Jayhawks Fall to Texas Tech in Pitchers' Duel, 3-1
March 30, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas starting pitcher Frank Duncan tossed eight quality innings, but suffered his fourth loss of the season Friday night. Texas Tech starter Duke von Schaman was slightly better, tossing a complete game, in leading the Red Raiders to a 3-1 win over Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Jayhawks dropped the opener of the three-game series and fall to 10-15 overall and 0-4 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech improved to 16-11 and 2-5 in the conference.
For seven innings, Duncan and von Schaman matched each other zero for zero, but a pair of late runs on a wild pitch and a bases loaded hit batsman gave Tech the upper hand.
With the score tied at one and runners at first and third in the eighth inning, Duncan uncorked his second wild pitch of the game to bring Barrett Barnes in from the third base and provide the Red Raiders with the winning run.
It was a tough way to end the night for Duncan, who tied a career high with eight strikeouts in the game. The 6-foot-4 sophomore kept the Red Raider hitters off-balance with four outstanding pitches, going eight innings and allowing two runs on six hits.
However, von Schaman proved to be better in the duel of aces Friday. The redshirt sophomore held the Jayhawks to just one run on two hits over nine innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
KU plated its only run of the game in the first inning when junior Kevin Kuntz reached second base on a throwing error and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Senior James Stanfield then singled home Kuntz to gave the Jayhawks the early lead.
Tech answered in the second, scoring a run on an infield single, a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Red Raider left fielder Brennan Moore.
Zac Elgie collected KU’s only other hit in the game.
The Jayhawks will look to even the series on Saturday when they host Texas Tech at 2 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.