MANHATTAN, Kansas (KCBD) - Texas Tech suffered its second Big 12 Conference series sweep of the season with a 4-1 loss against Kansas State on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
The loss also marked the first ever sweep for the Wildcats (24-15, 8-10 BIG 12) over the Red Raiders (24-18, 6-12 BIG 12).
Kansas State starting pitcher Matt Applegate (4-2) struck out 13 Red Raider batters on his way to his fourth win of the season. Texas Tech starter Brennan Stewart (2-1) took the loss while going two innings allowing four runs and five hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Texas Tech was led offensively by Andre Wheeler (2-for-3), Kevin Whitehead (2-for-3) and by Bo Altobelli (1-for-4) who drove in the only run for Texas Tech.
Kansas State plated a run in the first inning on an RBI single before the Red Raiders evened the score in the top of the third on Altobelli's RBI single just inside the third-base bag. Whitehead scored the run after he slapped a single into left field to start the third inning.
The Wildcats knocked Stewart out of the game in the third inning while scoring three runs, two of which were earned. A double and two singles started the inning, as Tech would bring in reliever John Neely.
Neely worked his way out of the third and went on to pitch five scoreless innings out of the Tech bullpen while scattering five hits and striking out three with one walk.
Ben Flora and Jerad McCrummen combined struck out the side in relief of Neely in the eighth inning, but it was too late as Tech managed only one base hit after the sixth inning.
Kansas State reliever James Allen notched his third save in the series and 13th of the season, which set a new K-State single-season record.
Saturday completed Texas Tech's nine-game road trip as they will return home to Dan Law Field for the first time in over two weeks on Tuesday as they will open a six-game homestand. Tech will welcome New Mexico for a midweek two-game series at Dan Law Field beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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