LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech dropped its Big 12 series opener 2-1 against Kansas State on Thursday evening at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.
Texas Tech (24-16, 6-10 BIG 12) was held without a run until the eighth inning while Kansas State (22-15, 6-10 BIG 12) notched its runs in the second and third inning to take the series opener.
Freshman David Paiz (3-3) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk allowed. Wildcats starter Shane Conlon (2-0) won his first start of the season pitching 6.2 innings allowing four hits with five strikeouts.
Dan Klein hit a sacrifice fly to score Jared King, who led off the second with a double to left, to score the game's first run. The following inning the Wildcats struck again, this time with a leadoff single and then with an RBI triple to right-center field.
The Red Raider bats were silent from the start as they tallied their first base hit with a single up the middle by Kelby Tomlinson to lead off the fifth inning. The Red Raiders finished the game with six hits compared to K-State's eight hits.
Texas Tech scored its only run of the game in the eighth inning when Barrett Barnes scored Jamodrick McGruder with an RBI single to right field.
The run was unearned, as K-State shortstop Tanner Witt dropped a high pop fly in the infield off the bat of Kevin Whitehead with two outs the previous at-bat, which extended the inning and allowed McGruder to reach third base.
The Red Raiders, trailing by a run, went down in order in the ninth inning as Wildcats closer James Allen recorded his 11th save of the season with two fly-ball outs and a swinging strikeout by Paiz to end the game.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will continue their three-game series on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium.