Archive for Sunday, January 26, 2003

Kansas splits with Hilo

January 26, 2003


— Kansas University is opening the baseball season with six games in Hawaii, but the islands have not been paradise for the Jayhawks so far.

KU moved to 2-2 Saturday after splitting a doubleheader with Hawaii-Hilo for the second straight day.

A four-run sixth inning gave Hawaii-Hilo a 7-4 victory in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with KU.

In the nightcap, the Jayhawks had 16 hits in a 9-4 victory. KU scored five runs in the second inning in support of Chris Smart (1-0).

Ryan Baty was 4-for-4 with two doubles in the second game. The junior outfielder from Wichita is batting .643 on the road trip.

In Saturday's opener, KU took a 3-1 lead in the third inning on Baty's two-run homer.

Hawaii-Hilo tied the game in the fifth before its big sixth inning. Reliever Blake Howard (0-1) was hammered in the sixth, allowing four hits and four runs.

Brian Ebbs (1-1) allowed four hits and four runs in six innings and earned the victory.

KU also split its season-opening doubleheader late Friday. The Jayhawks had won six straight season openers before falling 8-7 in KU's first game under new coach Ritch Price. It was the first victory of the season for Hawaii-Hilo, which had lost six games to Arizona State.

The Vulcans scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the opener. KU won the nightcap, 9-3.

In the first game, freshman Don Czyz -- the last of four KU relievers -- took the loss.

Junior Ryan Knippschild recorded a complete-game win in the second contest.

The teams conclude the six-game series today with another doubleheader.

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