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Don Czyz - Baseball - Kansas Jayhawks

Don Czyz

Position RHP
Height 6'1''
Weight 200 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Overland Park, Kan.
High School Blue Valley

Career Honors & Records:

  • Team Captain
  • 2005 Big 12 Honorable Mention
  • Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (May 10, 2005)
  • Career Appearances Leader (91)
  • Single Season Appearances (36)
  • Most Appearances by a Junior (36)
  • Most Appearances by a Sophomore (33)

Summer 2005: Compiled a 0.30 ERA with nine saves in 19 appearances for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League … Recorded a 1-1 record and chipped in on three combined shutouts … Struck out 40 batters in 30 innings of work and allowed just one earned run … Was a teammate of current Jayhawk Matt Lane.

2005 (Junior): Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention … His 10 saves during the year were the second most ever by a Jayhawk … Made 36 appearances, a new Kansas record … Converted saves in six straight outings (4/26-5/7) for the Jayhawks … Held opponents to a .216 average, the lowest on the KU staff … Recorded two saves against No. 2 Texas to earn Co-Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors … In the second game of the series against the Longhorns (May 7), when he entered in the top of the eighth inning and returned to close out the game on the morning of May 8 as the game was suspended the night before due to rain … Pitched more than one inning in all but two of his 10 saves … Recorded two saves in the three-game series against Kansas State … Earned the victory against No. 9 Nebraska, pitching 1.2 innings and striking out three batters … Picked up the win against Texas A&M (4/1) while pitching 4.1 innings and striking out five Aggies.

2004 (Sophomore): Made a team-high 33 appearances, 32 out of the bullpen … Tied for the team lead with two saves on the season … Yielded 19 earned runs in 45.1 innings of work to post a 3.77 ERA … Third on the team with 40 strikeouts … Tied his career high with seven strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work against Oakland on Feb. 23.

2003 (Freshman): Made 22 appearances including two starts … Recorded 40 strikeouts in 40.1 innings of work … Sported an ERA of 5.58 and a record of 2-4 … Recorded a career-high seven strikeouts to pick up his first career win against Tabor on March 20.

High School: A 2002 graduate of Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan. … Earned a pair of varsity letters in baseball and one in soccer … Posted a 5-2 record with one save in 2002 … Finished the season with 57 strikeouts in 46.2 innings of work … Had a career 2.79 earned run average … Was named first team All-East Kansas League and first team All-Sun Country as a senior … Helped Blue Valley to a fourth-place finish at the 2001 6A State baseball tournament … Was an EKL scholar athlete in 2001 and 2002 … A four-year member of the school[apos]s honor roll.

Personal: Born Sept. 16, 1983, in Buffalo, N.Y. … Parents are Bo and Joanne Czyz … Younger brother, Nick, is a freshman pitcher for KU … A business major.