KU Baseball drops finale at Texas Tech

(Courtesy: KU Athletics)

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech cleanup hitter Jarrard Poteete went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while left fielder Brett Bell also chipped in four hits and three runs scored as the Red Raiders avoided the sweep with a 16-5 victory over Kansas Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.

The Jayhawks fall to 24-15 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12 Conference, while Tech snaps its nine-game losing streak and improves to 18-22 and 5-10 in conference play.

Texas Tech used two multi-run innings early to take control of the game. After Kansas scored three runs in the top of the first on the strength of a two-run single by Dakota Smith, the Red Raiders came back with four runs in the second.

After Elliot Richoux’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly brought Tech within 3-2, Devon Conley gave the Red Raiders their first lead since early in the game Friday with a two-run single up the middle. The Jayhawks came back to take a 5-4 lead in the third on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Alex DeLeon and Jordan Dreiling, but again the Red Raiders answered with a run in the third and three runs in the fourth.

With the score tied 5-5 in the fourth, Poteete doubled in two runs in the fourth and came around to score on an RBI ground out as the Red Raiders took an 8-5 lead. Tech then scored eight runs over the last three innings, including a grand slam by shortstop Tim Proudfoot to end the game after eight innings.

Smith, Michael Suiter and Tucker Tharp each had two hits to pace the Kansas offense, while Smith and Dreiling accounted for four RBIs.

Kansas starter Robert Kahana pitched just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. Sophomore Drew Morovick took the loss, snapping a streak of 22 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

The Jayhawks failed to earn the series sweep, but still managed to win their first series in Lubbock since 2003. Tech’s 16 runs and 18 hits were the most allowed by Kansas this season.

KU will look to bounce back on Tuesday night with a non-conference game against Oral Roberts at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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