Red Raiders Fall To Kansas State, 16-5|
April 14, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kansas State scored nine runs in the top of the second inning including seven unearned runs and went on to defeat Texas Tech 16-5 on Friday evening in front of 3,427 fans at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 25-14 overall and to 6-7 in Big 12 play while Kansas State improves to 23-9 and 3-8 in the league.
Tech's lead didn't last past the second inning as the Wildcats plated nine runs in the top of the second inning to take a 9-3 lead. Seven of KSU's runs in the frame were unearned due to what turned out to be a key defensive error by Tech shortstop Kyle Martin. KSU right fielder Joe Roundy delivered the big hit of the inning when he belted a grand slam into the left field bullpen that gave the Wildcats a six-run lead. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, the most devastating blow came on a play at the plate when catcher Matt Smith was injured on a sliding play by Eli Rumler. Smith took a shot to his left knee and will most likely miss the remainder of the season.
The Wildcats took a 12-3 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth before Tech finally broke a scoreless stretch with single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Colt Hynes (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up a season-high nine runs (seven unearned) on six hits over 1 2/3 innings. Adam Cowart (5-3) pitched seven innings allowing four runs on four hits and struckout three to earn his fifth win of the year.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will meet in the rubber match of this three-game series on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.