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Kithuka captures second Big 12 Indoor title with 3,000-meter victory

Posted: February 25, 2013 - 12:12am  |  Updated: February 25, 2013 - 1:18am
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AMES, Iowa — Texas Tech distance standout Kennedy Kithuka captured another league title Sunday, breaking a meet record in winning the 3,000-meter run at the Big 12 indoor track and field championships.

Kithuka, who won the 5,000-meter on Saturday, ran a time of 7:53.52 to remain unbeaten in his cross country and track career while breaking a four-year-old meet record. He is the first Red Raider to win both titles.

Freshman Nick Rivera became Tech’s first 800-meter indoor winner, finishing first in 1:52.53. Sophomore Kole Weldon got second in the shot put with a school-record 62-13/4.

Former Idalou standout Bradley Adkins finished third in the high jump, clearing 6-113/4.

The Tech women got second-place finishes from senior Katie Grimes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.18) and sophomore Avril McGhee in the triple jump (41-21/4). Three Tech relays finished third: the men’s distance medley (9:43.89), the men’s 1,600 (3:09.55) and the women’s 1,600 (3:36.16).

The Tech men’s team finished fifth with 78 points, the Tech women sixth with 431/2.

Baseball

ORLANDO, Fla. — Texas Tech wasted an outstanding pitching performance by junior right-hander Trey Masek as Connecticut scored a run in the top of the 11th inning without getting a hit for a 1-0 victory over the Red Raiders at the Wawa Weekend Classic on Sunday.

Masek tossed a career-high nine innings, scattering five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. But he left with the score tied 0-0 as the Red Raiders continued their weekend-long struggle to score with runners in scoring position.

Tech (4-3) stranded nine of its 12 baserunners in the final five innings. The Red Raiders had the winning run in scoring position in four of those innings, including twice with just one out in the ninth and 10th innings. But they were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the final five innings with four strikeouts.

Connecticut scored the winning run when right-fielder Jon Testani was hit by Tech reliever Jerad McCrummen (0-1) to start the 11th. Tech reliever Andre Wheeler then walked nine-hole hitter Connor David and balked the runners into scoring position. Billy Ferriter then lifted a fly ball to left, with Testani just beating the tag from Tech catcher Mason Randolph to score the go-ahead run.

Tech had the winning run at third with two outs in the seventh after a one-out single by Devon Conley, who was balked to second. After walks to Randolph and Tim Proudfoot. UConn starter Brian Ward retired Brett Bell on a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

Eric Gutierrez’ one-out double in the eighth had Tech in position again, but reliever Will Jolin struck out Blake Bass and got Tyler Neslony to fly to right, keeping the Red Raiders scoreless.

In the ninth, a one-out single by Alec Humphreys and a walk to Randolph had Tech in business one more time, but Huskies reliever David Mahoney struck out pinch-hitter Jarrard Poteete and got Bell to fly to right, sending the game to extra innings.

Connecticut had just two legitimate scoring chances until the 11th, and a great play by Conley in the seventh kept the game scoreless.

With one out, Bobby Melley doubled to left. Eric Yavarone followed with a single up the middle, but Conley gunned down Melley at the plate for the second out, and Masek finished the inning with a strikeout of Tom Verdi.

Tech pitching retired nine of the next 10 Huskies it faced until the 11th.

Conley and Humphreys finished with two hits each to lead the Red Raiders, who will be back in action on Monday at 5 p.m. at Florida International for a two-game midweek series before returning home this weekend for a three-game series against LaSalle.

CONNECTICUT 1, TEXAS TECH 0

Connecticut Texas Tech

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Ferriter cf 4 0 2 1 Bell lf 6 0 0 0

Siena 3b 4 0 0 0 Burleson 2b 5 0 1 0

Mazzilli 2b 5 0 0 0 Gutierrez dh 4 0 1 0

Melley 1b 4 0 1 0 Davis pr 0 0 0 0

Yavarone lf 4 0 1 0 LeJeune ph 0 0 0 0

Verdi ss 4 0 0 0 Bass 1b 5 0 1 0

Daniello dh 4 0 0 0 Neslony rf 5 0 1 0

Testani rf 3 1 0 0 Conley cf 5 0 2 0

David c 2 0 1 0 Hmphrys 3b 5 0 2 0

McDowell c 2 0 1 0 Randolph c 2 0 0 0

Florence pr 0 0 0 0

Proudfoot ss 2 0 0 0

Poteete ph 1 0 0 0

Barrios ss 0 0 0 0

Richoux ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 1 5 1 Totals 41 0 8 0

Connecticut 000 000 000 01 — 1 5 0

Texas Tech 000 000 000 00 — 0 8 0

DP — Texas Tech 2. LOB — UConn 5, Texas Tech 13. 2B — Melley, Gutierrez. SF — Ferriter. SB — Ferriter, Humphreys.

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Connecticut

Ward 7 5 0 0 2 5

Jolin 2/3 1 0 0 0 1

Mahoney 2/3 1 0 0 1 0

Moore (W, 1-0) 12/3 1 0 0 1 3

Tabakman (S, 1) 1 0 0 0 1 1

Texas Tech

Masek 9 5 0 0 1 7

McCrummen (L, 0-1) 1 0 1 1 0 1

Wheeler 1 0 0 0 2 0

HBP — by McCrummen (Testani). BK — Ward, Wheeler. U — Moge, Harvey, Poole. T — 2:42. A — Poole. Records: Connecticut 3-3; Texas Tech 4-3.

Softball

SAN MARCOS — Mikey Kenney homered twice and Katelyn Williams put Texas Tech ahead to stay with a three-run shot as the Red Raiders completed play in the Texas Shootout with an 8-3 victory over host Texas State on Sunday.

Trailing 3-0, Kenney opened the Tech third inning with a solo shot to center, her third of the season. After singles by Sandy James and Adrianna Perez, Williams slugged her fourth home run of the year for a 4-3 lead.

Kenney’s three-run shot in the sixth made it 7-3.

Tech added an insurance run in the seventh on Elkins’ sacrifice fly.

The Red Raiders play their home opener Friday in the Tech Invitational.

TEXAS TECH 8, TEXAS STATE 3

Texas Tech 004 003 1 — 8 11 1

Texas State 300 000 0 — 3 7 1

Custer and Elkins; Baros, Quinn (3), Lancaster (3) and Isbell. W — Custer (4-1). L — Baros. 2B — Texas Tech, Kenney (3). 3B — Texas Tech, Powell (1). HR — Texas Tech, Kenney 2(4), Williams (4). Records: Texas Tech 10-5, Texas State 7-9.

LCU baseball

Lubbock Christian University used a five-run second inning to spark a 12-2 victory over McMurry on Sunday at Hays Field.

LCU starter Jarret Porter held the Indians hitless through the first three innings while getting plenty of offensive help. Brent Leslie’s bases-loaded single started the five-run second inning, and Kevin Domrzalski finished it with a three-run home run to left-center.

After McMurry cut it to 5-2, LCU got a solo home run from Brett Kauten in the fifth, and he added an RBI single in the sixth ahead of a run-scoring triple from Christian Vazquez.

Leslie ended the game by run rule in the seventh with his RBI single through the right side of the infield.

Porter (2-1) lasted six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN 12, MCMURRY 2

McMurry 000 100 0 — 2 5 1

LCU 050 033 1 — 12 14 0

Hopper, Gonzales (6), Hejny (7) and Koll; Porter, McCasland (7) and Nevarez. W — Porter (2-1). L — Hopper (0-2). 2B —Nevarez (7), Fisch (9). 3B — Vazquez (4). HR — Kauten (6), Domrzalski (3). SB — Kauten (6). Records: LCHS 11-4; McMurry 6-8.

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Sneaky

I like the way you buried the 3rd consecutive tech baseball loss underneath a track and field story instead of doing a separate headline and story for each. Don't worry, AJ, I do not think anyone will catch it. Oh wait, I did!

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