KU Completes Two-Game Sweep of NDSU
April 12, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas (24-13) defeated North Dakota State (2-26), 8-5 Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. KU held the Bison to one-hit in the first 6.2 innings and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after six innings of play. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Freshman Nick Czyz (1-1) received the start and responded with a season-high nine strike outs while allowing one hit in 5.0 innings. Sophomore Matt Lane pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out two. Seven Jayhawk pitchers combined to strikeout 17 NDSU batters.
Despite trailing 8-0, NDSU attempted to rally with three two-out runs in the seventh inning and an unearned run in the eighth. Senior Trey Randa hit a batter to lead off the ninth inning then allowed an RBI double followed by a single forcing KU to bring freshman Paul Smyth out of the bullpen. The Atascadero, Calif., native struck out the final two batters to record his first career save.
Junior Kyle Murphy led off the first inning for KU with a walk and scored on a Gus Milner two-out single to center. Sophomore Erik Morrison hit a solo home run – his ninth home run of the season – in the fourth inning. KU added another run in the inning off a wild pitch.
Leading 3-0, KU scored five runs in the fifth. Ritchie Price and Matt Baty led off the frame with a walk and bunt single, respectively. Sophomore John Allman drove both with a two-run single. Preston Land drove in a run with a double followed by a Buck Afenir home run.
Afenir, Allman and Land each had two of KU’s nine hits on the day. Allman and Afenir also recorded two RBI each.
Kansas will next play a three-game Big 12 series against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., beginning Friday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Senior Ritchie Price played in his 224th career game, tying the school record set by Brent Wilhelm (1992-95) … Kansas is now 6-0 all-time against NDSU … The Czyz brothers (Don and Nick) combined to strikeout 12 Bison in 6.0 innings during the two-game series.