#22 Kansas, Schweitzer Cycle Past #25 Hawaii, 9-6
June 2, 2006
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The University of Kansas (43-16) scored nine unanswered runs and senior Jared Schweitzer hit for the cycle to lead the Jayhawks past No. 25 Hawaii (43-23), 9-6, in the Corvallis Regional Friday afternoon. No. 22 KU will face the Oregon State-Wright State winner Saturday at 8 p.m. central.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Schweitzer hit a triple in the first inning, single in the third and a double in the fourth before hitting his ninth home run of the season in the sixth. The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native became the first Kansas player to hit for the cycle since Jeff Niemeier on May 3, 1993 against Benedictine.
Schweitzer’s homer broke a 5-5 tie and completed KU’s comeback after trailing 5-0 after 2.5 innings. Freshman Buck Afenir tied the game with a lead off home run to open the sixth inning.
Kansas picked up two more runs in the seventh inning courtesy of a solo home run by sophomore Ryne Price and an RBI double by Matt Baty.
After Hawaii scored one run off freshman Paul Smyth in the eighth inning, KU called on senior Don Czyz from the bullpen with two outs. Czyz threw just one pitch to Rainbow cleanup hitter Luis Avila to record the last out of the eighth inning. Czyz didn’t allow a hit in the ninth inning to record his NCAA-leading 19th save of the season.
Junior Brendan McNamara (3-2) threw 2.0 innings of hit-less baseball with three strikeouts to record his third win of the season. Senior Kodiak Quick earned the start and allowed seven hits and five earned runs while tying a season-high with five walks.
Quick hit the Rainbows’ lead off batter Robbie Wilder to start the game, and then walked Justin Frash before allowing a single to Luis Avila to load the bases with one out. Quick then issued his second walk of the inning with the bases loaded to give Hawaii a 1-0 lead. Quick coaxed a ground ball double play to end the inning and the Rainbow threat.
An RBI single by Robbie Wilder in the second inning gave Hawaii a 2-0 lead. Quick then got out of bases loaded jam for the second straight inning.
Kansas threatened in the bottom of the second inning by loading the bases but couldn’t push a run across.
Hawaii took a 5-0 lead with a three run third inning. The Rainbows recorded four singles during the frame and scored its fifth run of the game on a wild pitch by Quick.
Sophomore Erik Morrison put the Jayhawks on the scoreboard with a two-out three-run homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning. Morrison’s 14th home run of the season scored Ritchie Price and Schweitzer.
Price and Schweitzer also started KU’s rally in the fourth inning with a single and double, putting men at second and third. Milner’s sacrifice fly scored Ritchie Price to pull the Jayhawks to within a run at 5-4.
Kansas recorded four home runs, two doubles and a triple while all of Hawaii’s nine hits were singles. Relief pitcher Matt Daly (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season for Hawaii.
Game Notes: Ritchie Price became KU’s all-time runs scored leader with his 201, 202 and 203 runs scored of his career … The come-from-behind victory was KU’s 24th of the season … Schweitzer recorded his sixth game-winning RBI of the year … Schweitzer’s four-hits were a career-high … Schweitzer hit his first career triple off the centerfield wall with two outs in the first inning … Ritchie Price was hit by a pitch for the 52nd time of his career, 19th-most in NCAA history … Schweitzer moved into eighth all-time with his 22nd career homer … Matt Baty moved past his brother – Ryan – into third all-time with 258 career at-bats … Kodiak Quick has now pitched 112.0 innings this season, the seventh most in a single season at KU … Senior Don Czyz was named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American on Friday, becoming the first KU player to be named an all-american since 1996.