Jayhawk Insider: The Closer

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In recent years, the Jayhawks have had late inning relievers that have excelled on the pitcher’s mound with current New York Mets minor leaguer Stephen Villines being one of them. Ulane and Villines both have very similar backgrounds and stories.

“Learning from him and what it takes to be ready for those big-time situations in the late innings has helped me so much this year,” Ulane said. “Being able to slow the game down and having some experience in the late innings last year has translated into more success this year.”

With Big 12 play underway, Ulane has been a key contributor to the Kansas bullpen as he looks to be on the mound in those big late inning situations.

“It is one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” Ulane said when asked about what it means for head coach Ritch Price putting him on scholarship. “Being under recruited in high school and coming to a big university to pursue the dream of playing Division I baseball is great.”