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Monday, February 13, 2006

KU baseball falls in Stanford finale

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— A three-run fourth inning lifted eighth-ranked Stanford to an 8-3 baseball victory Sunday over Kansas University, helping the Cardinal avoid a sweep.

KU won the first two games of the series, 8-2 and 5-4, but Stanford, which hadn't been swept at home in a three-game set since 1997, scored seven runs over the middle innings to win the finale.

Senior outfielder Gus Milner led KU offensively going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a triple and a home run.

Senior Kodiak Quick (1-1) took the loss for the Jayhawks. Quick, who started his college career at Stanford, allowed five runs, three earned, and stuck out three batters in five innings. Freshmen Nick Czyz and Paul Smyth pitched the final three innings for KU.

Milner's RBI single in the first gave KU a 1-0 lead, but Stanford responded with a run in the bottom of the frame.

Milner tripled to score Ritchie Price in the third for a 2-1 Kansas lead, but Stanford scored three in the fourth, a run in the fifth, another un in the seventh and two in the eighth to pull away.

This weekend, KU will play in Southern Cal's Public Storage Classic in Los Angeles. The Jayhawks will face host USC at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Jayhawks also will play No. 18 San Diego on Saturday and Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Notes: Gus Milner finished the series 7-for-13 (.538) with seven RBIs and two home runs. : Last time Stanford was swept in a regular-season three-game series at Sunken Diamond was during the 1997 season against Arizona State from April 11-13 (a span of 62 consecutive series).

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