Avants, Fouts Lead Texas Tech Past Kansas 9-7|
April 22, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Carey Avants' RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 7-7 tie and Texas Tech went on to defeat Kansas 9-7 in the first game of this Big 12 Conference series at Dan Law Field on Friday evening.
The win gives Texas Tech a 25-13 overall record and the Red Raiders now stand at 7-8 in Big 12 play. Kansas falls to 24-20 overall and to 3-10 in league action.
With the game tied at seven in the bottom of the eighth, Kansas brought ace reliever Don Czyz out of the bullpen to face the top half of Tech's batting order. Senior third baseman Carey Avants came up with a one-out RBI double to left field that proved to be the game winner. The RBI double was his second of the game and he finished the evening 2-for-5 with two RBI. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair put up an insurance run when he hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Avants to score from third.
Kansas jumped out of the gates early as the Jayhawks put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Left fielder A.J. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer in the frame to give him eight on the season.
Tech plated three runs in the second and third innings to tie the score at 3-3 after starter Brian Wyatt settled down and retired the next nine KU batters in order. Senior catcher Cooper Fouts gave Tech its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line that scored Madison Edwards from second.
The Tech lead didn't last long as the Jayhawks plated three more runs in the top of the fifth. Center fielder Matt Baty plated two of the three runs with a two-RBI double to left.
Cooper Fouts led the Tech offense on the evening as he finished with a season-high three hits (3-for-4) and drove in two runs. Junior reliever Carleton Hargrove (2-0) earned the win after tossing three shutout innings while Billy Carnline picked up his first save with a perfect ninth inning. Kansas reliever Don Czyz (3-3) was charged with the loss as he surrendered two earned runs on two hits in the Texas Tech half of the eighth.
Texas Tech and Kansas continue this three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field. Texas Tech will recognize members of its 1995 Southwest Conference Championship team just prior to game time. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and tickets will be available at the Dan Law Field ticket office.