Red Raiders Drop Game Two, Series at K-State on Satuday|
Tech and K-State will play the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.
April 6, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State scored nine of its 15 runs in the first inning while clinching the Big 12 Conference series with a 15-2 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Red Raiders (17-16, 4-7 Big 12) allowed 15 runs for the first time since 2011 and suffered their worst loss in the all-time series against the Wildcats (22-10, 5-3 Big 12), who have now won 10 of their last 12 games overall.
Tech starting pitcher Jonny Drozd (3-3) took the loss allowing seven runs on four hits and two walks in the first inning while recording just one out before exiting the game.
K-State starting pitcher Matt Wivinis (5-1) pitched six innings in the victory. He scattered six hits, allowed one run (unearned) and struck out four without allowing a walk.
The Wildcats sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning where they scored seven runs before registering their first out. K-State scored nine runs on seven hits in the first inning. It marked the first time Tech has allowed nine runs in the first inning since 2010 (at Dallas Baptist).
The Red Raiders first run scored in the game came on a passed ball in the fifth inning as shortstop Tim Proudfoot crossed home plate after reaching base with a one-out double to left field.
Proudfoot drove in Tech's second run of the game on a groundout to shortstop in the seventh inning, as junior catcher Mason Randolph scored after reaching base with an infield single to lead off the inning.
Eight Red Raiders had a base hit in the game, while no Tech player had more than one hit.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Dalton Brown pitched the final 5.2 innings for the Red Raiders while striking out six with two runs allowed on six hits during his longest career outing.
K-State reliever Hayden Nixon picked up the three-inning save - his first of the season - as he struck out three and allowed just one hit in a scoreless appearance.
Five Wildcats had multi-hit games, including second baseman Ross Kivett (4-for-4) and right fielder Jon Davis (4-for-4, grand slam). In addition, K-State had four home runs in the contest.
Texas Tech and K-State will wrap up its three-game series on Sunday, April 7 with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium. The series finale will be televised on FOX College Sports with Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and former Wildcats head coach Mike Clark (analyst) calling the action.