LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 11 Texas Tech baseball came up short of the series sweep over Kansas with a 13-9 loss in the series finale on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (21-9, 5-4) built a 6-3 lead through four innings, but the Jayhawks (16-15, 2-7) took advantage of a season-high 13 walks by the Tech pitching staff to battle back and salvage a game in the three-game series.
It was an uncharacteristic outing for Tech starter Erikson Lanning, who faced just four batters in the first inning and failed to record an out. He exited with KU leading 1-0 and the bases loaded. Junior Taylor Floyd minimized the damage in the frame, and went on to deliver 3.0 solid innings of relief to help Tech bounce back from an early two-run deficit to take the lead in the fourth.
Freshman Dru Baker went 3-for-5 on the day with a double, and he jump started the Tech offense in the fourth with a two-out single. Fellow freshman Max Marusak followed with a triple, and sophomore Gabe Holt knocked in the tying run to make it a 3-3 ballgame.
Freshman designated hitter Cole Stillwell continued his hot hand of late with a two-run single, and then junior Josh Jung capped off the five-run inning with one of his three hits on the day to give Tech a 6-3 lead.
Stillwell finished 3-for-5 on the day with two RBI and a season-high three runs. Jung, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with three RBI and his third home run of the season, a two-run opposite field dinger in the eighth that cut Kansas's lead to one at 10-9.
The Red Raiders will take on New Mexico State Tuesday at 7:00