LAWRENCE, Kan. (Texas Tech Press Release)– No. 19 Texas Tech fell behind early and could never take the lead while dropping game two of its Big 12 series at Kansas, 6-4, on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark while the Jayhawks claimed their third straight series over the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech (36-15, 11-9 Big 12) out-hit the Jayhawks (29-20, 11-9 Big 12) for the second straight game with 13 hits to just nine hits for KU, but it also marked the second straight victory for the Jayhawks who have now won six consecutive games – its second longest winning streak of the season.
Junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry (4-2) took the loss allowing five runs (all earned) in 3.2 innings with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. KU reliever Drew Morovick (7-2) earned the win pitching 3.2 innings allowing just one run on four hits.
Jayhawks reliever Stephen Villines picked up his sixth save of the season pitching a three-up, three-down ninth inning against Tech’s three, four and five-hole batters.
Trailing 3-0 after two innings, Tech scored two runs in the third to trim the Jayhawks lead to a run, 3-2. Junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot singled to start the second and later scored on junior second baseman Bryant Burleson’s RBI single to right-center field. Catcher Hunter Redman walked and then came around to score on sophomore Tyler Neslony’s RBI fielder’s choice.
Burleson led Tech at the plate going 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Neslony went 1-for-5 while a single in the fifth inning extended his hit streak to 11 games while also reaching base safely in 23 straight games.
KU extended its lead to three runs, 5-2, with two runs in the fourth inning as a two-out rally by the Jayhawks saw four straight batters reach base safely, including a two-run single through the left side by right fielder Dakota Smith that plated Kansas’ fourth and fifth runs of the game.
Tech made the score 5-3 in the fifth on senior Adam Kirsch’s sacrifice fly and then cut Kansas’ lead to a run, 5-4, on Redman’s RBI grounder that scored freshman third baseman Matt Broadbent who lead off the Tech sixth with a double.
But the KU pitching staff allowed only two Red Raiders to reach base – neither of which entered scoring position – during the final three frames of the game.
Tech reliever Dominic Moreno pitched 4.1 innings in relief allowing just one run – unearned – with three hits allowed and two strikeouts with one walk.
Tech and Kansas will complete their three-game conference series on Sunday, May 4 with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.