Kansas baseball dominates Omaha as record-breaking Jayhawks program wins No. 2000

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Kansas baseball dominates Omaha as record-breaking Jayhawks program wins No. 2000

Kansas Baseball won its 2,000th game in program history Wednesday against Omaha by a score of 11-3 at Tal Anderson Field. Head coach Ritch Price has led 580 of those 2,000 program wins.

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

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

HOW DID IT HAPPEN
• Omaha (20-22) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Eduardo Rosario hit a three-run homer.
• Kansas scored nine runs in the third inning to take a 9-3 lead. KU sent 15 batters to the plate and scored all nine runs on seven hits.
• With the 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 sacrifice fly to give the Jayhawks a 5-3 lead.
• Payton Allen then hit a two-run single down the middle before Dylan Ditzenberger ended the inning with a two-run double to make it 9-3.
• The Jayhawks added two runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Hammond and English.

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

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

CITABLE
“I think everyone who has coached at KU is really proud of the accomplishment that happened today. Two thousand wins for a program, that’s incredible. When you factor in the weather in Kansas when Coach Temple and the young men in front of him were the coaches when they had no indoor facilities at the time and no grass you must have been tough playing in Kansas at that time I’m just proud of to be associated with it and proud to be part of the program. I would like to commend all the previous coaches and certainly the players because it’s a players game. It’s an incredible achievement. – Head Coach Ritch Price

REMARKS
• Kansas’ nine runs in the third inning were the most in an inning this season.
• Tavian Josenberger extended his scoreless streak to 22 games.
• Upshaw has had at least two hits in six of the last seven games. He has 15 multi-efforts this season.
• Allen had his first career multi-hit match.
• Metcalf went 2 for 4 with one RBI, two runs scored and one walked. He now has 14 multi-hit matches this year.

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

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