Kansas Tops Texas Tech in Series Opener

Kirsch hit seventh home run of the season while Neslony extended hitting streak to 10 games
LAWRENCE, Kan. (Texas Tech Press Release)– No. 19 Texas Tech had its four-game win streak snapped during an 11-3 loss in its Big 12 series opener at Kansas on Friday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (36-14, 11-8 Big 12) allowed a season-high eight walks while Kansas (28-20, 10-9 Big 12) starting pitcher Jordan Piche’ (6-5) posted his second straight complete game striking out seven without a walk and allowing just one earned run in the win.
Tech right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley (1-2) struck out a season-high seven batters while allowing a season-high five walks in five innings of work while giving up six runs in his second straight Big 12 Friday-night start.
Kansas, who was out-hit by the Red Raiders 7-6, had four multiple run innings scoring three runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings and plating two runs in the seventh. The Red Raiders, who dropped to 2-5 in Big 12 series openers, cut the Jayhawks lead to a run in the fourth, 3-2, but were held to just one run the remainder of the game.
Trailing 3-0, Tech scored its first runs of the game in the fourth inning on senior outfielder Adam Kirsch’s seventh home run of the season – a homer that went into the middle of the trees behind the left-field fence, making the score 3-2.
KU tallied six runs over the following two innings while four walks and a hit-by-pitch allowed by Tech all came around to score for the Jayhawks. Overall, eight of KU’s 11 runs reached base via walk or hit-by-pitch.
Sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony doubled in the ninth inning, just one batter after junior second baseman Bryant Burleson tallied his second hit of the game with a single to left field to start the Tech ninth. Burleson then scored on Gutierrez’ RBI groundout to shortstop.
Neslony (2-for-4) posted his 10th double of the season while extending his hit streak to 10 games and reaching base safely for the 22nd straight game – the longest streak by a Red Raider this season.
Texas Tech and Kansas will play game two of a three-game series on Saturday, May 3 with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.
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