By: Scott Lacefield - Associate Director/Athletics Communications
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – No. 30 Texas Tech used 14 base hits and 4.2 solid relief innings from senior Jonny Drozd en route to an 11-7 win on Sunday to complete a Big 12 series sweep over Kansas State with 2,145 fans in attendance at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (28-11, 8-7 Big 12) earned its first Big 12 series sweep since 2011 (vs. Kansas) and swept the Wildcats (20-16, 2-7 Big 12) for the first time since 2004 – a series also played in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a big lead scoring six runs in the first inning on five base hits, including an RBI double from sophomore Tyler Neslony, a two-run double by freshman Ryan Long and an RBI single from junior Tim Proudfoot.
K-State, however, outscored Tech 6-1 over the following four frames to cut the Red Raiders lead to a run, 7-6. Tech then scored two runs on junior Bryant Burleson’s two-out, two-run double taking a 9-7 lead they would not relinquish.
Burleson led the Red Raiders going 4-for-5 with two runs, three doubles and three RBI. He is the first Red Raider with three doubles in a game since 2010 (Jeremy Mayo, at Kansas).
Drozd (4-0) entered in the fifth inning and closed out the Wildcats with 4.2 innings of work from the bullpen without allowing an earned run. The only run allowed by Drozd was unearned while the Red Raiders overcame a season-high four errors. Drozd allowed two base hits and struck out three with two walks.
K-State starting pitcher Nate Griep (3-2) took the loss allowing seven runs on eight hits in three innings allowing two walks.
Joining Burleson with a multi-hit game were Stephen Smith (2-for-4, 2 runs), Eric Gutierrez (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Jake Barrios (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Proudfoot (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI).
Tech hit seven doubles in the game, its most since 2012 and its most in a Big 12 game since 2010.
Tech freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek made his first career Big 12 start while exiting with a no decision going four-plus innings allowing four runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Red Raiders will continue their eight-game homestand on Tuesday, Apr. 15 hosting Dallas Baptist for a 2 p.m. midweek contest at Rip Griffin Park.
- Texas Tech improved to 28-11 overall… marks its best record through 39 games since 1999 (31-8).
- Texas Tech improved to 8-7 in Big 12 play… marks its best record through 15 conference games since 2010 (8-7).
- Texas Tech earned its first Big 12 series sweep since 2011 (vs. Kansas).
- Texas Tech swept Kansas State for the first time since 2004 (also in Lubbock).
- The Red Raiders had seven doubles in the game – a season-high – and its most in a Big 12 game since 2010 (at Kansas – 12).
- Senior LHP Jonny Drozd improved to 4-0 on the season.
- Junior 2B Bryant Burleson had a career-high three doubles… most by a Red Raider in a game since 2010 (Jeremy Mayo – at Kansas).
- Burleson matched a career-high with four base hits (at FIU, 2013).
- Sophomore 1B Eric Gutierrez extended his hit streak to 13 games going 2-for-3 with two RBI.