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.
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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
- Texas Tech now stands at 22-20 on the season and at 8-8 in Big 12 Conference play.
- Tonight's loss to Kansas snaps Texas Tech's four-game win streak.
- Tonight's game against the Jayhawks marked the 42nd meeting between the two schools. Tech leads the all-time series 26-16.
- Tonight's loss at Hoglund Ballpark was Tech's fifth straight dating back to the 2006 season. Tech's last win here was an 8-6 decision on April 8, 2006.
- Texas Tech played error free tonight for the fifth consecutive game.
- Texas Tech's four doubles on the night gives the Red Raiders 113 on the season. When the NCAA stats were posted on Monday, Tech was tied for third nationally with Pittsburg at 104.
- Tonight's 10-2 loss to Kansas gives Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer a career record of 47-52 and a 20-23 career total in Big 12 play.
- Senior center fielder Taylor Ashby belted his 43rd career double in the fifth inning and is now in sole possession of fifth place on the school's career doubles list.
- Freshman RHP Brandon Petite logged four innings of relief work which set a new season high. He previously worked a long of 2 1/3 relief innings against Jacksonville State back on Feb. 21.
- Sophomore Scott LeJeune hit his 23rd double of the season with one out in the eighth inning. His 23 doubles lead the Big 12 and he is just six away from tying the school record for most in a single season.