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Free baserunners doom 19th-ranked Red Raiders in 11-3 rout at hands of Kansas.

Posted: May 2, 2014 - 10:54pm  |  Updated: May 3, 2014 - 12:26am
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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ryan Moseley and Matt Withrow combined to allow a season-high eight walks while hitting three others and throwing three wild pitches, and Kansas capitalized with hits on top of most of those free baserunners to rout No. 19 Texas Tech, 11-3, in the opener of a Big 12 Conference series Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.

Despite the loss, the Red Raiders (36-14, 11-8 in Big 12) remain in third place in the Big 12 thanks to Texas’ 5-3 loss at West Virginia. The loss snapped Tech’s four-game winning streak and six-game Big 12 winning streak.

Michael Suiter’s three-run home run in the fifth, which plated two of the five walks allowed by Moseley, broke open a close game to give the Jayhawks (27-20, 10-9) a 6-2 lead. After a hit batter and two walks by Withrow loaded the bases in the sixth, Colby Wright cleared them with a double to right-center for three more RBIs and a 9-2 lead.

A leadoff double by Dakota Smith followed by a hit batter, a wild pitch, a passed ball by catcher Hunter Redman and a Ryan Pidhaichuk sacrifice fly finished the scoring for the Jayhawks in the seventh.

Moseley (1-2) surrendered six runs, all earned, on three hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. Withrow pitched the final three innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Moseley allowed two one-out walks in the third that helped put the Jayhawks on the board. Wright plated one with a single to center. Suiter drove in another with a groundout and Smith scored Wright with a single to right for a 3-0 lead.

Tech came right back in the top of the fourth, however, as Adam Kirsch ripped his seventh home run of the year, a two-run blast to left to pull the Red Raiders to within 3-2.

But it would be as close as they would get as KU starter Jordan Piche´ (6-5) tossed his second straight complete game, scattering three runs, one earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Tech would add a run in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Eric Gutierrez before Piche´ finished strong with a strikeout and a grounder to first to end the game.

The teams will resume the series today at 2 p.m. Left-hander Chris Sadberry is scheduled to pitch for Tech while Kansas will counter with right-hander Robert Kahana.

KANSAS 11, TEXAS TECH 3

Texas Tech Kansas

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

SSmith cf 4 0 0 0 Protacio ss 2 2 0 0

Burleson 2b 4 1 2 0 Wright 2b 4 2 2 4

Neslony lf 4 0 2 0 Suiter lf 4 1 1 4

Gutierrez 1b 4 1 0 1 Boylan ph 0 0 0 0

Kirsch rf 4 1 1 2 Afenir pr 0 0 0 0

Barrios dh 2 0 0 0 DSmith rf 5 1 3 1

Lyons ph 2 0 0 0 McKay dh 4 0 0 0

Hmphrys 3b 2 0 0 0 Tharp cf 3 1 0 0

Long ph 1 0 1 0 Pidhaichuk 1b 1 1 0 1

Proudfoot ss 2 0 0 0 Hernandez 3b 4 0 0 0

Brdbnt ph 1 0 0 0 Eldredge c 1 3 0 0

Redman c 2 0 1 0

Floyd ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 33 3 7 3 Totals 27 11 6 10

Texas Tech 000 200 001 — 3 7 1

Kansas 003 033 20x — 11 6 1

E — Gutierrez (2), Hernandez (13). DP — Texas Tech 1, Kansas 2. LOB — Texas Tech 3, Kansas 6. 2B — Neslony (10), Wright (9), DSmith (7). HR — Kirsch (7), Suiter (2). SH — Protacio (9). SF — Pidhaichuk (2). SB — Tharp ((10).

Texas Tech ip h r er bb so

Moseley (L, 1-2) 5 3 6 6 5 7

Withrow 3 3 5 4 34 5

Kansas

Piche´ (W, 6-5) 9 7 3 1 0 7

WP — Moseley 2(7), Withrow (5). HBP — by Moseley (Pidhaichuk); by Withrow (Pidhaichuk); by Withrow (Tharp). PB — Redman (2). U — Bruns, Wetzel, Sealy, Droll. T — 2:24. A — 1,100. Records: Texas Tech 36-14, 11-8; Kansas 28-20, 10-9.

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