April 25, 2010
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Texas Tech tied the school and Big 12 Conference record with 12 doubles and junior right-hander Chad Bettis set the school's career saves record as the Red Raiders clinched a three-game series over Kansas with a 21-10 victory on Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
The win gives Tech (24-20) its fourth consecutive Big 12 series win and the Red Raiders maintain their hold on third place in the conference standings with a record of 10-8. Kansas falls to 25-16-1 overall and to 6-8-1 in the league.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early lead as freshman second baseman Jamodrick McGruder led off the game with a walk and after a steal and a groundout, he was able to score on a wild pitch.
Texas Tech fell one double shy of tying an NCAA record for the most in a single inning as the Red Raiders belted seven in the top of the second inning. Tech's seven doubles led to seven runs and an 8-0 lead. Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune led off the inning with a double and then came back around and drove in two more runs with a single to left that capped the final two runs of the frame. LeJeune, Jeremy Mayo, Nick Popescu, and Bonham Hough led off the frame with four consecutive doubles before McGruder and Michael Reed got in on the doubles action later in the frame. Mayo led all Tech hitters with two doubles in the frame.
A leadoff walk by Hough in the third got Tech started again as the Red Raiders ended up scoring two more runs to take a 10-1 lead. Hough wound up scoring on a sacrifice fly by McGruder and then freshman first baseman Barrett Barnes finally got his first hit of the series with a two-out RBI single.
Reed's three-run home run in the top of the fifth capped a four-run inning for the Red Raiders as they pushed their lead to 14-2. Kenworthy and Barnes set up the three-run blast for Reed as Kenworthy reached on a two-out double and Barnes a walk. The home run was just his second of the season.
Trailing 14-2, Kansas took advantage of four Tech walks in the bottom of the sixth and used a grand slam home run from Brandon Macias to cut the lead to six runs. The six-run inning by the Jayhawks got rolling by Tech starter Jay Johnson as he walked the bases loaded to start the inning and was eventually replaced by Colt Farrar. Farrar gave up a single and then the grand slam before retiring Robby Price on a strikeout to end the inning.
Mayo gave Tech one of those runs back in the top half of the seventh when he dropped an RBI single into left field that scored Joey Kenworthy from second. Kenworthy led off the inning with a double which was Tech's 11th of the game and the run gave the Red Raiders a 15-8 lead.
Kansas plated two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Tech lead to 15-7. The Red Raiders were forced to bring in Chad Bettis, who logged 3 2/3 innings of relief earlier this morning, to get Tech out of bases loaded jam with no outs. Bettis struckout the first batters two he faced and got a fly ball to center to end the inning.
Tech answered the Kansas rally with one of its own in the top of the eighth as the Red Raiders scored three runs to take an eight-run lead (18-10). Barnes drove in one of Tech's runs in the inning with a double down the left field line and that marked the 12th double of the game for the Red Raiders which tied both the school and Big 12 record.
Jay Johnson earned the win for the Red Raiders after logging 5 2/3 innings pitched in his third consecutive start. Chad Bettis earned the save after going the final three innings and now has eight on the year.
Texas Tech will conclude its four-game road swing on Tuesday afternoon when the Red Raiders travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face the New Mexico Lobos. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. (CT) at Isotopes Park.