Friday, February 3, 2006

Kansas baseball wins opener


— Jared Schweitzer and Gus Milner hit solo home runs, and Matt Baty drove in three runs as Kansas University popped Hawaii-Hilo, 11-1, in its season baseball opener late Wednesday night.

Baty, Milner and Schweitzer had three hits apiece to pace the Jayhawks' 14-hit attack. Right-hander Kodiak Quick held the Vulcans to one run on six hits during seven innings on the mound.

Milner led off the second inning with a home run over the left-center-field wall. Sophomore Ryne Price was then hit by a pitch and stole second. Brock Simpson beat out an infield hit, allowing a hustling Price to score from second. Baty drove in Simpson with a single, giving KU a 3-0 lead.

Schweitzer hit his 13th career home run with one out in the fifth inning. Milner followed with a single up the middle and moved to second on an error. Moments later, Ryne Price drove Milner home with a single to right.

Kansas scored four runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the eighth inning. KU added two runs in the ninth.

The teams were to play again late Thursday.

Notes: Freshman catcher Buck Afenir made his first career start and recorded a hit in his first at-bat. ... Afenir threw out his first base-runner on his first attempt in the bottom of the first inning. ... Sophomore Ryne Price, who set a KU record for most times hit by a pitch as a freshman (12), was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the season. ... Juniors Kyle Murphy and Dylan Parzyk, and freshmen Justin Ellrich, Carter Holt, Preston Land, Paul Smyth and Andrew Spitzfaden played in their first KU game.


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