Kansas Hosts Texas A&M to Conclude Regular Season

May 18, 2006


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Matchup: Texas A&M (25-27-1, 6-17-1) at Kansas (35-23, 10-14 Big 12)
Friday, May 19, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark (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
Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday
Series: Texas A&M leads 34-10
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 354-338-2 overall and 137-110-1 at KU
TAMU Coach: Rob Childress (First season overall and at Texas A&M)
Record: 25-27-1 overall and at Texas A&M
Promotions: Heroes Series — Teachers, doctors, police, fire, medical and military personnel can purchase 2 for 1 tickets during all three games of the series.
Saturday — Free Root Beer floats (limit one per person).
Sunday — Family Day (2 adults GA & 2 youth GA tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks for $30 or 2 adults GA & 2 youth GA tickets for $12) — after the game children can run the bases and get autographs.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr. (9-4, 3.53 ERA)
Jason Meyer, LHP, Jr. (3-3, 2.93 ERA)
Sean Land, LHP, Jr. (5-6, 5.18 ERA)
Kyle Nicholson, RHP, Jr. (4-5, 4.56 ERA)
Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr. (5-6, 5.92 ERA)

Leading Off
Kansas will conclude its regular season with a home Big 12 series against Texas A&M. The first game of the series will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, with game two set for 6 p.m on May 20. Sunday’s season finale will start at 1 p.m. and will include senior day ceremonies.

Up Next
KU will be making its second straight appearance in the Big 12 Championship next week at Brickyard Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. The championship field has yet to be announced but all teams will be guaranteed three games. KU will play at a to be determined time on Wednesday, May 24. The Jayhawks will then play one game either Thursday, May 25 or Friday, May 26 and again on Saturday, May 27. The winner of each pool will play in a championship game on Sunday, May 28, at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

A Look at Texas A&M
The Aggies enter the final weekend of the regular season in ninth place in the Big 12, but still hold a chance at making next week’s Big 12 Championship. Texas A&M will make the Championship if it sweeps the series with Kansas and Texas sweeps Missouri. A&M helped its postseason chances with two wins and a tie against K-State last weekend.

Senior Success
Before Sunday’s season finale, KU will honor its eight seniors: Matt Baty, Don Czyz, Ricky Fairchild, Gus Milner, Ritchie Price, Kodiak Quick, Trey Randa and Jared Schweitzer will be playing their last game at Hoglund Ballpark. The senior class has led KU to an unprecedented fourth-straight 30-plus win seasons and will leave Kansas with the most wins of any senior class in program history.

Hitting the Books
Kansas placed four players on the Academic All-Big 12 baseball team as announced by the league office on May 16. Senior Trey Randa and junior Ryotaro Hayakawa earned All-Big 12 First Team accolades while sophomores Erik Morrison and Brock Simpson were placed on the Second Team.

Quick Hits
-Senior Ritchie Price is six at-bats shy of tying current Arizona Diamondback and former UCLA Bruin Eric Byrnes for 20th all-time in the NCAA for career at-bats.

-Senior Jared Schweitzer leads the team with 25 multi-hit games this year.

-Senior RHP Kodiak Quick is a perfect 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA at Hoglund Ballpark this season.

-Kodiak Quick is one win shy of winning 10 games for the second straight season, the 10 wins would put Quick in a tie for the most wins in a single season by a KU pitcher.

-RHP Paul Smyth is one appearance shy of tying Robert Keens (1995) freshman record for appearances.

-LHP Sean Land has struck out 13 batters in his last three appearances (10.2 innings).

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