Red Raiders sweep Jayhawks with ninth inning rally

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech picked up its first Big 12 Conference sweep since 2006 with an 8-7 victory over Kansas with a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.

The sweep is also the first for the Red Raiders (28-29, 9-12 BIG 12) over the Jayhawks (20-24, 9-12) in Lubbock since 2001.

With the Red Raiders holding a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth and two outs, a single to right field and a walk put two Jayhawks on base to start a ninth-inning comeback. The following batter, Tucker Tharp, lifted a 2-1 pitch over the right field wall for a three-run homer, giving Kansas a 7-5 lead.

In the bottom of the 9th with one out, Barrett Barnes reached first base after swinging at strike three, but the wild pitch went to the backstop to start Texas Tech's rally. Stephen Hagen followed with a four-pitch walk, giving Tech runners at first and second with an out.

Nick Popescu then flew out to left field, moving the Jayhawks one out from avoiding the sweep.

Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson scored Barnes with a single to center field, moving Hagen to third base. Bo Altobelli walked on a 3-1 pitch while ball four went wild and allowed Hagen to score to tie the game at 7-7.

Nick Hanslik, who entered the game in the top of the ninth as a defensive replacement in left field, also reached base – to load the bases – with a hit-by-pitch bringing freshman Andre Wheeler to the plate. Wheeler didn't have to take the bat off his shoulder as he took the four-pitch walk to score Tomlinson for the game-winning run.

Redshirt junior Robbie Kilcrease (4-2) pitched the ninth inning to earn the win while Kansas reliever Colton Murray (2-2) suffered the loss allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Tomlinson (2-for-5) and freshman David Paiz (2-for-4) each had multi-hit games while catcher Kevin Whitehead also finished with multiple hits (2-for-4) and hit his second homer of the season in the fourth inning.

Kansas third baseman Jordan Dreiling led all players going 4-for-4 with three RBI.

The Red Raiders will return home Tuesday, May 3, to complete their six-game homestand hosting Dallas Baptist for the final home midweek game of the season with a 5 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field.

Source: Texas Tech Athletics

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