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Red Raider Hardball :: Texas Tech Wins First Game From K-State


Texas Tech (13-15, 3-4) vs. Kansas St. (20-4, 3-1)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Kansas St.
Starting Pitcher
4.1.10 6:30 p.m. Jay Johnson
W, 2-3
Evan Marshall
L, 2-1
W: 8-5
4.2.10 6:30 p.m. Bobby Doran
0-2, 5.66
Ryan Daniel
5-0, 2.91
4.3.10 12:00 p.m. TBA
Kyle Hunter
5-0, 1.78
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Bo Altobelli (Fr.)                                  1ST - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Recap: It seems like we've been here before. Just like last weekend's series against Texas, the Red Raiders took the first game only to go on to lose the next two while K-State has slated to pitch two very good pitchers who, at least on paper, are better than the Friday night starter. Still, it's always good to get a win and Texas Tech gave Kansas St. their first conference loss of the year. SP John Neely struggled to get out of the 4th inning (3.2 IP; 5 H; 5 R; 2 BB; 0 SO), but the bullpen was lights out and didn't allow a run the rest of the way. The heavy lifters were Jay Johnson (2.0 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 2 BB; 3 SO) and Chad Bettis (3.0 IP; 3 H; 0 BB; 6 SO). Bettis gets the save, his second of the year. RF Scott LeJeune (4-4; 2 R; 1 RBI) and Taylor Ashby (3-4; 2 R; 1 RBI) led an offense that had 14 hits. Freshmen 2B Jamodrick McGruder (2-5; 1 RBI) and 1B Barrett Barnes (1-3; 1 R; 1 RBI) each continue to play well for Texas Techa and should give you a reason to have some hope.

Game Recap: LAJ's George Watson has the recap:

The first 45 minutes of Wednesday’s practice was spent with Texas Tech’s hitters working on situational hitting – runners at third, less than one out, doing what it takes to score.

It’s an aspect of the game that had eluded the Red Raiders recently and led to some frustrating at-bats the last three games. That extra effort made all the difference Thursday night.

Tech took advantage of runners in scoring position early in its Big 12 Conference series opener against Kansas State, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and turning it over to its two best relievers for five innings of scoreless relief in an 8-5 win over the 20th-ranked Wildcats at Dan Law Field.

And DT's Adam Coleman:

Jay Johnson gets the win, Chad Bettis gets the save — it’s coach Dan Spencer’s plan coming to fruition.

Behind key at-bats and Johnson and Bettis’ outings, Texas Tech ousted Kansas State 8-5 Thursday at Dan Law Field for the series-opening win.

The Red Raiders already jumped on the Wildcats with a 7-5 lead heading into the fifth. But what was a back-and-forth affair through four innings quickly turned into a showcase for Johnson and Bettis. The two combined to shut out the Wildcats for five innings.

With thin pitching this season, Spencer said Johnson and Bettis were key.

"You earn that many zeros from the fifth to the ninth, that’s a good thing," Spencer said. "That’s how you win. Yeah, I thought our guys did a good job offensively. I thought we were a little bit better with men in scoring position. Not all the way, not move runners all the time, but we’re getting closer."