KU Heads to Texas for Series Against #7 Longhorns

May 4, 2006


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Matchup: Kansas (33-18, 10-11 Big 12) at #7 Texas (33-15, 16-4 Big 12)
Friday, May 5, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Location: Austin, Texas
Stadium: Disch-Falk Field
Capacity: 6,649
Internet: GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: KLWN (1320 AM) and online at KUathletics.com
Pre-game show starts 15 minutes before first pitch
Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday
Satellite Radio: Saturday and Sunday’s games will be on Sirius channel 143
Series: Texas leads 27-8
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 352-333-2, 135-105-1 at KU and 3-7 all-time against Texas
UT Coach: Augie Garrido (38th season, 10th at Texas)
Record: 1,574-732-8, 423-208-1 at UT

Probable Pitchers

Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr. (5-5, 5.71 ERA)
Kyle McCulloch, RHP, Jr. (7-4, 2.85 ERA)
Nick Czyz, LHP, Fr. (3-1, 4.17 ERA)
Adrian Alaniz, RHP, So. (5-2, 4.36 ERA)
Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr. (8-3, 3.22 ERA)
Riley Boening, LHP, Fr. (3-1, 5.40 ERA)

Leading Off
The University of Kansas (33-18, 10-11 Big 12) will travel to Austin, Texas to face the Texas Longhorns (33-15, 16-4 Big 12) this weekend. First pitch on Friday, May 5, is set for 6:15 p.m. Saturday’s game is set for 2 p.m. with Sunday’s series final scheduled for 1 p.m.

A Look at Texas
Last years College World Series champions got off the a slow start but have long since rebounded to post 16 Big 12 victories and currently sit in second place, and percentage points behind Nebraska. Texas carries a 3.65 staff ERA led by ace Kyle McCulloch who has a 2.85 ERA and a 7-4 record. Preseason All-American Drew Stubbs has a team-high 11 homers and 51 runs.

Up Next
After a mid-week game against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, April 10, KU will return to Lawrence to host the Jayhawk Classic at Hoglund Ballpark. Northern Colorado and Bradley will play the first game of the classic at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12 while KU and Bradley will meet at 7 p.m. on May 12. After Bradley and UNC play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, the Jayhawks will face UNC at 7 p.m. The classic will conclude with a 1 p.m. game between the Jayhawks and UNC Bears at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Quick Hits
-With their 10th Big 12 victory on Sunday, the Jayhawks have now won double-digit games in back-to-back years for the first time in Big 12 play and fourth time total.

-The Jayhawks are 27-3 when they out-hit the opponent and 28-0 when leading after the 8th inning.

-KU took two of three games from Texas in Lawrence last season. The Jayhawks were one of only two teams to win a regular season series from the Longhorns last year.

-Freshman LHP Nick Czyz will be making his first career Big 12 Start when he takes the mound on Saturday against the Longhorns.

-KU senior Jared Schweitzer has nine hits in his last 21 at-bats which equates to a .429 average over his last five games.

-Kansas is two conference wins shy of matching the school record for wins in the Big 12 set in 1997.

-Turn to page 6 of the game notes for more information on senior closer Don Czyz.