Zeferjahn shines, KU offense explodes in 17-3 win over Texas Tech

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Ryan Zeferjahn said he couldn't feel his fingers during his outing against No. 5 Texas Tech, but it clearly didn't matter.

Zeferjahn threw five innings, surrendering two runs while striking out six as the Jayhawks topped the Red Raiders 17-3 in seven innings to avoid being swept.

The Red Raiders had scored 25 total runs in the first two games of the series.

"The only way we were going to get it stopped was for Zeferjahn to go out there and dominate," Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. "He was spectacular today. [The Red Raiders] lead the nation in batting average, RBIs, slugging percentage, and every other statistical category... that's a tremendous performance by that young man."

Zeferjahn entered Sunday's contest tied for the Big 12 lead in strikeouts (50) and wins.

Offensively, the Jayhawks scored five runs in the 2nd inning, six runs in the 4th inning, and six runs in the 6th inning. Every hitter in the lineup reached base for KU (two players were hitless).

The win gave Price his 700th-career win at the Division I level.

"It was a great win that our team needed really badly," Price said. "I am more excited about that win over Texas Tech than I am about No. 700. It's a great team win for the Jayhawks."