Tech Drops Series Opener To No. 24 Kansas|
April 7, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas center fielder Matt Baty went 4-for-4 and left fielder John Allman added three RBI to lead the 24th-ranked Jayhawks to a 5-3 win over Texas Tech in this Big 12 series opener here at Hoglund Ballpark on Friday evening.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 22-12 and ends the Red Raiders' two-game Big 12 win streak as they fall to 4-5 in league play. Kansas improved to 21-12 overall and to 5-5 in conference play.
After retiring the Red Raiders in order in the top of the first, the Kansas offense went to work in the bottom half of the frame on the bats of shortstop Ritchie Price and center fielder Matt Baty. Price reached on a one-out single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by Tech starter Miles Morgan. Baty, who played his first game on Wednesday night against Wichita State after missing 18 games due to injury, plated Price with an RBI double to right field to give the Jayhawks the early 1-0 lead.
The Red Raiders took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning after loading the bases on a leadoff single by shortstop Kyle Martin and a pair of back-to-back bunt singles by Jason Seefeld and Willie Rueda. Joey Callender and Roger Kieschnick plated both of the runs in the frame with RBI groundouts to second base.
Back-to-back walks by Morgan in the bottom of the fourth set up a two-RBI double by KU left fielder John Allman that regained the lead for the Jayhawks 3-2. Morgan's walks were the first he had issued since the Saturday loss at Texas A&M.
Kyle Martin got the Tech offense rolling again in the top of the fifth when he led off the top of the fifth with his second hit of the game. Martin moved to second and bunt sacrifice by Jason Seefeld and then scored on an RBI double by Joey Callender.
A pair of misplayed balls to lead off the Kansas half of the sixth led to the Jayhawks taking 5-3 lead. Roger Kieschnick lost his footing on a routine fly ball by Matt Baty that turned in to his second double of the game. In the next at-bat cleanup hitter Gus Milner popped up but Morgan couldn't make the catch and that resulted in Tech's second error of the game and gave the Jayhawks runners at first and second with no outs. Erik Morrison plated the first run with a single to center and Allman followed with an RBI single up the middle to push the lead to two runs.
Tech loaded the bases with three singles in the top of the eighth with one out but Kansas brought in ace reliever Don Czyz who ended the threat by recording the final two outs.
Miles Morgan suffered the loss for Texas Tech after surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits over six innings of work. Paul Smyth (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Kansas after pitching 2 2/3 shutout innings allowing three hits and struckout three. Don Czyz picked up his 11th save of the season which ties the Kansas record for most saves in a single season.
Texas Tech will try and even this series at one game each on Saturday evening when the two teams meet again at 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.