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Quick, Czyz save series

April 17, 2006

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— For the fourth straight Sunday, Kodiak Quick earned the win and Don Czyz the save for Kansas University's baseball team.

Quick struck out two and allowed five earned runs over five innings, and Quick finished up with four scoreless innings as the Jayhawks beat Oklahoma State, 7-5, in Big 12 Conference baseball.

Czyz earned his NCAA-leading 13th save of the season.

KU avoided a sweep of the three-game series and improved to 25-15 overall, 7-8 in the league, while OSU, which won the first two games in the series, moved to 21-12 and 5-7. The Cowboys fell to 18-2 at home.

Kansas senior Ritchie Price established the school record when he recorded the 275th hit of his career - a first-inning single. Price passed Darryl Monroe (1991-'94), then padded his total with another single in the fourth.

KU freshman Preston Land had a career-high three hits including a home run and two doubles while driving in three runs.

Kansas' Nos. 1-4 hitters - Brock Simpson, Price, Matt Baty and Jared Schweitzer - had nine of KU's 14 hits on the afternoon.

The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead in the third inning with two home runs. Keanon Simon hit a solo home run to left field, and, after Tyler Mach singled, Deik Scram hit a two-run homer.

The Jayhawks came back with three runs in the top of the fourth. John Allman ripped an RBI single to score Baty and Schweitzer, who led off the inning with singles. Land then plated Schweitzer and Allman with a two-run double.

KU scored three more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Three straight singles by Baty, Price and Schweitzer plated the first run of the inning and sent OSU's starter Rick Rivas out of the game. Erik Morrison welcomed reliever Jeff Breedlove with a two-run single down the left-field line.

OSU cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs in the fifth inning off a sacrifice fly and infield single.

Land pushed the lead to 7-5 with a solo home run over the right-center-field fence. The homer was Land's sixth of the season and second of the series.

KU will play host to Missouri State at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Tabor College at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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