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Number BY THE NUMBERS
Senior closer Stephen Villines racked up three-straight saves in as many games in four days to become the all-time career saves leader in Kansas history with 33. On Sunday (April 2), he surpassed the great Don Czyz (2003-06) after he sealed the Jayhawks’ victory over Texas, 5-4, to clinch their first conference series win of the season.
Notes QUICK HITS
- Kansas’ an all-time record: 1,868-1799-18 (.509).
- The Jayhawks hold a 670-1,042-4 (.392) clip in conference play, including a 189-346-1 (.354) mark in Big 12 action.
- KU owns a .469 (595-674-6) winning percentage all-time in the month of April in program history.
- Last weekend’s series victory over Texas (March 31-April 2) marked the sixth time since 2009 that the Jayhawks have won a Big 12 Conference home-opening series with the 2010 conference home opening set ending in a tie when the Sunday contest against then-No. 22 Texas A&M finished in an 8-8 tie after 11 innings.
- That series win also marked the 30th Big 12 Conference series victory at Hoglund Ballpark and the 25th during the Ritch Price years.
- Kansas defeated Missouri State, 4-2, Tuesday (April 4) night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri – a first on the road against MSU since April 13, 2010, when the Jayhawks defeated the Bears, 6-4.
- That decision over Missouri State also marked the third-straight win for Kansas – its longest winning-streak since March 29-April 1, 2016, when it also won three-straight against the then-No. 16 Bears, Benedictine College (Kan.) and Baylor.
- The Jayhawks haven’t won four games in a row since stringing together a seven-gamer April 25-May 4, 2014, where they swept both Baylor (April 25-27) and then-No. 19 Texas Tech (May 2-4), and beat Wichita State (April 29) in midweek action.
- KU owns two series victories over West Virginia, and look to add to that total when it travels to Morgantown, West Virginia, to continue Big 12 play at Monongalia County Ballpark.
- Kansas hasn’t won back-to-back conference series since sweeping three-straight league opponents to close out Big 12 play in 2014.
- 2014 also marks the last time the Jayhawks started conference play 3-3 – they finished that season with the program’s highest finish in Big 12 play at third with a 15-9 record.