Schweitzer leads Jayhawks' comeback versus Hawaii
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Kansas senior Jared Schweitzer hit a single, a double, a triple and a homer as the Jayhawks erased a 5-0 deficit to defeat Hawaii 9-6 in the opening game of the NCAA Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Schweitzer's two-run sixth-inning home run put Kansas ahead 7-5 after teammate Buck Afenir's solo homer to start the inning tied the game. Schweitzer's homer -- his 10th of the season -- also completed his cycle, following a triple in the first, a single in the third and a double in the fourth.
Schweitzer nearly added another home run in the eighth when he led off the inning with a deep fly ball that was caught at the warning track in left-center field. He finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Teammate Ritchie Price was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Erik Morrison and Ryne Price also had home runs for the Jayhawks (43-23).
Hawaii's Matt Inouye was 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Rainbows (43-16).
Kansas' Brendan McNamara pitched two innings of shutout relief to pick up the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. Hawaii reliever Matt Daly allowed two runs in two innings, taking his first loss of the season (6-1).
Kansas next plays at 6 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Friday evening's game between host Oregon State and Wright State. Hawaii plays the loser of that game in a loser-out contest at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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