Kansas closer Zack Leban academically ineligible for remainder of season

Oklahoma City — Kansas closer Zack Leban is unavailable for the remainder of the season because he is academically ineligible, according to Jayhawks baseball coach Ritch Price.

Ryan Cyr earned the save in KU’s 3-2 victory vs. Texas in the opener of the Big 12 tournament.

Leban (4-3, 4.62), a junior from Bellevue, Washington, has 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 39 innings.

The loss of Leban stresses an already thin pitching staff that has two of the conference’s top starting pitchers in Jackson Goddard and Ryan Zeferjahn, but lacks depth beyond that.

Cyr (4-3, 4.37) moves from a setup role to closing and Tyler Davis, a breaking-ball specialist, slides into the setup role.

Kansas faces Baylor 4 p.m. today at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. If Kansas wins, it will have an off day Friday and play Saturday at 9 a.m. against whichever of the three other teams (Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma) from the upper bracket has just one loss. If the Jayhawks lose to Baylor today, they will play Oklahoma, 3:15 p.m.

The Sooners eliminated regular-season champion Texas from the tournament with a 3-1 victory today.


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