Kansas Baseball Tops Omaha as Jayhawks Record Program Win Number 2,000

Kansas Baseball Tops Omaha as Jayhawks Record Program Win Number 2,000

Kansas Baseball won its 2,000th game in program history Wednesday, beating Omaha 11-3 at Tal Anderson Field. Head Coach Ritch Price has been at the helm for 580 of those 2,000 program wins.

RECORD pitchers
Victory: Stone Hewlett (2-1)
End line: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO

Loss: Parker Weddle (0-1)
End line: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 SO

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Omaha (20-22) took a 3-0 lead early in the first inning when Eduardo Rosario hit a three-run homer.
• Kansas put up nine runs in the third inning to take a comfortable 9-3 lead. KU sent 15 hitters to the plate and scored the nine runs and seven hits.
• With bases loaded and no outs, Caleb Upshaw and Nolan Metcalf each delivered RBI singles to close the gap to 3-2.
• Jack Hammond and Ryan Callahan would then have their own RBI singles before Jake English hit a sacrificial fly and gave the Jayhawks a 5-3 lead.
• Payton Allen then hit a two-run single down the middle before Dylan Ditzenberger closed the inning with a two-run double for a 9-3.
• The Jayhawks added two runs on RBI singles by Hammond and English in the fourth inning.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Caleb Upshaw: After being named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, Upshaw went 2-on-4 with an RBI, a run score and a walk.

NUMBER OF GAME
2000: In Kansas’ 132nd baseball season, the Jayhawks won their 2,000. Game. The program’s first season was 1880, but KU did not field a team for several years.

QUOTABLE
“I think everyone who has ever coached at KU is really proud of the achievement that was achieved today. Two thousand wins for one program is incredible. If you factor in the weather in Kansas, when Coach Temple and the young men before him were the coaches, when they didn’t have indoor facilities and no turf back then, you had to be tough to play in Kansas those days. I’m just proud to be involved and proud to be part of the program. I want to compliment all the previous coaches and of course the players because this is a player game. It’s an amazing achievement.” – Head Coach Ritch Price

REMARKS
• Kansas’ nine runs scored in the third inning were the most in an inning this season.
• Tavian Josenberger extended his on-base streak to 22 games.
• Upshaw have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games. He has 15 multi-hit attempts this season.
• Allen had his first multi-hit game of his career.
• Metcalf finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk. He now has 14 multi-hit games this year.

NEXT
Kansas (19-27) will travel to Manhattan for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State on Friday at 6pm CT. All three games will be broadcast on Big 12 NOW on ESPN+ and live audio will be available on the Jayhawk Sports Network.

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