KU Baseball Completes Road Stretch at #2 Nebraska

March 22, 2006


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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
Capacity: 8,486
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

Friday’s Pitchers
Sean Land, LHP, Jr.
Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Jr.
Saturday’s Pitchers
Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr.
Tony Watson, LHP, So.
Sunday’s Pitcher
Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr.
Johnny Dorn, RHP, So.

Leading Off
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.

Quick Hits
-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.