SPRINGFIELD, MO. Ritch Price hopes Kansas University's late season baseball surge doesn't run into a roadblock tonight at Southwest Missouri State.
First pitch for the Jayhawks' last nonconference game will be at 7 p.m. at Hammons Field. It's a makeup game of a March 23 rainout.
"If I had a preference, we wouldn't be playing," said Price, KU's third-year coach, "but we're going there to win."
Price concedes the possibility the Jayhawks might suffer an emotional letdown after taking two of three games from then-No. 3-ranked Texas last weekend at Hoglund Ballpark.
"The last three weeks we've come to play every game," Price said, "so hopefully that won't happen."
The Jayhawks (33-22) have won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 11, and Price has stressed to his players that every game was important at this stage of the season.
"We've put ourselves in position to qualify for the Big 12 tournament," Price said, "and it's possible we could get into the NCAA Tournament, too. You never know what will happen on Selection Sunday."
Kansas has six more conference games remaining -- three this weekend at Missouri and three against Oklahoma State on May 20-22 at Hoglund Ballpark. The league tourney will be May 25-29 in Oklahoma City.