Kansas pounds Texas Tech 15-6 to salvage last game of the series.

Facing a sweep in Lubbock the Jayhawks responded convincingly.  Kansas unloaded on Texas Tech starter Miles Morgan by scoring seven runs in the first inning.  Morgan left the game without recording a single out.  The Hawks continued to score through the first seven innings of the game and at one point led by as much as 15-1.  The Red Raiders prevented the game from coming to a run-rule end after seven innings by scoring five runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh.  The final two frames produced no more action.

 

As you would expect of a team that collected 15 runs there were several offensive stars for Kansas yesterday.  Tony Thompson stood out by hitting two homeruns and driving in 3 RBI’s.  Thompson now has 12 homeruns on the year (two short of the all-time sophomore record set by Erik Morrison in 2006) and 50 RBI’s.  He might end up challenging some significant records before this season is over.  Brian Heere went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s  David Narodowski hit a single and a double and drove in four runs.  Jason Brunansky went 2-5 with 2 RBIs.  Preston Land continued to show signs he is coming alive at the plate by going 2-4 and drawing 2 walks.

 

The win will allow KU to return to Lawrence with some long term momentum.  It was the first road conference win for the Jayhawks.   In Big-12 games they are 7-2 at home and 1-5 on the road.  Kansas is in a three way tie for fourth place in the Big-12 with Kansas State and Oklahoma.

Big 12 Pct Overall Pct
Texas 12-6 .667 29-8 .784
Texas A&M 11-7 .611 25-14 .641
Baylor 10-7 .588 25-12 .676
Kansas State 8-7 .533 29-11 .725
Oklahoma 8-7 .533 29-11 .725
Kansas 8-7 .533 25-14 .641
Texas Tech 9-9 .500 18-24 .429
Missouri 8-10 .444 21-20 .512
Oklahoma State 5-9 .357 25-15 .625
Nebraska 4-14 .222 17-21-1 .449

 

Kansas will be back in action Tuesday evening at Hoglund to face NAIA opponent Baker University.  Baker is located only a short distance from Lawrence and the game normally brings in a nice sized easy going crowd for a mid-week game.  The game was added to make up for an earlier rain out against Northwestern.  Admission is free.

 

Additional game notes and the box score after the break.

Lee Ridenhour (4-2) gave Kansas it’s best pitching performance of the weekend on Sunday.  Ridenhour apparently did not have his best stuff.  Of the 27 men he faced he only struck out one and gave up 8 singles and 3 walks.  Lee toughed it out and gave the team six effective innings of one-run baseball to earn his first conference win.  Travis Blankenship and Brett Bochy finished out the final three innings of the game.  Neither pitched particularly well.  Blankenship in particular only retired one of the five men he faced and saw his ERA rise to 6.15.  Travis has been hit around quite a bit over the last two weeks.  I hope this is a temporary situation.

 

Link to KU recap

Apr 19, 2009 at Lubbock, TX (Dan Law Field)

Kansas 15 (25-14,8-7 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 
Ridenhour, Lee
  Blankenship, Travis p 
  Bochy, Brett p 
Totals  42  15  15  14  10  27  12 
  

Texas Tech 6 (18-24,9-9 Big 12)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Rueda, Willie 2b 
  Fleming, Kengray pr/cf 
Reed, Michael lf 
  Macnoll, Mason lf/rf 
  Monreal, Kellen ph/3b 
Kenworthy, Joey ss 
  Hanslik, Nick ph/rf 
Richburg, Chris 1b 
LeJeune, Scott dh 
Ashby, Taylor cf/lf 
Berry, Justin 3b 
  Leslie, Logan ph 
  Brown, Logan 2b 
Totten, Garrett rf/2b 
  Alavi, Mehdi ph 
Mayo, Jeremy c 
  Whitehead, Kevin c 
Morgan, Miles p 
  Douglas, Lorenzo p 
  Large, Cory p 
  Farrar, Colton p 
Totals  38  14  27  10  12 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
Kansas.............. 702 104 100 - 15 15  0
Texas Tech.......... 000 010 500 -  6 14  2
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E - Reed(4); Kenworthy(15). DP - Kansas 2. LOB - Kansas 12; Texas Tech 12. 2B - Narodowski(9); Brunansky(5). HR - Thompson, T. 2(12). HBP - Waters, J.; Ashby. SF - Heere, B.(5); Richburg(3). CS - Narodowski(4).

Kansas   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Ridenhour, Lee W,4-2  6.0  23  27  11  108 
Blankenship, Travis   0.1  20 
Bochy, Brett   2.2  10  13  51 
  
Texas Tech   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Morgan, Miles L,2-5  0.0  35 
Douglas, Lorenzo   3.1  16  17  71 
Large, Cory   2.1  11  15  64 
Farrar, Colton   3.1  13  15  59 

Win - Ridenhour (4-2). Loss - Morgan (2-5). Save - None. WP - Farrar(4). HBP - by Morgan (Waters, J.); by Bochy, B. (Ashby). PB - Whitehead(5). Pitches/strikes: Ridenhour 108/59; Blankenship 20/14; Bochy, B. 51/33; Morgan 35/14; Douglas 71/43; Large 64/33; Farrar 59/32.

Umpires - HP: Doyle Sooter 1B: Doug Williams 3B: Ken McQueen
Start: 1:02 pm Time: 3:24 Attendance: 2503
Weather: Sunny, windy, 65 degrees
Morgan faced 7 batters in the 1st.

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