Kansas drops second in a row to Texas Tech

Robby Price stood out again today as a bright spot. The KU second baseman went 3-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Robby is on fire lately.

Last week the news was all over the place.  This Kansas team was solid.  The Jayhawk pitching staff was among the best in the Big-12.  KU was ready to assume its place in the upper half of the Big-12.  I guess the memo never got to Lubbock.

 

For the second straight day the Red Raiders punished Kansas starting pitching.  On Friday Shaeffer Hall had perhaps his worst outing as a collegiate pitcher.  Twenty-four hours later, for the first time all season T.J. Walz couldn’t find the strike zone and slogged through a slow painful beating.  Walz threw 90 pitches, only 49 of which hit the strike zone.  After walking three of the first seven batters he faced Walz was compelled to work the heart of the plate to control his pitch count and stop handing out the free passes.  T.J. managed to buy seven more outs at the cost of three singles, two doubles and a homerun.  By the time he was taken off the mound KU was in a 6-0 hole from which they never could quite dig out.

 

Brett Bollman pitched extremely well and muzzled the TTU attack over the final five innings.  The Kansas bats warmed up and the Hawks slowly ate into the Red Raider lead.  Buck Afenir opened the Kansas scoring by hitting a two run homer in the 6th inning, his fifth long-ball of the year.  Preston Land hit his second homerun of the weekend the following inning to narrow the TTU lead to 7-3.  The Jayhawks mounted a final rally in the ninth inning.  Robby Price hit a two out double to cut the lead down to two before Chad Bettis got Brian Heere to ground into the 27th out.  The final score rested at 7-5.

 

Kansas fell to 24-14 and 7-7 in the Big-12.  Texas Tech improved to 18-23 and 9-8.  The two teams meet for the final game Sunday at 1PM.  Kansas will by trying to avoid being swept.  If Kansas gets out of Lubbock with one win in three games the weekend will feel like a nasty bump in the road.  A sweep will feel a lot more like an actual road block.

 

Link to KU recap and box score after the jump.

Link to KU recap.

Apr 18, 2009 at Lubbock, TX (Dan Law Field)

Kansas 5 (24-14,7-7 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Narodowski, David ss 
Price, Robby 2b 
Heere, Brian rf 
Afenir, Buck
Thompson, Tony 3b 
Lytle, Casey lf 
Waters, Jimmy dh 
Land, Preston 1b 
Brunansky, Jason cf 
Walz, T.J.
  Bollman, Brett p 
Totals  32  24  12 
  

Texas Tech 7 (18-23,9-8 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Rueda, Willie 2b 
Reed, Michael lf 
Kenworthy, Joey ss 
Richburg, Chris 1b 
LeJeune, Scott dh 
Ashby, Taylor cf 
Berry, Justin 3b 
Totten, Garrett rf 
  Brown, Logan rf 
Mayo, Jeremy c 
Ramos, AJ p 
  Large, Cory p 
  Monreal, Kellen p 
  Head, Louis p 
  Bettis, Chad p 
Totals  29  27  13 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Kansas.............. 000 002 102 -  5  9  2
Texas Tech.......... 201 400 00X -  7  8  1
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E - Thompson, T.; Walz, T.(2); Mayo(10). DP - Texas Tech 3. LOB - Kansas 7; Texas Tech 6. 2B - Price, Ro. 2(7); LeJeune(8); Ashby(13); Mayo(7). HR - Afenir, B.(5); Land, P.(2); Richburg(11). HBP - Narodowski; Rueda; Kenworthy. SH - Rueda(6); Reed(4). CS - Brunansky(1); Ashby(5). Reached on CI - Waters, J..

Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Walz, T.J. L,4-1  3.1  15  20  90 
Bollman, Brett   4.2  14  17  61 
  
Texas Tech   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ramos, AJ W,4-3  5.0  16  20  83 
Large, Cory   0.1 
Monreal, Kellen   0.0 
Head, Louis   1.1  22 
Bettis, Chad   2.1  10  30 

Win - Ramos (4-3). Loss - Walz, T. (4-1). Save - None. HBP - by Bollman, B. (Kenworthy); by Bollman, B. (Rueda); by Bettis (Narodowski). BK - Bollman, B.(1). CI - Mayo. Pitches/strikes: Walz, T. 90/49; Bollman, B. 61/38; Ramos 83/48; Large 8/5; Monreal 9/3; Head 22/15; Bettis 30/18.

Umpires - HP: Ken McQueen 1B: Doyle Sooter 3B: Doug Williams
Start: 5 pm Time: 2:57 Attendance: 3536
Weather: 70 degrees, windy, clear
Ramos faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Monreal faced 2 batters in the 6th.

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