Jayhawks Defeat Texas A&M, 2-1, in Pitchers Duel

May 19, 2006


For the seventh time this season, senior pitchers Kodiak Quick and Don Czyz combined to win and save a game for the University of Kansas as the Jayhawks (36-23, 11-14) defeated Texas A&M (26-28-1, 6-18-1), 2-1, Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Despite holding KU hitless for the first six innings, Texas A&M’s starter Jason Meyer walked seven batters, including four in the third inning resulting in a KU run.

Still leading 1-0 and hitless heading into the seventh inning, sophomore Ryne Price blasted a Meyer pitch over the right field wall for his sixth homer of the season, giving Kansas a 2-0 edge.

After Quick allowed a single and a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the seventh, KU called on Czyz from the bullpen. The righty got out of the jam and pitched the games final 2.1 innings, striking out two, to pick up his NCAA best 16th save of the season.

Quick (10-4) scattered five hits in 6.2 innings to pick up his 10th victory of the season. The Belton, Mo., native struck out four batters while walking five. His 10th victory ties the school record for most wins in a single season.

The Aggies scored its lone run of the game with a single and double in the eighth inning off Czyz.

John Allman’s double off reliever Hart Hering in the eighth inning was KU’s second hit of the game. Allman also picked up an RBI as he walked with the bases loaded in the third.

The Jayhawks and Aggies will play the second game of the three game series Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark. KU junior LHP Sean Land (5-6, 5.18 ERA) will face TAMU junior RHP Kyle Nicholson (4-5, 4.56 ERA). First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Game Notes: KU’s 36th victory of the season ties its win total of last year … Quick’s 10th victory ties the school record for wins in a season, Quick also had 10 wins last year … Quick lowered his ERA to 3.29 on the yearRyne Price now has three home runs in his last five games since returning to the lineup from an injury.