Sunday, April 19, 2009

T-Tech holds off Kansas rally, 7-5


— Second baseman Robby Price went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Kansas University’s 7-5 baseball loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at Law Field.

The Red Raiders (18-23, 9-8), who have won the first two games of the series, meet KU (24-14, 7-7) into the 1 p.m. finale today.

KU plated five runs over the final four innings and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs after a two-run double by Price. However, Tech closer Chad Bettis ended the ninth-inning threat by inducing a Brian Heere ground out.

KU’s Buck Afenir cut a 7-0 deficit to 7-2 with his fifth home run of the season in the sixth inning. It was the catcher's 26th career homer, tying him for sixth all-time at KU with Jeff Niemeier. Preston Land followed with a solo home run in the seventh.

Tech's big inning came in the fourth, when the Raiders scored four times and knocked KU starter T.J. Walz out of the game. Walz went 31⁄3 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs with a season-high four walks.

Brett Bollman pitched 42⁄3 innings, holding Tech to one run off one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Afenir collected a pair of base hits, including the home run, while freshman Jason Brunansky also went 2-for-3.


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