Red Raiders Collapse Again, Fall To Kansas State 7-3
April 1, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second straight day, the Red Raiders collapsed in the eighth inning but this time it cost them a key Big 12 series against Kansas State.
The Wildcats (20-8; 3-3 Big 12) erased a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the eighth for the second straight day with five runs and held on for a 7-3 win over Texas Tech (20-11; 4-5) on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
Junior left fielder Geoff Byrns gave the Red Raiders an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when he crushed a solo home run to the trees in right field. The home run was just his second of the season and his first since the season opener against Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 3.
In the bottom of the third, Kansas State catcher Rob Vaughn evened things up with a solo home run off Tech starter Josh Scofield. The home run was his second of the season and just the ninth by the entire KSU offense.
Kansas State took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Rob Vaughn notched his second RBI of the game on a deep sacrifice fly to center. The sacrifice scored Nate Tenbrink who drew a leadoff walk to start the inning.
Taylor Ashby's third double of the game in the top of the eighth helped key a two-out Texas Tech rally. Doug Thennis followed up Ashby's double to right with a double of his own to the gap in right-center to give the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead.
For the second straight day things fell apart for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the eighth inning. Tech center fielder Doug Thennis lost a routine ball to center field in the sun and that turned into a leadoff double by Vaughn. Tech then went to its bullpen for Aaron Odom and he gave up the tying run on a base hit by Justin Bloxom. It only got worse from there for the Red Raiders as Tech gave up four more runs and the Wildcats grabbed a 7-3 lead.
Aaron Odom (3-4) suffered the loss in relief for Texas Tech as he gave up two runs in the eighth and never recorded an out. Trevor Hurley secured the win for Kansas State by tossing 3 2/3 innings of relief allowing two runs on five hits and struckout two.
Texas Tech returns to action on Thursday night when they open up a three-game series against No. 14 Texas A&M.
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