts in 12 innings during his 8 save opportunities.