AWRENCE, Kan.(Texas Tech Press Release) – No. 19 Texas Tech suffered a 4-1 series finale loss at Kansas on Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark as the Jayhawks swept the Red Raiders in a Big 12 series Lawrence for the first time since 2008.
For the first time this season the Red Raiders (36-16, 11-10 Big 12) have dropped three consecutive games while the Jayhawks (30-20, 12-9 Big 12) moved ahead of Tech in the conference standings with their seventh straight victory.
Junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor (5-2) took the loss in his first conference start of the season allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits in 2.2 innings with a strikeout and a walk.
Kansas senior right-handed pitcher Frank Duncan (6-2) went the distance allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts without allowing a walk. It marked Duncan’s fourth complete game of the season.
The Jayhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with three base hits in the first inning. An RBI double by Michael Suiter and a run-scoring grounder to third base by Connor McKay gave KU the early lead.
In fact, Kansas led throughout the entire series as Texas Tech never held a lead during the three-game set.
Tech’s only run of the game cut KU’s lead to a run, 2-1, as sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony doubled down the left-field line scoring freshman right fielder Stephen Smith, who doubled to lead off the inning. Neslony went 1-for-4 while extending his hit streak to 12 games. He has now reached base safely in 24 consecutive games – the longest streak by a Red Raider this season.
Kansas added insurance runs in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI single to center by second baseman Colby Wright, giving the Jayhawks a 4-1 lead.
Smith went 2-for-4 and junior catcher Hunter Redman went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles up the middle.
Texas Tech will play its final midweek and road game of the regular season while concluding a five-game road trip at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.