Red Raiders Sweep Kansas State With 8-2 Sunday Win|
April 18, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior right-hander Corey Gerstner picked up his third win of the season in five innings of relief work to help lead Texas Tech to an 8-3 win and series sweep of the Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes the Tech win streak to six games (ties season high) and the Red Raiders now stand at 24-12 overall and are 6-5 in Big 12 play. Kansas State falls to 21-16 overall and 2-10 in league play as they have now lost 10-straight Big 12 games.
Kansas State took its first lead of the series in the top of the third inning as the Wildcats loaded the bases on three singles off of reliever Corey Gerstner. The Wildcat run came without an RBI as Josh Dent grounded into a double play allowing Terry Blunt to score from third.
Texas Tech regained the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth as Tech plated three runs on four hits. Senior third baseman Josh Haney laced an RBI single to left and that allowed Michael Mask to score from second after leading off the inning with a single to right. Junior right fielder Madison Edwards gave Tech the lead with an infield RBI single allowing Haney to score from third. Junior center fielder Cody Fuller followed Edwards with an RBI single through the left side, pushing the Tech lead to two runs.
The Red Raiders tacked on five more runs on 11 hits in the next three innings to take an 8-2 lead.
Kansas State's final run of the game came in the top of the sixth when Nick Ponomarenko doubled down the left field line allowing Jo Heinrich to score from third.
Corey Gerstner (3-0) picked up the win for the third Sunday in a row as he allowed seven hits and two earned runs in five innings of relief. Jim Ripley shouldered the loss for Kansas State as he allowed three earned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Cody Fuller and Josh Haney each finished with two hits and two RBI on the afternoon to lead the Texas Tech offense. The Red Raiders finished the game with 12 hits and one error and the error was Tech's first in six Big 12 Conference games.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday night as the Red Raiders will host Abilene Christian at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.