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Texas Tech baseball falls short of clinching series sweep at Kansas

No. 7 Texas Tech fell 8-5 on Sunday afternoon to Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark. The Red Raiders...
No. 7 Texas Tech fell 8-5 on Sunday afternoon to Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark. The Red Raiders cut into a 7-2 deficit in the top of the seventh with three runs, but the rally ended, and the Jayhawks tacked on an insurance run in the eighth to avoid being swept.(Texas Tech Athletics)
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 6:13 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kansas – No. 7 Texas Tech fell 8-5 on Sunday afternoon to Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark. The Red Raiders cut into a 7-2 deficit in the top of the seventh with three runs, but the rally ended, and the Jayhawks tacked on an insurance run in the eighth to avoid being swept.

Tech secured its seventh consecutive series win on Saturday against the Jayhawks, but KU did not allow the Red Raiders to earn their first road sweep in Lawrence since 2016. Four of the Red Raiders’ six losses have come on Sunday this season, as they move to 4-4 on Sundays, but 24-6 for the season.

It appeared early that the momentum from Saturday’s 28-run, 27-hit performance was going to carry over as Texas Tech scored a run in the top of the first. But the offense was shut down, as they were held to a single run in the fourth until the three-run spurt in the seventh.

Texas Tech’s Mason Molina exited Sunday’s game after 4.0 innings and surrendering six earned runs and seven hits. Kansas’ offense was quick to jump on Tech scoring three runs with its first four batters in the game. A bunt single to lead-off, followed by a double, and then a home run by its clean-up hitter. The Jayhawks were one run short of matching all of their offense produced over the first two games after the first four batters to start Sunday’s game.

Kansas produced its fourth run of the game in the third with back-to-back two-out base hits, pushing its lead to 4-1.

Hudson White got the run back for Tech with a solo home run (watch) in the top of the fourth to trim the deficit back to two, 4-2. It was his sixth-straight RBI hit looking back to Saturday’s 5-for-6 performance. As soon as it was a two-run game, KU pushed it back to three, and then four, in the home half of the fourth – grabbing a 6-2 lead after four complete.

The bottom of the fourth unraveled after a near-inning-ending double play. After Kansas just beat the throw to extend the inning, a triple ensued on the next plate opportunity to score the runner from first. A second run-scoring two-out base hit followed on the very next at-bat.

Kansas scored once more in the fifth to push its lead to 7-2 before Texas Tech attempted to come back in the seventh. Easton Murrell reached base for the third time in four plate appearances to start the seventh. Cole Stilwell walked next, and Jace Jung hit into a fielder’s choice to set up Ty Coleman with Murrell on third and Jung on first.

Back-to-back run-scoring base hits plated three runs as Coleman laced a double to right field (watch) to score one and Kurt Wilson singled through the right side (watch) to plate Jung and Coleman.

The seventh was Tech’s most productive inning, as Tech was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position until the seventh. Kansas took advantage of its opportunities going 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game.

The combination of Josh Sanders, Shay Hartis, and Trendan Parish limited the Jayhawks to two runs and two hits over the final three innings. White remained red hot from the plate going 2-for-2, and two walks, to couple with a 5-for-6 performance on Saturday and a 2-for-3 outing on Friday.

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The Red Raiders’ road trip continues in Phoenix, Ariz. on Tuesday and Wednesday for a pair of games at Grand Canyon. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. local, 8 p.m. Central.