LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas State used a five-run sixth inning to take a 7-5 lead and never looked back as the 20th-ranked Wildcats topped Texas Tech, 10-6, in the series finale Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the third inning, the Red Raiders looked to be headed towards their first conference sweep since the 2006 season. The Wildcats, on the other hand, took advantage of several Tech walks and hit-batsmen, while getting key situational hits.
Tech starter Louis Head looked strong through three innings as he held K-State scoreless before giving up back-to-back solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Prior to this game, Tech was 12-1 on the season when leading after five innings.
In the sixth inning, reliever Brett Bruening earned his second loss of the season as he managed to surrender four earned runs on two hits while only recording one out.
On the other side of the diamond, Wildcat closer James Allen entered the game with two outs in the third, and Tech failed to manage another run till the bottom of the ninth inning when senior Joey Kenworthy singled to lead off the inning and junior Jeremy Mayo drove him home on a RBI-single. The comeback rally was cut short as Michael Reed lined out to second base to end the game.
Sophomore outfielder Scott LeJeune returned to the lineup after missing last night's series-clenching win, due to an injury in batting practice, to lead the Tech offense going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, marking his 12th multiple game of the season.
Texas Tech will look to bounce back from the loss as they head to Las Vegas, Nev., for a two-game midweek series against University of Nevada-Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. (CT)
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Kansas State 000 115 300 - 10 14 3
Texas Tech 203 000 001 - 6 10 3
WP = James Allen (4-0)
LP = Brett Bruening (2-2)
• Kansas State improves 16-27-1 all-time against Tech. The Red Raiders had previously won five of the last six contests against the Wildcats entering today.
• Senior Taylor Ashby's one hit in the game moved him to sole possession of sixth all-time on the school's career hits chart with 204.
• Scott LeJeune recovered from a slight head injury the day before to go 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs. The sophomore finished the series 6-for-8 overall.
• Louis Head's two runs allowed were his fewest in a start since facing Michigan in his first outing of the season on Feb. 21. Head went a total of 4.2 innings, nearly matching his season-high of five innings.
• Senior Joey Kenworthy extended his season-long hit streak to 10 games, matching his career high in the process. Kenworthy finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored.