K-State Takes Series With Extra-Inning Win

LUBBOCK, Texas Byron Wiley hit a game-tying RBI double in the top of the ninth and Jordan Cruz blasted the winning three-run home run in the 10th as Kansas State won in come-from-behind fashion over Texas Tech, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field. With the victory, the Wildcats win the series after its Friday-night win, and improved its record to 18-19 overall and 5-9 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas Tech dropped to 17-23 overall and 4-13 in the league.


Texas Tech took a 4-3 lead into the ninth after Jason Seefeld hit a solo-home run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out in the top of the ninth, Brett Scott pulled a double down the leftfield line to put the tying run in scoring position and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a groundout for the second out of the inning, Wiley battled to a full count after fouling pitches three pitches. Wiley proceeded to blast a ball off the centerfield wall to bring home Scott and tie the game.


Trevor Hurley, Kansas State’s second relief pitcher of the night, struck out the first batter in the ninth, but hit Chris Hall and gave up an infield single to Willie Rueda to give Texas Tech runners first and second with one out. Daniel Edwards (2-3) came on in relief and struck out Joey Kenworthy for the second out, but walked Doug Thennis to load the bases. Edwards regrouped and forced a Roger Kieschnick groundout to send the game into extras.


In the top of the 10th, Drew Biery hit a one-out single to left field and was followed by a single to center by Rob Vaughn. Following a groundout for the second out, Cruz hammered a 2-1 pitch over the rightfield wall for the game-winning home run.


Jason King led the Wildcats on the afternoon with a 3-for-5 game, while Tenbrink and Cruz each finished the contest 2-for-4 with multi-RBI games. Scott also recorded a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.


Edwards picked up the win after throwing 1.2 innings of no-hit ball, walking one and striking out two. Ben Hornbeck, K-State’s first reliever, threw two innings of no-hit ball, striking out one. Hurley and Hornbeck combined to retire 11-straight batters.  


Texas Tech scored the game’s first run in the first inning. Rueda led the inning off with a walk and was sacrificed over to second. Rueda then stole second base and came home on an infield RBI single by Kieschnick to make the score 1-0.


The Red Raiders had another opportunity to score in the second inning as they had runners on first and third with two outs, but K-State starter Justin Murray forced a groundball to end the inning and keep the game at 1-0.


Tech had another golden opportunity in the third to extend its lead as it received a leadoff double by Kenworthy, who was followed by a single through the left side by Thennis to move Kenworthy to third. However, Murray struck out two-in-a-row and got the third out on a groundout to get out of the inning.


Kansas State tied things up in the top of the fourth as Tenbrink led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line and then moved to third on a groundout by Justin Bloxom. Carter Jurica came up and hit a groundball to Kenworthy at third base, but Kenworthy had trouble getting the ball out of his glove, which allowed Tenbrink to score.


Texas Tech answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Monk Kreder walked and was then sacrificed to second base. Two batters later, Rueda singled up the middle to score Kreder and give Texas Tech the lead at 2-1. Rueda then stole second base, his second steal of the day, and scored on a Kenworthy single to push the Red Raider lead to 3-1.


Kansas State came back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at three. Scott led off with a single to centerfield and then moved to second on a sacrifice by Cruz. Following a fly out, Tenbrink belted a 0-1 pitch over the right centerfield and off the scoreboard for a two-run homer.


Kansas State will go for the series sweep over Texas Tech Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field.