Tech Drops Heartbreaker on Walk-Off in K-State Series Opener
Barrios made several highlight plays at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI
April 5, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas Tech's 5-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning was erased by Kansas State's back-to-back two-out run-scoring singles as the Wildcats took the series opening 6-5 victory on Friday night in front of the fourth largest crowd in school history, 3,866 fans, at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Red Raiders fall to 17-15 overall and to 4-6 in Big 12 play while the Wildcats improve to 21-10 overall and to 4-3 in conference competition.
Tech took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning on Devon Conley's RBI infield single before K-State plated its fourth run in the eighth inning as the Red Raiders held a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
With one out and right-handed reliever Jerad McCrummen on the mound for Tech, K-State had a single through the right side and a hit-by-pitch to bring the winning run to the plate as Tech brought in freshman right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp.
Tripp got K-State third baseman R.J. Santigate to fly out to Brett Bell in left field for the second out of the inning before a single to right field tied the game and brought the go-ahead run to third base. The next batter, shortstop Aaron Fisher, singled through the right side to score the game-winning run while giving the Wildcats their first come-from-behind win this season when trailing after seven innings.
McCrummen (1-4) took the loss allowing three runs on two hits with two strikeouts in his team-leading 16th relief outing of the season. K-State reliever Jake Matthys improved to 4-0 while recording one out and issuing one walk.
Tech finished with 10 base hits in the game, paced by junior third baseman Jake Barrios (2-for-4, run, double, RBI), freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 walks), junior center fielder Devon Conley (2-for-5, RBI, stolen base) and sophomore left fielder Brett Bell (1-for-3, run, RBI, 2 stolen bases).
K-State was led offensively by Fisher who went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI.
Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno took a no decision pitching 5.1 innings with three runs allowed on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks. K-State starting pitcher Joe Flattery also took a no decision pitching 4.2 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Both teams will be back in action during game two of the three-game series on Saturday, April 6 with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium. The middle game of the series will be televised on FOX College Sports with Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and former Wildcats head coach Mike Clark (analyst) calling the action.
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