LAWRENCE, KS – Kansas jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning and never looked back as the Jayhawks cruised to a 10-2 win over Texas Tech in this Big 12 series opener at Hoglund Ballpark on Friday night.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 22-20 on the season and to 8-8 in the Big 12 while Kansas improves to 25-14-1 and to 6-6-1. Despite tonight's loss Texas Tech remains in third place in the Big 12 standings.
The Jayhawks took control of the game from the outset as Tech starter Brett Bruening was roughed up for six runs in the bottom half of the first on a total of six hits and a walk. Kansas third baseman Tony Thompson and designated hitter Chris Manship led the Jayhawks with a pair of two-RBI singles.
Kansas scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to push its lead to 8-0 before the Red Raiders were able to get on the scoreboard.
Tech plated what turned out to be its only runs of the night in the fifth with a RBI sacrifice fly by Joey Kenworthy and a throwing error by Kansas first baseman Brett Lisher.
Bruening (2-4) was charged with the loss after allowing a season-high eight earned runs on nine hits and four walks. T.J. Walz earned the win for Kansas as he held the Red Raider in check over the span of 7 1/3 innings while allowing just one earned run (two total) on six hits and struckout seven.
Texas Tech will look to even up this three-game series on Saturday evening when the two teams meet for game-two. First pitch at Hoglund Ballpark is set for 6 p.m.
R H E
Texas Tech - 000 020 000 - 2 9 0
Kansas - 610 110 10s - 10 13 3
WP = T.J. Walz (6-3)
LP = Brett Bruening (2-4)
SV = None