KU Baseball to Face North Dakota State Twice

April 10, 2006


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Matchup: North Dakota State (2-24) at Kansas (22-13, 6-6 Big 12)
Tuesday, April 11, 6 p.m
Wednesday, April 12, 3 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark
Capacity: 2,500
Internet: GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: KLWN (1320 AM) and online at KUathletics.com
Pre-game show starts 15 minutes before first pitch
Series: Kansas leads 4-0
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 341-328-2, 124-100-1 at KU
NDSU Coach: Dr. Mitch McLeod (13 years overall and at NDSU)
Record: 321-274-4 overall and at NDSU


Tuesday and Wednesday is Tax Break Day
Two for One Ticket Offer
–purchase one ticket at full price and get one ticket of equal or lesser value free
–promotional giveaways throughout the games

Probable Pitchers

Brendan McNamara, RHP, Jr.
Ryan Williams, RHP, So.
Nick Czyz, LHP, Fr.
Jake Laber, LHP, So.

Leading Off
The University of Kansas will host North Dakota State in a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark. Tuesday’s game will begin at 6 p.m. with Wednesday’s game set for 3 p.m.

Quick Hits
-KU has played 17-straight games against ranked opponents.

-12 different Jayhawks have recorded one or more game-winning RBI this season.

-Senior Ritchie Price is one hit shy of tying the KU school record for career hits, 274, set by Darryl Monroe (1991-94).

-Don Czyz leads the NCAA and Big 12 in saves with 12.

-KU is ranked 28th in the RPI compiled by www.boydsworld.com.

-Don Czyz leads the Big 12 in saves (12) and his 1.47 ERA is good for second (trailing only UT’s Austin Creps 1.46).

-Kodiak Quick’s three victories over conference foes are good for first along with two others (Ryan LaMotta from Baylor and Kyle McCulloch from Texas).

-Gus Milner’s 37 RBI rank fourth in the Big 12 conference.

-John Allman’s .429 batting average in conference play ranks seventh among league leaders. Allman’s .510 OBP in conference games is good for fourth while his four doubles are fifth best, and his 25 total bases rank seventh in conference play.

-John Allman is batting .412 (14-for-34) against LHP this season.

-Matt Baty is 9-for-22 (.409) with runners on base this year.

-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.

A Look at North Dakota State
The Bison enter its mid-week series 2-24 and on a six-game losing streak. North Dakota State has yet to play a home game and will only play nine all season. NDSU is in its third year of a five-year NCAA reclassification from Division II to Division I. The Bison will not be eligible for NCAA playoffs until the 2008-09 season and currently don’t compete in a conference. Luke Otto (.319), Charles Magedanz (.307) and Jared Sullivan (.305) lead the Bison in hitting.

The `Don’ of Records
Senior Don Czyz set two records in helping KU win its series against Texas Tech on April 9. The Overland Park, Kan., native came into the ball game in the eighth inning, marking his 112th career appearance to set a new Big 12 record. Czyz also recorded the save in KU’s 5-3 victory for his 12th of the season, setting a new KU single season record.

Czyz Among the Best
As of Monday, senior closer Don Czyz led the nation in saves. Here is a look at the top 5.
Rk. School Name Saves
1. Kansas Don Czyz 12
2. Cal State Fullerton Vinnie Pestano 11
3. Wake Forest Ben Hunter 10
3. UC Irvine Blair Erickson 10
3. The Citadel Link Saunders 10
5. 11 players with 8

Mark Your Calenders
With the cancelation of KU’s March 22 game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., the Jayhawks have announced an additional game. KU will host Tabor College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. Their will be no charge to attend the KU-Tabor game.