April 12, 1997
Baseball Sweeps Kansas
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Big 12 leading Texas Tech baseball team won both games of their double header with Kansas on Saturday. In two seven inning games, the Red Raiders ten run ruled the Jayhawks twice, winning the first game 10-0 and the second by a score of 18-8.
Texas Tech starter Jason Gooding (8-0) allowed only two hits and struck out eleven on his way to a complete game, shutout victory in the first game of the day. Second baseman Keith Ginter ignited the Raiders offensively with leadoff homeruns in the first and third innings.
Having squandered a ten run advantage in the day's second game by allowing Kansas to score six runs in the top of the fourth inning, Texas Tech came to bat up by seven in the bottom of the seventh.
Red Raider first baseman Joe Dillon led off the inning with a solo homerun, and pinch hitter Carter Ayers had a bases loaded single to score two runs and put an end to a cold afternoon in Lubbock.
After having his 21 game hit streak snapped in the first game, Dillon hit two homeruns in the nightcap. The long balls were his 22nd and 23rd, leaving him one shy of the Tech's single season record of 24 homeruns.
Tech starter Shane Wright went the distance for the win to run his season mark to 7-0.
The 4th ranked Red Raiders moved their season mark to 32-4 (14-3 in Big 12 conference play).