LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas State turned a two-run lead into a blowout with a six-run fifth inning and handed Texas Tech its seventh straight loss on Friday night as the Red Raiders fell to last place in the Big 12 standings with a 12-4 thumping at the hands of the Wildcats.
The loss drops Texas Tech (17-22) to
five games below .500 and marks the first seven-game losing streak since
For the 10th time in Big 12 play, the Red Raiders fell behind early and this time it was AJ Ramos to blame as the junior right-hander walked the first four batters of the game and all four ended up crossing the plate. Ramos was chased away in the top of the second inning after allowing a leadoff double to nine-hole hitter Brett Scott.
The Texas Tech offense had some luck in the first inning as well as the Red Raiders scored four runs of their own to tie the game at 4-4. Tech pounded out six hits in the inning including RBI hits by Roger Kieschnick, Chris Richburg, Joey Kenworthy and Jason Seefeld.
Unfortunately, that would be it for the Red Raiders.
Brett Scott regained the lead for
The Wildcats blew the game wide open in the top of the fifth as they pounded out six runs on three hits and took a 12-4 lead. The inning included a three-run home run by Nate Tenbrink who blasted a shot over the monster in center field.
Brian Cloud (1-1) took the loss for the Red Raiders as he gave up four runs on four hits over three innings of relief work.
Texas Tech will try to snap their losing skid on tomorrow afternoon as the Red Raiders and Wildcats play game-two of the this three-game series. First pitch at Dan Law Field is set for 3 p.m. United States Senator John Cornyn will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
R H E
WP = Thomas Rooke (4-1)
LP = Brian Cloud (1-1)
SV = None
(Courtesy: Texas Tech)