Don Czyz Named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
June 2, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. –
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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