Tech Claims The Series With 7-5 Win Over No. 24 Kansas
April 18, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior right-hander AJ Ramos gave Texas Tech five shutout innings while Scott LeJeune and Taylor Ashby drove in two runs each to lead the Red Raiders to a 7-5 series-clinching win over No. 24 Kansas on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,536 fans at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Tech a 9-8 record in Big 12 play and the Red Raiders (18-23 overall) will go into Sunday's series finale against the Jayhawks with a fifth-place standing in the league. Kansas falls to 7-7 in the Big 12 and to 24-14 overall.
Tech got rolling right from the start as the Red Raiders plated a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Junior center fielder Taylor Ashby delivered in the clutch as he dropped a two-run single into left field with the bases loaded. Ashby's single scored Michael Reed who reached on a one-out single and Chris Richburg who got on board with a two-out walk.
In the third, Richburg pushed the Tech lead to 3-0 as he led off the inning with as solo home run to left-center field. The home run was his 11th of the year and his second of this series.
The Red Raiders put the game out of reach with a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth that built a 7-0 lead. Jeremy Mayo got the inning started with an RBI double off the monster in center field and Reed brought him home with an RBI single. Freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune drove in the final two runs of the frame with an RBI double to right.
The Jayhawks battled back in the latter innings including home runs from Buck Afenir and Preston Land. Afenir's home run was a two-run blast that gave the Jayhawks their first runs of the game in the top of the sixth. Land led off the seventh inning with a solo knock to pull KU within four runs (7-3).
Kansas plated a pair of runs in the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Robby Price but Tech reliever Chad Bettis closed the door in the next at-bat to end the game.
AJ Ramos (4-3) earned the win for the Red Raiders after tossing five shutout innings while scattering four hits, four walks and four strikeouts. T.J. Walz suffered his first loss of the year after giving six runs on eight hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will go for the three-game sweep of the Jayhawks tomorrow afternoon in the series finale. First pitch at Dan Law Field is set for 1 p.m.