Tech Falls to No. 15 K-State in Opener at Big 12 Championship
Masek retired 11 of the final 13 batters from the fifth to eighth inning
May 23, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Trey Masek threw his third complete game of the season and freshman Eric Gutierrez homered for the fourth consecutive game, but it wasn't enough as No. 15 Kansas State defeated Texas Tech 4-3 on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The eighth-seeded Red Raiders (25-29) grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Gutierrez' team-leading seventh home run of the season, but Big 12 regular season champion and first-seeded K-State (40-16) answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the tournament opener.
Masek (5-2) struck out six in eight innings allowing four runs on six hits with three walks allowed in just his second loss this season. Masek has now thrown at least six innings in 10-of-11 starts this season and tossed at least eight innings in six starts during his junior campaign.
K-State starter Blake McFadden (6-2) went 5.1 innings with three strikeouts while scattering five hits and three runs and allowing one walk.
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year Jake Matthys came in to close pitching the final two frames for his seventh save of the season while striking out four and retiring six straight batters.
An RBI groundout in the second inning by the Wildcats broke the scoreless tie. The Red Raiders took their first and only lead of the game in the fourth inning on Gutierrez' two-run shot that went off the left-field foul pole.
Gutierrez becomes the first Red Raider in over 12 years to homer in four consecutive games.
The Wildcats immediately answered scoring three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth while sending eight batters to the plate. K-State had two doubles, a single and a pair of sacrifice flies to open the inning and then a wild pitch scored the third run of the inning for the `Cats.
Masek had one tough inning as he retired 11 of the final 13 K-State batters from the fifth to eighth inning.
Freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete had a two-out, RBI double to score Gutierrez in the sixth inning. Gutierrez finished the game going 1-for-2 with two runs, two RBI and two hit-by-pitch.
Gutierrez' 19 hit-by-pitch leads the Big 12 and rank third all-time in Texas Tech single-season history.
Six Texas Tech players had a base hit while K-State first baseman Shane Conlon was the only player to post a multi-hit game in the contest going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Texas Tech will be back in action on Friday at the Big 12 Championship while continuing pool play competition with a 9 a.m. first pitch scheduled against No. 24 Oklahoma (37-19). The Sooners defeated Baylor during their opening-round game with a 2-0 shutout.
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