Corley Leads Jayhawks Past Texas Tech, 13-7
April 23, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman Tyson Corley turned in a strong outing in his first career start and the Jayhawk offense was able to pound out 13 runs on 14 hits as the University of Kansas baseball team defeated Texas Tech, 13-7, on Saturday at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas.
The victory snaps the Jayhawks’ six game losing skid and improves their overall mark this season to 25-20 with a 4-10 mark in Big 12 play. With the loss, Texas Tech drops to 25-14 and 7-9 in conference action.
“I could not be happier with Tyson’s first start,” said Kansas head coach Ritch Price. “We hope that he could go out there and give us four or five good innings, but today he was special and kept us in a position to win the game.”
Kansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning by plating runs on a RBI double from junior outfielder A.J. Van Slyke and a RBI single off the bat of senior catcher Sean Richardson.
After Texas Tech was able to plate its first run of the afternoon in the home half of the third, Kansas came to the plate in the top of the fourth and threw seven runs on the scoreboard to open a 9-1 advantage. Junior outfielders Matt Baty and Gus Milner each provided two-run doubles in the inning, while Jared Schweitzer, John Allman and ErikMorrison all chipped in with a RBI in the frame.
Schweitzer extended career-high hitting streak to 14 games with a hit during the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Red Raiders were able to plate a pair of runs to cut the KU lead to 9-3. Tech capitalized on a pair of Jayhawk errors in the inning, as both of the runs were unearned off Corley.
Tech was able to plate a couple runs off Corley in the bottom of the seventh to cut the KU lead to 9-5.
Corley (1-0) picked up the win in the first start of his career, pitching seven strong innings and allowing only three earned runs while walking two and striking out two.
Senior Travis Dunlap came to the plate as a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth inning and slammed his third home run of the season over the wall in right field to give the Jayhawks a 10-5 advantage.
Kansas added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning on a RBI single from Milner and a two-run single from second baseman Ryne Price.
Texas Tech attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but could manage only two runs off KU reliever Don Czyz.
The Jayhawks and Red Raiders will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match-up at Dan Law Field. Kansas will send senior lefty Mike Zagurski (4-4) to the mound as KU attempts to wins its first road conference series in the state of Texas since taking two of three from Texas Tech in 2003.