Jayhawks Fall to Northern Colorado, 8-7

May 13, 2006

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The University of Northern Colorado defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 8-7, Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark. The loss marks the first loss for the `Hawks in the Jayhawk Classic having won their previous two games against Bradley. The defeat drops KU to 33-22 overall with four games remaining in the regular season.

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Northern Colorado jumped ahead early after a double and single scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning.

Kansas tied the score at one in the bottom of the second with a pair of base hits and the help of Northern Colorado starter Evan Linn. Gus Milner led off the frame with a single and sophomore John Allman followed Milner with a single of his own. Running on the play, Milner advanced all the way to third and later scored on Linn’s balk, giving the Jayhawks their first run of the game.

Northern Colorado responded by tallying a single run in the third and scoring four times in the fourth. Nate Saylor’s base hit with the bases loaded and Brennan Garr’s RBI bloop single highlighted the inning that chased KU starter Nick Czyz and extended the Bears lead to 6-1.

Freshman Preston Land’s RBI ground out in the fourth brought KU to within four. The Jayhawks plated three more in the fifth after an Erik Morrison sacrifice fly and a Brock Simpson’s double that scored both Gus Milner and John Allman leaving the Jayhawks down a run.

However, UNC countered again in their half of the sixth with RBI’s coming off the bats of Nate Saylor and Zach Harris making the score 8-5.

After the first batter of the seventh inning reached base, KU called on closer Don Czyz to keep KU in the game. The senior righty responded with 3.0 innings of one-hit baseball while striking out one.

KU scored twice again in the seventh, but was never able to overcome the one run deficit.

Kansas and Northern Colorado will play the final game of the Jayhawk Classic Sunday. First pitch at Hoglund Ballpark is set for 1 p.m.