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Tech offense sputters again as Kansas completes Big 12 sweep with 4-1 victory.

Frank Duncan tossed a complete-game five-hitter

Posted: May 4, 2014 - 10:06pm  |  Updated: May 5, 2014 - 12:14am
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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Frank Duncan tossed a complete-game five-hitter, and Kansas completed the Big 12 Conference series sweep of No. 19 Texas Tech, 4-1, on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.

It is the first losing streak of more than two games for the Red Raiders (36-16, 11-10 in Big 12) and comes after they had swept consecutive Big 12 series over Kansas State and Oklahoma.

It is the first time Tech has been swept this season. Kansas has now won three straight series against the Red Raiders and has taken seven of the last eight games in the series.

Tech opened the week in sole possession of third place in the Big 12, but ended the weekend falling to a tie with Texas for fifth and would be the sixth seed in the Big 12 Championships.

Tech is out of Big 12 play this coming weekend before winding up the regular season with three home games against a suddenly surging West Virginia team May 15-17. Despite the sweep, Tech did officially qualify for the Big 12 Championships May 19-25 thanks to losses by Baylor and Oklahoma.

Duncan (6-2) scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. The only run he allowed came on doubles by Stephen Smith and Tyler Neslony in the third inning that cut the Kansas lead to 2-1 at the time.

Tech, however, never led the entire series as the Jayhawks (30-20, 12-9) pitchers combined for just one walk allowed and did not hit a batter while Tech pitchers issued a combined 21 walks and hit batters, 10 of which scored as Kansas outscored Tech 21-8 in the series.

Corey Taylor (5-2) suffered the loss in his fourth start of the season, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 2/3 innings.

Kansas jumped out on Tech early on Sunday with two runs in the first inning. Michael Suiter’s RBI double three batters into the inning put KU up 1-0, and Connor McKay added a run-scoring groundout to make it 2-0.

Tech pulled to within 2-1 in the fourth on the doubles by Smith and Neslony, but Duncan buckled down from there and allowed just three more hits the rest of the way. Kansas, meanwhile, got two big insurance runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded, two-out single by Colby Wright to push the lead to 4-1 off Tech reliever Cameron Smith.

The Red Raiders return to action on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. game at Dallas Baptist before taking a nine-day break for finals.

KANSAS 4, TEXAS TECH 1

Texas Tech Kansas

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

SSmith rf 4 1 2 0 Protacio ss 4 0 0 0

Burleson 2b 4 0 0 0 Wright 2b 4 1 3 2

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

Gutierrez 1b 4 0 0 0 Smith rf 4 0 1 0

Kirsch dh 3 0 0 0 McKay dh 4 0 1 1

Conley cf 3 0 0 0 Tharp cf 3 0 1 0

Broadbent 3b 2 0 0 0 Pidhaichuk 1b 3 1 0 0

Barrios ph 1 0 0 0 Mirabelli 3b 4 1 1 0

Proudfoot ss 3 0 0 0 Eldredge c 4 0 1 0

Redman c 3 0 2 0

Totals 31 1 5 1 Totals 34 4 9 4

Texas Tech 000 100 00x — 1 5 1

Kansas 200 002 00x — 4 9 0

E — Broadbent (4). LOB — Texas Tech 3, Kansas 9. 2B — SSmith (10), Neslony (11), Suiter (10).

Pitching summaries

Texas Tech ip h r er bb so

Taylor (L, 5-2) 22/3 5 2 1 1 1

CSmith 31/3 4 2 2 1 2

Drozd 2 0 0 0 0 3

Kansas

Duncan (W, 6-2) 9 5 1 1 0 7

HBP — by CSmith (Pidhaichuk). U — Sealy, Droll, Bruns, Wetzel. T — 2:14. A — 1,167. Records: Texas Tech 36-16, 11-10; Kansas 30-20, 12-9.

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