Tech Unable To Complete Sweep Of Kansas State|
May 10, 2009
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas Tech rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run at the plate but couldn't come through as No. 10 Kansas State held on for a 9-5 win over the Red Raiders in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. Texas Tech clinched the series yesterday with a 12-6 win over the Wildcats.
The loss dropped Texas Tech to 23-28 on the year and to 11-13 in Big 12 play. Kansas State improves to 38-13-1 and to 13-9-1 in league play.
Kansas State took its first lead of this three-game series in the bottom half of the first as the Wildcats struck for one run to take a 1-0 advantage. A leadoff single by Adam Muenster paid off as Justin Bloxom delivered a two-out RBI double off the wall in right field to stake KSU to the early lead.
The Wildcat lead grew to 2-0 in the bottom of the second as Drew Biery and Rob Vaughn orchestrated a perfect suicide squeeze. Biery led off the inning with a double and then Vaughn brought him home with a perfect bunt after Biery broke for home as soon as the ball left the hand of Louis Head.
Kansas State broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run outburst that gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead. The Wildcats loaded the bases off reliever Cory Large who started the inning in replacement of head. Back-to-back sacrifice fly scored the first two runs and an RBI double by Biery gave the Wildcats the five-run cushion.
Senior first baseman Chris Richburg broke Kansas State's shutout hopes in the top of the seventh with a one-out solo home run that cleared the fence in center field. The home run made the score 5-1 and was his 12th home run of the season.
Kansas State score two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to extend its lead to 9-1.
The Red Raiders rallied for four runs in the ninth thanks to an RBI double by Michael Reed and a three-run home run by Chris Richburg that pulled Tech within four. Senior second baseman Willie Rueda came to the plate as the tying run with the bases loaded but KSU reliever Evan Marshall got him to fly out to center to end the game.
Head took the loss for the Red Raiders and fell to 1-3 after allowing two runs over four innings of work. Vogel improve to 4-0 with the win for Kansas State.
Texas Tech returns to action on Friday, May 15 as the Red Raiders take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the final series of the 2009 regular season. Tech was scheduled to face Mississippi Valley State in a midweek series but that two-game set has been canceled. First pitch on Friday against the Cowboys is set for 6:30 p.m.