Texas Tech explodes for seven runs late to rally past KU

LAWRENCE, Kansas – No. 7 Texas Tech exploded for four runs in the seventh, and three more in the ninth for insurance, to defeat Kansas 8-2 on Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark. Tech improves to 3-1 in Big 12 play and 23-5 overall.

Tech headed to the plate in the top of the seventh, trailing 2-1, and saw three of its first four batters reach to load the bases. With three Red Raiders on the base pads and one out, Cole Stilwell knocked in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly (watch) to right field.

One at-bat later with two out, Jace Jung laced a three-run home run (watch) to deep center field that hit approximately 15 feet above the fence onto the batter’s eye to hang a four-spot on the Jayhawks in the seventh. With a 5-2 lead, Red Raiders’ starter Andrew Morris returned to the mound in the seventh, as well as the eighth and retired KU in order.

Morris’ outing was a season-long 8.0 innings, and it marked a season-long by any Red Raider this season, en route to his third win (3-0) on the mound. The Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week award winner from this past Monday, struck out six and walked one. In the contest, Morris faced a minimum of three batters in the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings.

Kansas scored in the first inning, but as history has proved before, that was too much time for Tech to build a comeback. Tech improved to 7-0 this season when its opponent scores in the first inning.

The feisty Friday night Kansas squad held Tech without a run until the fourth. The Stilwell-Jung combo first appeared when Stilwell led off the inning with a double and Jung scored him on the following at-bat with an RBI single (watch).

Tech flirted with scoring in the fifth, as its 7-8-9 hitters – Hudson White, Parker Kelly and Sam Hunt – hit three straight singles to load the bases. The Jayhawks’ first baseman saved a few runs by snagging a hard-hit liner smoked his way off the bat of Easton Murrell. Stilwell hit into a double-play on the next play. It was ruled Stilwell initially beat the throw at first but following an official review, the play was overturned and took away a Texas Tech run, and ended the inning.

The Jayhawks scored once more in the sixth, thanks to a run-scoring triple, but soon-there-after the Red Raiders would erase the 2-1 deficit.

Jung led Tech from the plate, going 3-for-4, along with four RBIs. Jung owns 10 RBIs in the last three games.

Up Next
The Red Raiders’ series at Kansas continues at 1 p.m. on Saturday while Sunday’s finale is also at 1 p.m.

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Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics

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