Texas Tech Unloads on Kansas

April 25, 2010


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Junior Brandon Macias hit his first collegiate grand slam, while Brian Heere and Tony Thompson each had two hits, but it was not nearly enough. Texas Tech collected 24 hits and tied a Big 12 record with 12 doubles as the Red Raiders earned the series victory with a 21-10 triumph over the Jayhawks Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

The Jayhawks fall to 25-16-1 overall and 6-8-1 in the Big 12, while TTU improves to 24-20 and 10-8 in conference play.

Texas Tech sent 13 men to the plate in the second inning, with seven Red Raiders collecting doubles in the frame. Catcher Jeremy Mayo recorded a pair of two-base hits in the second, including the final hit which put the visitors up 8-0.

Kansas tried to rally in the sixth, scoring six runs thanks to a grand slam by Macias, which was preceded by a pair of sacrifice flies.

The Jayhawks looked to get back within striking distance in the seventh, loading the bases with nobody out. However, after Casey Lytle was hit by pitch forcing in a run and James Stanfield singled to bring KU back within five, Texas Tech closer Chad Bettis entered the game.

Bettis, who earned the win in the earlier game Sunday, fanned Jake Marasco and Zac Elgie before Macias’ bid for a second grand slam was caught on the warning track. That was the last time KU threatened the lead.

Tech added three-run innings in the eighth and ninth to hand KU its worst conference loss of the season.

Kansas will look to bounce back Tuesday night when it travels to Wichita State for a non-conference game against the Shockers at 7 p.m. The game can be seen in the Lawrence area on MetroSports (Channel 37 on Sunflower Broadband).