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Friday, March 4, 2005

KU to play at Classic

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— Four games in three days are on tap for Kansas University's baseball team this weekend at the NBC Classic on the Mississippi State University campus.

The Jayhawks (12-5) will meet Austin Peay at 11 a.m. today, play two games Saturday -- against Austin Peay at 11 a.m. and host MSU at 3 p.m. -- then wrap up with a 1:30 p.m. game Sunday against MSU.

KU coach Ritch Price will start senior Clint Schambach (2-1, 2.28 earned-run average) on the mound in today's opener.

Sophomore Sean Land (1-1, 4.43) and senior Mike Zagurski (3-1, 2.28) will start Saturday's games. Zagurski leads Big 12 Conference pitchers in strikeouts with 39.

Junior Kodiak Quick will hurl in Sunday's finale. Quick, a transfer from Stanford, has started three games and appeared out of the KU bullpen twice to compile a 4-0 record and a 1.11 ERA in 241/3 innings pitched.

The Jayhawks have a team batting average of .295 and have outscored opponents, 143-71. KU pitching has amassed a 2.68 team ERA and is holding opposing hitters to just a .222 batting average.

Mississippi State is ranked 17th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. poll and 19th in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Bulldogs are 3-0.

After bolting to a 6-0 start with a sweep of an extended series against Hawaii-Hilo, the Jayhawks have stayed solid, though they've lost two of their last three games. In an 8-4 loss to Southwest Missouri State on Wednesday, KU committed six errors in a performance Price called "embarassing."

Overall, KU has single losses to SMS and Northern Colorado and suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of Top 25 mainstay Stanford on the road.

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