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Saturday, April 6, 2019

No. 11 Red Raiders blast past Jayhawks

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No. 11 Texas Tech used 16 hits to power past the Kansas baseball team Saturday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park. The Jayhawks suffered a 19-4 loss, dropping their second game of the series with the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech (21-8, 5-3 Big 12) hit up Kansas (15-15, 1-7 Big 12) starter Ryan Zeferjahn (3-2) for nine runs off five hits, four walks and two hit batters in 3 1/3 innings of work. Zeferjahn never found his rhythm on the mound and got knocked out of the game in the fourth inning, where he gave up seven runs. Texas Tech went on to score six more runs before the end of the fourth.

Sophomore third baseman Skyler Messinger sparked a Jayhawk rally in the sixth inning after he roped a triple off Red Raider starter Caleb Kilian (4-2). Freshman outfielder Casey Burnham followed with a RBI-single before Blake Shinkle and Dylan Ditzenberger drew back-to-back walks.

Junior Brooks Asher and redshirt-sophomore Kaimana Souza-Paaluhi came off the bench and connected for back-to-back singles. Sophomore Blaine Ray drew the RBI-walk and rounded out the four-spot and scoring for Kansas.

The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.

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