Don Czyz Named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American

June 2, 2006


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University of Kansas relief pitcher Don Czyz was named Louisville Slugger All-American First Team on Friday as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

A senior from Overland Park, Kan., Czyz leads the NCAA with 18 saves and has a 6-0 record while compiling a 1.62 ERA. The right-handed closer has struck out 59 batters while allowing 14 walks in 61.0 innings this seas.

Czyz is KU’s first baseball All-American since 2B Josh Kliner and OF Isaac Byrd were honored in 1996 and the first KU pitcher ever to be named first team All-American.

Czyz has already been named to the 2006 College Baseball Foundation All-America Team and as one of five finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to college baseball’s top closer.

Below is a list of KU baseball players named First Team All-America:

Year	Name		Pos.	Publication1954	John Trombold	OF	American Baseball Coaches Association1980	Matt Gundelfinger	DH	American Baseball Coaches Association1993	Jeff Berblinger	2B	National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association1996	Josh Kliner	2B	American Baseball Coaches Association					and Baseball America2006	Don Czyz		RP	Collegiate Baseball