Jayhawks Blitz Bradley, 15-3

May 12, 2006

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The University of Kansas used a 10-run fifth inning to defeat Bradley, 15-3, Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawk Classic victory improves KU’s record to 34-21 overall while Bradley falls to 23-25 on the season.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Senior ace Kodiak Quick returned to form on the mound for KU. Five days after making his shortest appearance of the season against Texas, the senior went 7.0 innings and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts. Quick improved to 9-4 on the season and is one win shy of tying the Kansas record for wins in a season.

The Braves came out sharp after defeating Northern Colorado 14-2 in the first game of the Jayhawk Classic earlier in the day. Bradley posted single runs off Quick in the first and second innings.

The lead didn’t last long as sophomore Brock Simpson blasted a two-run home run to right field to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning. The homer was Simpson’s fourth of the season and scored Gus Milner after he led of the frame with a single.

Ryne Price hit a solo home run in the third inning in his first at-bat since April 2. Price showed no signs of a wrist injury that’s forced him to miss all but 15 games this season. The sophomore went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while making his first collegiate start at catcher.

KU then exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning while sending 14 men to the plate. Freshman Preston Land reached on an error to start the frame. Back-to-back singles by Matt Baty and Ritchie Price followed by Milner’s fifth triple of the season scored KU’s first four runs of the frame.

A walk and hit batter loaded the bases for Simpson. The Topeka, Kan., native tallied his third and fourth RBI of the night with a single to right. An RBI single by Preston Land, two-run double by Baty and run scoring double by Ritchie Price capped KU’s largest inning of the season.

KU tacked on two runs in the sixth inning to take a 15-2 lead. Bradley scored one run off sophomore Matt Lane in the eighth before junior Ryotaro Hayakawa struck out two of the four Braves he faced in the ninth.

Kansas and Bradley will face off against on Saturday at 1 p.m. before KU faces Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. Admission to the 1 p.m. game is free.