LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 4 Texas Tech baseball team notched a series victory over K-State after a 26-6 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (28-8, 7-4) scored a season-high 26 runs in the middle game against the Wildcats (15-20, 2-9), using 23 hits, also a 2018-best, to do so. Tech's 26 runs were the most in a conference game by a Red Raider unit in school history, and marked the first time to score more than 20 runs in back-to-back Big 12 games.
Six Red Raiders produced multi-hit performances at the plate on Saturday, with senior Michael Davis accounting for five. The Lubbock native came a triple shy of the cycle, racking up two doubles and a homer, to go with five RBI and five runs scored.
It was the first five hit and five run day for Davis, and the second time a Red Raider has recorded five hits in a game this season (Grant Little at Louisville on March 13).
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian got the start on Saturday and improved to 5-1 on the season after tossing 5.0 innings. The Flower Mound native allowed just two runs on six hits, while ringing up five Wildcats to earn his third Big 12 victory of the year.
For the second consecutive game, the Red Raiders plated the first run of the game in the opening inning. With two on after a pair of singles, Little dropped his 10th RBI of the weekend on a double to right field for the 1-0 lead.
K-State tied the game in the next half inning on a fielder's choice from Owen. His grounder scored Harker, who walked and then was moved to third on a single from McWhertor. However, the Red Raiders got it back and re-took the lead in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Davis on a two-out fielding error on a grounder from freshman Gabe Holt.
Tech made good on the error, as a double from sophomore Brian Klein on the left field line scored Holt, then a single from sophomore Josh Jung plated Klein to push the advantage to 4-1. With two on, senior Zach Rheams uncorked his team-leading ninth homer of the year to the track behind right field for a 7-1 lead.
It was the third consecutive game he's homered, the second time he's done so during the 2018 season.
The Red Raiders brought home nine more in the third inning to make it a 16-1 game. An RBI single from junior Cody Farhat scored Davis, who hit a book-rule double to begin the frame, then another single from Holt drove in Farhat for the second run of the frame.
Tech loaded the bases twice in the inning and made good on both opportunities. Another book-rule double brought in two, this time off the bat of Little to give him 12 RBI on the weekend. The second instance cleared the bases as junior Cameron Warren launched a grand slam well beyond the left field wall.
It was Warren's sixth dinger of the year and second grand slam by the Red Raiders in as many games, as Little hit one on Friday night against the Wildcats. The nine-run third inning was the third time this season Tech has scored nine runs in a single frame.
K-State added another run in the fourth inning, but Tech responded with two behind a fielder's choice from Warren and a sacrifice fly from Davis to make it 18-2. An RBI groundout from Little in the fifth pushed the lead to 19-2 and made it back-to-back games the Red Raiders had scored in each of the first five innings.
Davis became the third Red Raider to homer on Saturday after launching a two-run blast in the sixth, his eighth home run of the year, to give Tech 21 runs for the second-straight game.
After two runs by the Wildcats in the seventh, Tech answered back with three in the bottom half of the inning after a triple from Jung and a two-RBI double from Davis to make it 24-4. A pair of free passes plated two more, bringing Tech to a season-high 26 runs.
The Red Raiders and Wildcats wrap the season series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.