MANHATTAN, Kansas – No. 4 Texas Tech baseball fell into an early 6-0 hole and was unable to recover as Kansas State took a 7-2 victory on Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.
A day after Tech handed the Wildcats (14-11, 1-4) their worst loss of the season, K-State responded Friday with two home runs in the first inning and three for the game to even the three-game set against the Red Raiders (20-5, 3-2).
Left-hander Patrick Monteverde (5-1), who hadn't allowed a home run entering the start, allowed two to the Wildcats in the bottom of the first as K-State built a 3-0 lead. The Cats tallied three more runs in the third off two doubles and two singles and ended Monteverde's day after four frames.
After belting six home runs and a season-high 10 extra base hits on Thursday, The Red Raiders went just 1-for-10 with runners on base Friday. Tech had its leadoff man aboard in three of the first four innings, but a pair of double plays and a pick off at second stymied a Tech offense that left nine men on base.
While the Red Raiders had trouble stacking hits together, eight different players tallied a hit on the day. Cal Conley and Braydon Runion, who subbed in for Big 12 Player of the Week Dru Baker in the third inning, were responsible for Tech's two RBI. Dylan Neuse and Easton Murrell both doubled for Tech's lone extra-base hits in the contest.
K-State starter Carson Seymour (2-2) limited the Red Raiders to two runs on seven hits, striking out six while allowing five walks and hitting a batter. He exited the game with the bases loaded and two away in the top of the sixth, but K-State called upon closer Tyler Eckberg, who posted a strikeout to end the threat.
Tech did its only damage on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Cole Stilwell drew a one-out walk, and Dylan Neuse followed with a double to right. Conley got Tech on the board with an RBI ground out to second, and Runion recorded an RBI single that cut the K-State lead to 6-2.
The Wildcats, however, added a solo home run in the sixth and rode the arm of Eckberg to close it out.
First baseman Dylan Phillips went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead K-State, while designated hitter Chris Ceballos and left fielder Cameron Uselton also went deep. Short stop Nick Goodwin and right fielder Zach Kokoska also tallied multi-hit games for the Wildcats.
Right-hander Josh Sanders gave Tech a lift out of the bullpen as the freshman came on in the seventh and got a foul pop-up to strand the bases loaded. Sanders went on to strikeout the side in the eighth to establish a career high of three strikeouts.
The two clubs will face off in the series finale on Saturday at 4 p.m. Left-hander Mason Montgomery (1-0, 4.00 ERA) will get the start against K-State right-hander Connor McCullough (1-1, 3.23 ERA). Coverage will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and on the radio from the Texas Tech Sports Network.