Raiders Slap Kansas 5-2

LAWRENCE, Kan.--Senior shortstop <b>Gera Alvarez</b> and senior catcher <b>Willie Durazo</b> delivered RBI singles in the top of the <b>10th</b> inning to pace Tech's 5-2 victory over Kansas on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.<p> <br>

Kansas designated hitter Kevin Wheeler gave the Jayhawks (16-16, 3-11) a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when he hit a solo home run over the right-center field fence.


Tech's Nick Blankenship set a new Big 12 Conference record in the top of the fourth when he picked up his 25th hit-by-pitch of the season from Kansas starter Dan Olson. Blankenship broke the single-season record set by Oklahoma State's Billy Gasparino, who tallied 24 in 1999.


The Raiders (26-16, 9-11) had runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but failed to convert.


Kansas reliever Chris Jones issued leadoff walks to Jon Slack and Scooter Jordan to open the eighth inning. He then loaded the bases when he hit Blankenship with a pitch and then walked Durazo to tie the score at 1-1.


Later in the inning, Tech took a 2-1 lead when home plate umpire Randy Wetzel called a balk on Jones, which plated Jordan from third.


Wheeler tied the game 2-2 for Kansas in the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run over the right field fence, his second blast of the game and seventh this season.


In the 10th inning, Jordan tripled and Alvarez knocked him with an RBI single. Alvarez's single extended his Big 12-best hitting streak to 23 games.


Durazo plated Tech's second run of the inning with an RBI single to right center, which scored Alvarez. Tech added an insurance run later in the inning on a base hit by Austin Cranford and a throwing error, which extended Tech's lead to 5-2.


Steve Rowe (6-2) earned the win in relief with three innings of work. He only allowed one run on a single hit.


Chris Smart (1-3) suffered the loss for Kansas after giving up two earned runs on two hits in two innings.


Tech and Kansas will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow at noon. The was moved from 1 p.m. to accommodate Tech's travel plans.



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