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April 19, 1997

Texas Tech Defeats Kansas State, 6-1

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas Tech erupted for five runs in the final two innings, snapping a 1-1 tie and lifting the top-ranked Red Raiders past Kansas State, 6-1, in Big 12 action this afternoon at Frank Myers Field.

It's the seventh straight loss for K-State, marking its longest losing streak of the season.

Joe Dillon providedthe crushing blow for Texas Tech, drilling a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth off K-State starter and loser Eric Yanz.

The blast made a winner out of Red Raiders' starter Shane Wright, who went the distance, giving up a run on five hits for his eighth win of the season.

K-State senior Jason Bichelmeyer had two hits and senior Scott Poepard drove in the only run for the 'Cats.

Yanz (4-2) cruised through the first seven innings, limiting Texas Tech to a run on three hits while striking out seven. However, the senior right-hander faltered in the eighth, as he allowed two walks and an errant pickoff attempt put runners on first and third.

Dillon followed with his 25th home run of the season, a mark which leads both the Big 12 and the nation.

Yanz finished the game with nine strikeouts, moving him into second place on the KSU all-time list.

The two teams will close out their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Frank Myers Field, with Monty Ward (6-2, 3.34) throwing for the Red Raiders against K-State's Brandon Peck (1-0, 6.39).

Texas Tech 6, Kansas State 1

Texas Tech     010 000 032 - 6 7 0
Kansas State   100 000 000 - 1 5 3

W: Shane Wright. L: Yans.

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