Red Raiders Drop Kansas State In Series Opener, 11-7
April 15, 2005
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior third baseman Joey Callender went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Brian Wyatt pitched seven solid innings to lead Texas Tech to an 11-7 win over Kansas State on Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
The win boosts Tech's overall record to 24-11 and the Red Raiders now stand in fifth place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-6 mark in league play. Kansas State drops to 15-17 overall and 2-11 in the Big 12.
Texas Tech wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard as the Red Raiders plated two runs in the top of the first inning. Senior center fielder Cody Fuller reached on a leadoff error and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Carey Avants. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair plated the first run of the game with an RBI double that went sailing down the left field line. First baseman Trey Stewart plated Tech's final run of the frame on an RBI single up the middle that plated Blair from second.
Third baseman Joey Callender pushed the Tech lead to 3-0 in the top of the third when he laced an RBI double to the gap in left-center field. Callender's double scored designated hitter Brian Capps from first after he reached on a two-out walk.
Kansas State wiped the slate clean in the bottom of the third with a three-run homer by first baseman Jared Goedert. The Wildcats got a leadoff single from Terry Blunt and then Brandon Farr set up Goedert's three-run dinger with a double to left.
Texas Tech put up five runs in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-3 lead. The Raiders got the bases loaded with no outs and got a couple of clutch hits from Brian Capps and Joey Callender. Callender notched his second hit of the game when he drove a two-RBI single through the left side. Outfielders Chris Williams and Madison Edwards plated the final two runs of the inning with back-to-back RBI groundouts.
Kansas State's fourth fielding error of the game in the top of the sixth gave the Red Raiders a 9-4 lead. Carey Avants scored from second on a wild throw by relief pitcher Seth Lackow who was trying to throw out a runner at second base.
Texas Tech put the game out of reach with two runs in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Raiders an 11-4 lead. Carey Avants and Patrick Smart both hit RBI singles with two outs in the inning to account for the Tech scoring. Smart replaced Trey Stewart at first base in the fifth after Stewart left the game due to a hamstring injury in his left leg.
Tech replaced starter Brian Wyatt in the eighth and brought in reliever Michael McGowan who made just his second appearance of the season. McGowan gave up three earned runs with two outs in the inning and that allowed the Wildcats to pull within four at 11-7. Junior right-hander Zach Butler came in and ended the inning when he induced Jared Goedert into a groundout.
Brian Wyatt earned the win for Texas Tech and improved to 4-3 after scattering four runs on 11 hits while striking out five over seven innings. Zach Butler pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to register his first save of the season. Chase Mitchell (3-5) took the loss for Kansas State after giving up four earned runs on nine hits over four innings.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will continue this three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
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