Jayhawk Baseball Completes SDSU Sweep

<strong>LAWRENCE, Kan.</strong> - Senior left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski collected a career-high 11 strikeouts in route to winning his second game of the season and leading the University of Kansas baseball team to a 14-1 victory and a series sweep over South Dakota State on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.

In the game, Mike Zagurski pitched seven innings, allowing only one run to improve his record to 2-0 this season. Zagurski combined with relievers Logan Murphy and Don Czyz to collect a season-high 16 strikeouts in the game.

"I was really pleased with how Zagurski played," said Kansas head coach Ritch Price. "I felt like it was first pitch, strike one all night."

The series sweep is the second of the season for KU, as it took all six games from Hawaii-Hilo to begin the 2005 season. The win improves Kansas' overall record to 10-3 this season while SDSU drops to 0-4.

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the game scoring twice in the bottom of the second inning without recording a hit. SDSU starter Jared Huber (0-1) issued five walks in the frame and KU capitalized, scoring on a passed ball and bases loaded walk by freshman second baseman Ryne Price.

In the third inning, Ryne Price collected his third and fourth RBI of the game by doubling to left center field to drive in senor first baseman Andy Scholl and junior outfielder A.J. Van Slyke, who had reached on walks.

Ryne Price finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and four RBI.

Scholl grounded out to drive in the Jayhawks' fifth run of the ball game in the bottom of the fourth.

Kansas exploded to bat around and push across seven runs in the top of eighth to take a 12-1 advantage. The seven runs is the most scored in a single inning this season by the Jayhawks. Pinch hitter Mike Dudley provided the inning's biggest hit, driving in two runs with a single.

A two-run single off the bat of John Allman gave KU it final two runs of the ballgame in the bottom of the eight inning.

"I feel like we accomplished what we set out to do," Price added. "We got three quality starts, our freshman made progress throughout the weekend and we were able to play our whole bullpen."

Kansas baseball is back in action next weekend when they host Northern Colorado in a three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark.

Story courtesy: KUAC

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