No. 24 Kansas Edges Texas Tech 5-3 To Claim Series|
April 9, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas RHP Kodiak Quick held Texas Tech to three runs on six hits to help pace the 24th-ranked Jayhawks to a series-clinching 5-3 win over the Red Raiders on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,123 fans at Hoglund Ballpark.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 23-13 overall and puts the Red Raiders one game under .500 in Big 12 play as they sit at 5-6 in the conference. Kansas improves to 22-13 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 play.
For the first time all weekend, the Red Raiders jumped out to the first lead of the game as Tech tacked on a single run in the top of the first inning. Senior third baseman Joey Callender led off the game with a single for the second straight day and after moving all the way to third, he scored on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore catcher Matt Smith.
The Jayhawks answered Tech's early run with one of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. KU leadoff hitters Brock Simpson and Ritchie Price notched a pair of singles and Matt Baty moved them into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. First baseman Gus Milner plated the run with a an RBI groundout to shortstop and Tech starter AJ Ramos put an end to the inning when he got Erik Morrison to fly out to center field.
Kansas took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI double by Dylan Parzyk. Parzyk, who came into the game hitting just. 164, laced a double just shy of the foul pole down the left field line and that allowed Preston Land (reached on a walk) to score all the way from first.
After squelching a Texas Tech rally in the top of the fifth, Milner came up big for the Jayhawks in the bottom half of the frame when he belted an RBI triple to the gap in right center field. Preston Land pushed the KU lead to 5-1 when he plated Milner with an RBI single.
Freshman center fielder Drew Evans picked up his first career multiple-hit game when he laced a two-RBI double down the left field line with two outs in the top of the sixth. Evans' double plated Matt Smith who reached on leadoff single and James Leverton who got on via a two-out walk.
AJ Ramos (1-2) took the loss for Texas Tech and fell to 1-2 on the season in what was his first loss since the Tulane game back on Feb. 11. Ramos allowed four runs on five hits and walked four batters of which two turned into KU runs. Kodiak Quick improved to 6-2 on the season by holding Tech to three runs on six hits and struckout six in 5 2/3 innings of work. Don Czyz set a new Kansas single-season record when he recorded his 12th save of the year by pitching the final two innings.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Red Raiders play host to the New Mexico Lobos at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. and tickets are available through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or online at www.texastech.com.