April 1, 2010
Final Stats |
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech closer Chad Bettis pitched three shutout innings while striking out six Kansas State batters to lead the Red Raiders to an 8-5 victory over the 20th-ranked Wildcats Thursday night at Dan Law Field.
Outfielder Scott LeJeune paced the Tech offense as he went a season-high 4-for-4 from the plate with one RBI on the night, while fellow centerfielder Taylor Ashby collected three hits in the win, marking his first multiple-hit game since March 10 against Gonzaga.
Starting pitcher John Neely came out strong as he held the Wildcats scoreless for the first two innings as Kansas State failed to place a hit on the freshman pitcher.
In the second inning, Texas Tech jumped out to a four-run lead on hits by Scott LeJeune, Nick Popescu, Bonham Hough and Jamodrick McGruder.
With the Red Raiders up 6-2 the top of the fourth, Kansas State tried to rally with three-run inning after a Kent Urban double and Nic Martini single to close the gap 6-5. However, the Wildcats never got any closer as the Red Raider bullpen of Jay Johnson and Chad Bettis held K-State scoreless over the next five innings, capped by Bettis closing out the game striking out the side in the top of the ninth inning.
Junior Jay Johnson (2-3) earns his second win of the season after only allowing one hit and no runs in two innings of relief, marking his first outing in the his last five appearances where Johnson has not allowed a run. Bettis earns his second save of the season after his shutout performance in the win.
Wildcat Evan Marshall (2-1) was credited with his first loss of the season as Tech delivered K-State its first loss in conference play. The Wildcats now sits at 20-4 on the year and 3-1 in conference play. The Red Raiders improve to 13-15 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play.
Texas Tech will look to claim the series with the Wildcats on Friday evening when the two teams meet for game two at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and the Dan Law Field ticket office will open at 4:30 p.m.