LUBBOCK, TX – Texas Tech took advantage of a season-high 19 hits and a seven-run third inning en route to a 13-4 win over Kansas State to claim their first conference series of the 2010 season Friday night in front of 2,505 fans at Dan Law Field.
Junior Bobby Doran earned his first win of the season after holding the Wildcats scoreless through the first three innings, opening the door for the Red Raider offense to blow the game open in third. Doran finished the night only allowing three earned runs in six innings of work, while striking out six K-State batters.
After a leadoff single by freshman Jamodrick McGruder to start the third, the Wildcat pitching staff managed to load the bases as sophomore Kevin Whitehead doubled to left field to plate three runs and start the seven-run inning. Junior Jeremy Mayo smashed a two-run blast to left center field for his fourth home run of the season to extend the lead, 7-0. The seven runs scored in the third is the most scored in an inning for the Red Raiders since Tech's 18-5 win over Michigan on Feb. 21.
The Wildcats plated two runs in the top of the fifth to close the gap, 8-3, but Kansas State would not get any closer as Tech used a four-run seventh inning to cap the victory. Third baseman Nick Popsecu smashed a solo home run to right field for his second blast of the season.
The series win marks the first time since the 2004 and 2005 seasons that the Red Raiders have won back-to-back series over the same conference opponent (Oklahoma State) and the first consecutive series' victories for Texas Tech over K-State since the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
McGruder led the Red Raider offense with a career-high four hits and four runs, including his third home run of the season and team-leading fifth stolen base of the season. Senior Joey Kenworthy extended his team-leading nine-game hit streak as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including his first triple of the season.
Junior Chad Bettis recorded his third save of the season in his first consecutive back-to-back appearances of the season. The closer struck out three Wildcats and only allowed one hit through three innings of work.
Texas Tech (14-15; 4-4) will look to complete the sweep against Kansas State (20-5; 3-2) in Saturday's series-finale matchup at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for noon and the Dan Law Field ticket office will open at 10 a.m.
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Kansas State - 000 120 100 - 4 8 1
Texas Tech - 107 001 40X - 13 19 2
WP = Bobby Doran (1-2)
LP = Ryan Daniel (5-1)
SV = Chad Bettis (3)
• The Red Raiders now stand at 14-15 on the year and 4-4 in Big 12 play.
• Tech improves to 27-15-1 all-time against Kansas State and has now won five of the last six meetings with the Wildcats.
• Taylor Ashby's two hits in the game pulled him to a tie with Matt Kastelic for sixth all-time on the school's career hits chart with 203.
• Bobby Doran claimed his first victory of the season as the junior right-hander went six innings, allowing four runs, three of which were earned, off only seven hits.
• For the second-consecutive night, Chad Bettis came in for the save as the junior earned his third save of the season. Bettis, who had not appeared in consecutive days this season, has thrown 94 pitches this weekend.
• Jamodrick McGruder had a career-high four hits off a home run to leadoff the game and three singles. McGruder and No. 2-hole hitter Joey Kenworthy combines to go 7-for-9 on the night with 4 RBIs and six runs scored.