Kansas to Play OU, OSU and MU at Big 12 Baseball Championship

May 23, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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Who: Kansas (38-23, 13-14 Big 12)
What: 2006 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
Dates/Times:
Wednesday, May 24, 5 p.m. vs. Oklahoma (39-17, 17-10 Big 12)
Friday, May 26, 8 p.m. vs. Oklahoma State (39-15, 18-9 Big 12)
Saturday, May 27, 8 p.m. vs. Missouri (29-24, 12-15 Big 12)
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Stadium: Bricktown Ballpark
Capacity: 13,066
Internet: All KU games on GameTracker at KUathletics.com
Radio: All KU games on KLWN (1320 AM) and online at KUathletics.com
Pre-game show starts 15 minutes before first pitch
Play-by-play by Brian Hanni and Jud Easterday
Series: OU leads 137-80-1; OSU leads 126-47; Missouri leads 192-118
KU Coach: Ritch Price (12th season, 4th at Kansas)
Record: 357-338-2 overall and 140-110-1 at KU

Probable Starting Pitchers for KU
Wednesday vs. Oklahoma

Kodiak Quick, RHP, Sr., 10-4, 3.29 ERA

Friday vs. Oklahoma State
Sean Land, LHP, Jr., 5-6, 4.90 ERA

Saturday vs. Missouri
Ricky Fairchild, RHP, Sr., 6-6, 5.88 ERA

Leading Off
KU will face the 3rd-seeded University of Oklahoma in its first game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. in Oklahoma City, Okla. After tying with Baylor for fifth place in the Big 12, KU was awarded the 6th-seed and placed in the same pool as No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 7 Missouri.

Quick Hits
-Kansas finished the regular season in a tie for fifth with Baylor. The Bears won the tie breaker by beating Kansas two out of three games in Waco, Texas earlier in the season.

-KU’s fifth place finish is its best regular season showing since the league was formed in 1997.

-Kansas went 8-13 against Big 12 teams that made the tournament and 4-5 against teams in its pool.

-The Jayhawks will be looking for their first win in the Big 12 Championship (0-4).

-KU is 15-0 when holding its opponent to 0-2 runs and 33-0 when leading after 8 innings this year.

-Senior RHP Kodiak Quick finished a perfect 6-0 with a 2.27 ERA at Hoglund Ballpark this season.

-Kodiak Quick is one win shy of breaking the school record for wins in a single season. The Belton, Mo., native has tied the record in both of his two seasons at Kansas.

-RHP Paul Smyth broke Robert Keens (1995) freshman record for appearances with his 31st on Sunday.

-Closer Don Czyz picked up his NCAA leading 16th and 17th saves of the season against Texas A&M.

Noting Last Weekend
Kansas concluded its regular season with a series sweep of Texas A&M at Hoglund Ballpark … KU’s 38 wins this season ranks third all-time while its 13 Big 12 victories are the most in school history … Kodiak Quick and Don Czyz combined for the win and save in Friday’s series opener as the Jayhawks won 2-1 … Quick fanned four batters in 6.2 innings while tying the school record with his 10th win of the season … Czyz picked up his 16th save of the season, pitching the game’s final 2.1 innings … Czyz picked up his NCAA leading 17th save in KU’s 6-2 victory on Saturday night … Paul Smyth (4-1) picked up the win in relief of Sean Land who scattered three hits in 6.0 innings .. Kansas scored seven runs in the third inning to win its regular season finale, 11-6, on Sunday … Ricky Fairchild earned his sixth victory while seniors Ritchie Price and Jared Schweitzer each had three hits

Senior Success
Before Sunday’s season finale, KU honored its eight seniors: Matt Baty, Don Czyz, Ricky Fairchild, Gus Milner, Ritchie Price, Kodiak Quick, Trey Randa and Jared Schweitzer capped their last game at Hoglund Ballpark with a series sweep of Texas A&M. 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.