KU Baseball Completes Road Stretch at #2 Nebraska
March 22, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Matchup: Kansas (16-8, 1-2 Big 12) at #2 Nebraska (15-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Saturday, March 25, 12:05 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, March 25, TBA (DH)
Sunday, March 26, 1:05 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Stadium: Hawks Field at Haymarket Park
Internet: GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: First game of Saturday’s doubleheader on KLWN
Series: Nebraska leads 133-89-1
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 335-323-2, 118-95-1 at KU
NU Coach: Mike Anderson (4th season overall and at Nebraska)
Record: 155-58 overall and at NU
Streaks: KU lost its last game
NU has won 11 games in a row
Sean Land, LHP, Jr.
Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Jr.
Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr.
Tony Watson, LHP, So.
Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr.
Johnny Dorn, RHP, So.
The University of Kansas (16-8) will continue its Big 12 schedule with a three-game series against No. 2 Nebraska (15-2) in Lincoln, Neb. KU and NU will play a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. The series finale will be played on Sunday, March 26, at 1:05 p.m.
-KU is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and ESPN/Sports Weekly polls.
-KU went 1-2 against Nebraska last season in Lawrence, Kan.
-Inclement weather in the last four regular season series between NU and KU has resulted in the teams playing a doubleheader one day.
-Sunday’s starting pitcher Kodiak Quick has yet to give up an earned run in the first or second inning of any start this season despite allowing 15 hits.
-As of Tuesday, senior closer Don Czyz was tied for the NCAA lead with eight saves. Czyz shares the distinction with Cal State Fullerton’s Vinnie Pestano and UC Irvine’s Blair Erickson.
-This marks the second time this year KU will play the 2nd-ranked team in the country on the road (Clemson, March 10-12) and the fifth, sixth and seventh times KU has played a top 10 team (Stanford, Feb. 10-12 and San Diego, Feb. 18). The Jayhawks are 3-4 against top 10 foes this season.
-KU opens the season with 23 of its first 27 games on the road.
-11 of the Jayhawks 16 wins have been come-from-behind victories.
-KU’s win against Baylor last Saturday was its first ever in Waco, Texas.
A Look at Nebraska
Fresh off a 2005 trip to the College World Series and Big 12 tournament championship, the Huskers enter the series ranked #2 in the country with a 15-2 record and riding an 11-game winning streak. Due to inclement weather, Nebraska’s last game was a 3-0 victory over South Dakota State on Friday, March 17.
All-American Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to take the mound in Friday’s series opener. The junior righty is 2-1 on the year with a 1.29 ERA in three starts. NU will concluded the series with sophomore All-American Johnny Dorn (3-1, 3.33 ERA) on the hill Sunday.
As a team, the Cornhuskers are hitting .316 with 24 home runs. Newcomers Nick Jaros (.389) and Luke Gorsett (.381) lead the team in hitting. Jaros was a junior college teammate of KU’s Ross Kelling at MapleWoods CC while Gorsett was coached at Garden City CC by KU assistant Rick Sabath.