Texas Tech gained their first lead with a three-run seventh inning and finished off the Kansas State Wildcats 7-4 Saturday at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders (27-11, 7-7) steadily gained momentum throughout the game after starter Chris Sadberry allowed three runs in the first inning. Ross Kivett scored the first run after the ball squirted away from third baseman Alec Humphreys during a successful double steal attempt. The error also allowed Shane Conlon to advance to third base which would eventually allow him to score on an Austin Fisher sacrifice fly. Tyler Stover would add to the early lead with an RBI single to score R.J. Santigate.
Texas Tech had no answer in the first, but Adam Kirsch followed a perfect Chris Sadberry top of the second with a solo home run flying well over the left-centerfield wall.
The Red Raiders would tie up the game after starting the fourth inning with back-to-back doubles from Tyler Neslony and Eric Gutierrez. Gutierrez would score on a Jake Barrios RBI single.
The Wildcats (20-15, 2-6) had an answer in the fifth. Sadberry walked Ross Kivett to start the inning. Kivett would eventually come around to score during a double play.
Tech tied the game in the bottom half of the inning after Tyler Floyd led off the inning with a double. Floyd would score on a Bryant Burleson single.
Corey Taylor (W, 5-0) would come out of the bullpen in the sixth and finished the ballgame tossing four scoreless innings.
The Red Raiders would tag Jake Whaley (L, 1-2) for three runs, one earned, in the seventh. Whaley started the inning by walking Floyd, who would be replaced on the base paths by Zach Davis. After Davis moved to second during a balk, he reach third after Whaley failed to pick up a sacrifice bunt attempt cleanly. The error allowed Stephen Smith to reach first base safely. The next batter, Burleson, hit an RBI single to obtain the lead. Whaley would be replaced by Jordan Floyd without obtaining an out. Smith would score on a Neslony RBI single. Burleson would cross home plate during a double play which presented the Wildcats with their first two outs of the inning.
The victory gives Texas Tech its second series win in Big 12 Conference play and their first home series victory during the conference season. The Red Raiders will look for their first conference sweep since 2011 when Kansas visited Texas Tech on Apr. 29-May 1.
First pitch Sunday is set for 3.
Texas Tech Tops Kansas State, 7-4
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