On Friday night in Lubbock, Texas, Kansas senior pitcher Thomas Taylor led the way for the Jayhawks in a 4-3 win.
With the win Kansas improved to 23-14 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Texas Tech fell to 17-21 and 4-9 in the Big 12. Friday’s win was the Jayhawks first in Lubbock since 2003.
Texas Tech scored first in the third inning as Jake Barrios brought home Brett Bell. Kevin Kuntz earned a RBI after bring home Ka’iana Eldredge in the sixth inning, tying the score up at one. Texas Tech once again took the lead shortly after in the sixth.
Kansas then struck in the seventh. Dakota Smith and Connor McKay both hit doubles, tying the scored up at two. Eldredge then added a single. Tucker Tharp then proceeded to give the Jayhawks the lead for good with a sacrifice fly, bringing home McKay. Kansas added another run thanks to an error, scoring Eldredge.
Kansas reliever Jordan Pinche picked up the save, his eighth on the season. The win for Taylor was his fourth on the year. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Taylor had five strikeouts, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the all-time list.
The two teams match up again today for game two of the series, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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