Red Raiders Drop Pitchers Duel 2-1 in Opener at Kansas State
April 21, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas Tech dropped its Big 12 series opener 2-1 against Kansas State on Thursday evening at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.
Texas Tech (24-16, 6-10 BIG 12) was held without a run until the eighth inning while Kansas State (22-15, 6-10 BIG 12) notched its runs in the second and third inning to take the series opener.
Freshman David Paiz (3-3) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk allowed. Wildcats starter Shane Conlon (2-0) won his first start of the season pitching 6.2 innings allowing four hits with five strikeouts.
Dan Klein hit a sacrifice fly to score Jared King, who led off the second with a double to left, to score the game's first run. The following inning the Wildcats struck again, this time with a leadoff single and then with an RBI triple to right-center field.
The Red Raider bats were silent from the start as they tallied their first base hit with a single up the middle by Kelby Tomlinson to lead off the fifth inning. The Red Raiders finished the game with six hits compared to K-State's eight hits.
The run was unearned, as K-State shortstop Tanner Witt dropped a high pop fly in the infield off the bat of Kevin Whitehead with two outs the previous at-bat, which extended the inning and allowed McGruder to reach third base.
The Red Raiders, trailing by a run, went down in order in the ninth inning as Wildcats closer James Allen recorded his 11th save of the season with two fly-ball outs and a swinging strikeout by Paiz to end the game.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will continue their three-game series on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium.