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Tech Takes Series with 13-4 Victory


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LUBBOCK, Texas - A seven-run Texas Tech third inning was too much to overcome as the Red Raiders took the series from Kansas State with a 13-4 victory Friday evening at Dan Law Field.

Coupled with a win on Thursday, Texas Tech won its first Big 12 series of the season as it improved to 14-15 overall and 4-4 in conference action. The Wildcats fell to 20-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big 12.

Texas Tech tied its season high with 19 hits, including nine extra-base hits as the Red Raiders pounded out five doubles, one triple and a trio of home runs. Jamodrick McGruder led Texas Tech's attack, going 4-for-4 with a leadoff home run in the first inning. Joey Kenworthy and Kevin Whitehead also added three hits, while two other Red Raider batters recorded two hits apiece.

K-State starter Ryan Daniel, who suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 5-1, hit Michael Reed with the bases loaded to start the scoring in the third before allowing a bases-clearing double to Whitehead to make the score 5-0. Jeremy Mayo then jumped on the second pitch he saw and drove it over the left-center field wall to give Tech a 7-0 advantage and knock Daniel out of the game.

Sophomore Kayvon Bahramzadeh came on in relief and forced a pair of fly ball outs, but a trio of singles, including a run-scoring single by Kenworthy, plated the seventh run of the frame and set the tone for the ballgame.

Texas Tech starter Bobby Doran (1-2) picked up his first win as he pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Chad Bettis recorded his second save in as many nights, throwing three scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts.

Adam Muenster and Nick Martini led the Wildcat offense with two hits each, while Martini drove in a run and scored twice.

With his 2-for-3 night, Martini extended his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest in the Big 12 this season and the third-longest in school history. The streak is also the second-longest by a Wildcat in a single-season as Otto Kaifes had a 24-game streak in 1987.

For the second-straight night in Lubbock, K-State's starting pitcher allowed seven runs on seven hits as Daniel was battered by the Red Raiders. The senior-right hander lasted just two-plus innings and struck out one batter.

Down 8-0 in the fourth, Kansas State tried to chip away at the deficit on a Kent Urban RBI single, which scored scored Martini. The Cats cut the lead to 8-3 in the fifth when Muenster hit a one-out double before Martini drove him in on an infield single. Daniel Dellasega followed by blasting a double off the wall down the left-field line to plate Martini.

Tech added a run in the sixth on a RBI single by Reed, while K-State responded with one in the seventh when Carter Jurica slapped a run-scoring single into right field, making the score 9-4. The Wildcats had a chance to cut the deficit even more when they loaded the bases with one out. But Bettis forced Mike Kindel to hit into a double play to end the inning and the Red Raiders iced the victory with four runs in their half of the frame.

Kansas State will try to salvage the final game of the series on Saturday in a 12 p.m., contest at Dan Law Field.