Ritch Price Earns Victory No. 500 in Jayhawks' 5-3 Win Over UALR
March 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas head coach Ritch Price earned his 500th win at the Division I level Tuesday evening as the Jayhawks downed Arkansas-Little Rock, 5-3 at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks earn their third-straight victory and move back to .500 at 10-10. UALR falls to 10-10.
Price won 217 games in eight seasons as the head coach at Cal Poly in San Luis-Obispo, Calif. In eight-plus years at Kansas, Price is 283-230-2, which ranks as the second-most victories in school history.
His current team scored four runs in the first three innings and made them stand up with some quality relief pitching. After taking a 1-0 lead on a double play in the second, KU plated three runs in the third.
After senior Casey Lytle made the score 2-0 with a sacrifice fly, KU loaded the bases for Zac Elgie. The Kansas first baseman ripped a 1-0 fastball down the left field line for a two-run double to give the Jayhawks a 4-0 advantage.
Elgie recorded his third-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
UALR scored all three of their runs in the fifth on a solo home run off the bat of Miles Parma and a two-run single by Jake Rowell off of KU relief pitcher Thomas Taylor. However, after Rowell’s hit in the fifth, KU’s bullpen did not allow another base runner, retiring the final 13 Trojans to come to the plate.
Senior lefty Wally Marciel recorded his third victory of the season, pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, while Jordan Jakubov and Frank Duncan each recorded scoreless appearances. Duncan, who has yet to allow a run in his first 11 1/3 innings of college baseball, collected his first save.
Six different Jayhawks collected hits in the game, including Elgie and Kevin Kuntz, who each had two.
Following the game, Price was honored in front of home plate with a short ceremony. He was presented with an engraved bat by Associate Athletics Director Sean Lester commemorating the 500th win.
The Jayhawks will return to action Friday when they open a three-game series in College Station, Texas against No. 6 Texas A&M. First pitch in the series-opener is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.