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Game 1

Smith Powers Texas Tech To 16-5 Rout Of Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Matt Smith went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a pair of home runs to lead Texas Tech to a 16-5 rout of Kansas State on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. The game was called after seven innings due to the Big 12 run-rule policy in doubleheaders.

The win marks Tech's 20th of the season as the Red Raiders improve to 20-10 overall and to 4-3 in the Big 12. Kansas State dropped to 18-8 and 1-3 in league play.

Junior catcher Matt Smith got the Red Raiders off to a good start in the top of the first innings. Smith laced a two-run home run against the wind to left field that gave the Red Raiders an early 2-0 lead. James Leverton reached on one-out walk to set up Smith's 10th multiple-RBI game of the season.

The Red Raiders added to their lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs that gave them a 4-0 advantage. With the bases loaded and two outs, James Leverton brought both of the runs on an infield single.

Texas Tech took a commanding 9-0 lead in the top of the third inning as the Red Raiders plated five runs on a pair of doubles by Taylor Ashby and Doug Thennis and a big two-run home run by Jason Seefeld. Seefeld's home run was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.

Tech starter AJ Ramos, who pitched one inning in last night's suspended game, ran out of gas in the bottom of the fifth inning as he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks. With the bases loaded, he walked in back-to-back runs before being replaced by left-handed reliever Trey Schurr. Schurr, however, couldn't stop the bleeding as Nate Tenbrink drove in two more runs with a single through the right side to pull the Wildcats within four (9-5).

Matt Smith came up big for Tech again in the top of the sixth when he belted his second home run of the game, a two-run blast to straight away center. The home run pushed the Tech lead back to six runs at 11-5.

Texas Tech plated five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 16-5 lead and that forced the game to end after the seventh inning due to the Big 12 policy regarding conference doubleheaders.

Sophomore right-hander AJ Ramos improved to 6-1 on the year after logging 4 2/3 innings of work. Ramos walked a career-high six batters on the afternoon and gave up five runs but will also be credited with two starts for the weekend as he pitched one inning on Friday night. Chase Bayuk (2-2) was tagged with the loss for Kansas State after giving up eight runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings.

Game 2

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State erased a two-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated Texas Tech 4-3 on Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.

Tonight's game was actually the game that the two teams originally started on Friday evening but was suspended due to heavy rainfall. Tech defeated Kansas State 16-5 earlier in the afternoon and the series is now tied a 1-1. The rubber match is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Kansas State was the first to strike in the resumed game that began at 6:02 p.m. Eddie Vasquez led off the inning with a double to right-center and Justin Bloxom brought him home with a two-out double that gave KSU a 1-0 lead.

Matt Smith's hot hitting continued in the top of the sixth as he blasted his third home run of the day to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead. Sophomore right fielder Roger Kieschnick led off the inning with a double to center and Matt Smith delivered the first offering from Brad Hutt over the left field wall.

Roger Kieschnick extended the Tech lead to 3-1 in the top of the seventh with an RBI single through the right side. Chris Hall and James Leverton picked up a pair of back-to-back two out hits to help set up the RBI opportunity for Kieschnick.

Kansas State rallied with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as the Wildcats scored three runs on five straight hits. Pinch hitter Jordan Cruz plated the go ahead run with a bloop infield single that scored Byron Wiley from third.

Colt Hynes was charged with the loss as he surrendered all four runs on seven hits through 6 2/3 innings of work. Justin Murray picked up the win in relief for Kansas State as he tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings. Daniel Edwards pitched a shutout ninth for his eighth save of the season.


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