Red Raiders Fall to Jayhawks, 5-2, in Game Two of Series
March 31, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Texas Tech had its six-game win streak against Kansas snapped on Saturday with a 5-2 loss against the Jayhawks at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (16-12, 2-6 Big 12) allowed two unearned runs in the second and two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth as the Jayhawks (11-15, 1-4 Big 12) capitalized with eight of their nine hits during those three innings.
Texas Tech starting pitcher John Neely (2-3) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings while allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Kansas starting pitcher Wes Benjamin (2-2) struck out a career-high eight batters while pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits with three walks.
Tech took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Altobelli and right fielder Jordan Lopez executed a double steal, which saw Altobelli swiping home plate. It was the third time this season a Red Raider has stolen home.
A two-out error in the bottom of the second gave Kansas a 2-1 lead as KU left fielder Tucker Tharp knocked in two runs with a two-out single following the error.
The Jayhawks jumped to a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning when an RBI groundout and wild pitch plated two runs for Kansas.
Altobelli drove in Tech's second run with his second double of the game in the top of the fifth inning, cutting Kansas' lead to 4-2. KU answered with another insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double from Chris Manship to score the game's final run.
Texas Tech reliever Shane Broyles entered in the fifth and pitched the game's final 3.1 innings while allowing just one base hit with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Red Raiders will look to win their first conference series of the season on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence.