Red Raiders Invade Lawrence for Big 12 Baseball Showdown

April 6, 2006


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Matchup: #26 Texas Tech (22-11, 4-4 Big 12) at #24 Kansas (20-12, 4-5 Big 12)
Friday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark (2,500)
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Radio: KLWN (1320 AM) and online at or
Sirius Channel 158 on Sat. and Sun.
Series: Texas Tech leads 21-8
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 339-327-2, 122-99-1 at KU
TT Coach: Larry Hays (35th season, 20th at Texas Tech)
Record: 1,447-788-3 overall, 752-407-2 at TTU


Friday — Quarter Hot Dog Night (while supplies last) and “Biggest Group” Contest
Saturday — Free Peanuts after KU’s first run (while supplies last) and Karaoke Contest
Sunday — Family Day (2 adults GA, 2 youth GA tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks for $30 OR 2 adults GA, 2 youth GA tickets for $12). Children can run the bases and get autographs after the game.

Probable Starting Pitcher

Sean Land, LHP, Jr.
Miles Morgan, RHP, Fr.
Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr.
Colt Hynes, LHP, Jr.
Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr.
AJ Ramos, RHP, Fr.

Leading Off
The University of Kansas (20-11, 4-5 Big 12) will host Texas Tech University (22-11, 4-4 Big 12) in a Big 12 series this weekend. Friday’s series opener will begin at 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark. The two teams will also play Saturday at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Quick Hits
-KU’s three-games against the 26th-ranked Red Raiders will mark the 15th, 16th and 17th straight games the Jayhawks have played a ranked opponent.

-Kansas is ranked 24th in this week’s Baseball America poll while Texas Tech is ranked 26th by Collegiate Baseball.

-KU is ranked 26th in the RPI compiled at The Big 12 has the 3rd best league RPI.

-Senior Matt Baty has five doubles and seven RBI seven career games against Texas Tech.

-John Allman is leading the team with a .406 batting average in Big 12 games, the sophomore was second on the team in batting average (.389) during Big 12 games in 2005.

-Kansas is in the midst of playing 18 of 21 games in the state of Kansas. The Jayhawks opened the season playing 23 of their first 27 games on the road, including their first 14 of the year.

-Kansas is tied for the Big 12 lead with 33 homers. Texas Tech is tied for second with 32 long balls.

-Don Czyz leads the Big 12 in saves (10), appearances (19) and ERA (1.64).

-Gus Milner’s 35 RBI rank third in the Big 12 trailing only Texas Tech teammates Matt Smith (38) and Roger Kieschnick (40).

-Erik Morrison’s eight home runs tie him for second in the Big 12.

-Freshman Preston Land has hit safely in nine consecutive games and is batting .379 (11-for-29) during his streak.

-15 of the Jayhawks 20 wins have been come-from-behind victories.

A Look at Texas Tech
The Red Raiders enter the series 22-11 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech has played all Texas schools in its first three Big 12 series. TTU split a rain shortened series against Texas before taking one of three games against Texas A&M and two or three against Baylor in Lubbuck last weekend. In its two victories over the Bears, the Red Raiders scored 28 times.
TTU’s ace Miles Morgan leads the Big 12 with 75 strikeouts. In Big 12 games this season, the Red Raider pitching staff has compiled a 3.16 ERA while holding its opponents to a .198 batting average. A freshman and senior lead the Raider offense. Frosh Roger Kieschnick is hitting a point below .400 while driving in a Big 12 best 40 runs. Senior Brian Capps is hitting .392 with a .453 on-base percentage.

The `Don’ of Records
With his next appearance, senior Don Czyz will tie the Big 12 record for career appearances. The record of 111 appearances is held by former Baylor Bear Zane Smith (2000-04). Czyz is also one save away from tying Jimmy Walker’s school record (11) for most saves in a single season.