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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech scored 12 unanswered runs, including a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning from shortstop Tim Proudfoot, to defeat Kansas 16-5 in an eight-inning run-rule victory on Sunday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (18-22, 5-10 Big 12) snapped a nine-game losing streak with their most runs scored (16) and base hits (18) of the season while five players finished with multi-hit games. Kansas, who won its fourth Big 12 series, dropped to 24-15 overall and to 9-6 in league play with the loss.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp (1-1) earned his first career win pitching five scoreless innings in relief allowing four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Tripp entered in the fourth and pitched the final five frames of the contest.
Kansas relief pitcher Drew Morovick (2-2) took the loss allowing four runs (3 ER) on six hits in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts.
Tech trailed 3-0 after the top of the first inning but answered with four runs in the bottom of the second, sparked by an RBI single from catcher Elliot Richoux and a two-run, two-out single up the middle by center fielder Devon Conley to take a 4-3 lead.
KU regained the lead with two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies in the third, but Tech immediately tied the game at five with a two-out RBI single up the middle from right fielder Todd Ritchie in the bottom of the third.
That was the start of Tech scoring 12 unanswered runs as the Red Raiders had 11 base hits in the final five innings. The Red Raiders had three runs in the fourth, a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh before scoring four in the eighth to end the contest.
Tech finished with 18 base hits – 16 were singles.
In the eighth, Gutierrez reached base with his 14th hit-by-pitch of the season – which ranks fourth in school history – with one out in the inning. Richoux walked and pinch hitter Blake Bass was also hit-by-pitch to load the bases for shortstop Tim Proudfoot.
Proudfoot followed with his third home run of the season and second career grand slam as the Red Raiders ended the game enforcing the 10-run mercy rule.
Tech starting pitcher Corey Taylor took a no decision pitching three innings while allowing five runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk. In addition, third baseman Jake Barrios went 1-for-5 while extending his streak of reaching base safely to 20 consecutive games.
Poteete went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and three RBI. Leadoff hitter and left fielder Brett Bell went 4-for-5 with three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Richoux finished with multiple hits going 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI while Conley went 2-for-5 with three RBI and Ritchie went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Proudfoot went 1-for-4 and tied a career-high with six RBI. He also had six RBI last season when he hit his first career grand slam against Alabama A&M.
Texas Tech returns to action and to its home field on Tuesday, March 23 hosting New Mexico State for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.