Red Raiders Set School Record for Double Players, Tie NCAA Record, in 4-3 loss to KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. Despite tying the NCAA record for double plays turned in a game and setting a new program record, Texas Tech Baseball fell 4-3 Friday to Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark.

Up 2-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth, and 3-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Texas Tech (29-15, 12-10 Big 12) allowed singular runs in the final four innings to see its three-game conference winning streak snapped.

The Red Raiders got off to a good start on Friday night off of Kansas’ starting pitcher Reese Dutton, scoring twice in the top of the first on a two-RBI single from Drew Woodcox.

Up 2-0, Red Raider starter Ryan Free stranded the bases loaded on a strikeout. Free was helped in the frame by a 4-3 double play.

After the Red Raiders stranded a one out double from Tracer Lopez in the second, Free used a strong defensive play from Gavin Kash on a safety squeeze play and second double play ball.

Tech and KU continued to trade zeros until the home half of the sixth when KUs Ben Hartl led off the sixth with a home run to trim the Tech lead to 2-1. The Red Raiders got through the third and fifth innings with their third and fourth double plays of the night.

After Free struck out the next batter to record the first out of the sixth, the Red Raiders turned to Josh Sanders, who used the Red Raiders fifth double play ball to send the game to the seventh.

Free went 5.1 innings and allowed just one run. The lefty scattered seven hits and struck out two. He recorded 12 of his 14 outs on the ground.

In the seventh, a Damian Bravo single scored Lopez from second to give Tech a 3-1 lead. Lopez who led off the frame with a single off Dutton and advanced to second on a grounder.

Sanders returned in the seventh and with a two run lead, allowed the Jayhawks to load the bases with nobody out. A Jake English sac-fly cut the Tech lead to 3-2 before the Red Raiders fifth groundball double play ended the frame.

The run that Sanders allowed was the first he had allowed since a Mar. 28 loss to UCF and snapped a 13.2 inning scoreless streak that spanned seven appearances (all against Power Five opponents).
Sanders quickly erased a lead-off single on the Red Raiders seventh double play of the night, but KU used a single and a walk to put the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run on base.

Kansas turned to its bench and called upon New Mexico transfer Lenny Ashby who deposited an 0-1 double into the left field corner. The hit scored Collier Cranford from second by the trail runner, Texas Tech transfer Sam Hunt, was thrown out on the play by a strong relay from Woodcox-to-Pompey-to-Bazzell for an inning ending 7-4-2 putou.

After Kansas’ Hunter Cranton needed just eight pitches to record a 1-2-3 ninth, KU loaded the bases off Tech Freshman Parker Hutyra with one out.

Kansas walked off the game on a 2-1 count when Hartl roped a single through the drawn in infield. The hit, was Hartls fourth of the night in five at-bats.

The Red Raiders will look to even the weekend series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch from Hoglund Ballpark is set for Noon.


Release Provided By Andrew Stern Texas Tech Athletics

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