On Saturday evening, the Kansas Jayhawks thanks to the arm of sophomore pitcher Wes Benjamin picked up a 6-1 win over Texas Tech.
Kansas improved to 24-14 overall and 9-5 in Big 12 conference play. The Jayhawks are inching towards the top of the conference, as they are right behind first place Oklahoma in percentage points. Texas Tech fell to 17-22 overall and 4-10.
With the score at 1-1 and a pitchers duel in the works, Jayhawks batters came alive in the seventh inning. In all nine Jayhawks batters were sent to the plate in the inning. Michael Suiter earned the first RBI off a walk with the bases previously loaded. Alex DeLeon then got hit by a pitch and suddenly the score was 3-1. Then Jordan Dreiling hammered a two-run double, putting the score at 5-1. Dakota Smith brought home the sixth run with a sacrifice fly.
Benjamin tossed seven innings in the game, giving up five hits and one earned run with seven strike-outs. Frank Duncan pitched the final two innings for Kansas. Red Raiders starting pitcher Trey Masek lasted six innings, giving up only one run. Reliever Andre Wheeler earned the loss with 1/3 of an inning work, giving up two earned runs.
Game three of the series as Kansas looks for the sweep, begins today at 1:00 p.m.
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