Manship, Taylor Help KU Rout Red Raiders, 9-3
April 1, 2012
- Coach Price
- C. Manship
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Chris Manship went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while redshirt junior Thomas Taylor allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings as Kansas bested Texas Tech, 9-3, in the rubber game of the three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark Sunday afternoon.
The Jayhawks improve to 12-15 overall and 2-4 in Big 12 play, while the Red Raiders fall to 16-13 overall and 2-7 in the conference. The series win was the first in Big 12 play for KU since taking 2-of-3 from Missouri in Columbia April 15-17 of last season.
Kansas scored early and often against Texas Tech on Sunday, racing out to a 9-0 lead after four innings which was more than enough support for Taylor. The junior righty held the Red Raiders scoreless over the first six innings and finished the game with three walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 frames. It was Taylor’s third quality start of the season.
KU’s offense broke out early against Tech starter David Paiz. In the bottom of the first, Manship delivered the first run with double to left center after a Jordan Dreiling single and a James Stanfield walk, giving KU a 1-0 lead. Senior Zac Elgie then plated two more with a two-out double off the wall in left field. It marked the third time in the last five games that Elgie has collected a two-out, two-run hit in the first inning.
The Jayhawks added a pair of runs in the second on an RBI single through the right side of the infield by Manship and a run-scoring base hit by freshman Connor McKay, which chased Piaz from the game after 1 2/3 innings.
Kansas blew the game open in the fourth, sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs on four base hits. Manship recorded his third RBI hit of the game with a single to left and Dakota Smith collected another RBI hit. The Jayhawks scored two more runs in the inning on a ground out and an error.
Tech rallied for two runs in the seventh on a fielder’s choice and a Tim Proudfoot RBI hit to chase Taylor from the game.
Freshman Drew Morovick pitched two scoreless innings of relief. The first-year righty entered the contest in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out and induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Bryant Burleson. Morovick did not allow a base runner and recorded a strikeout to end the game.
Manship and sophomore Tucker Tharp led the Jayhawk offense with three hits each. Manship’s 3-for-5 effort raised his batting average to a team-best .373 on the season.
KU’s nine runs scored Sunday mark the most the team has scored in a conference game since plating nine in a loss to Kansas State on May 21 of last season.
The Jayhawks will look to keep it rolling Tuesday night with a non-conference game at Creighton at 6 p.m.