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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as Kansas State won the Big 12 series opener over Tech, 7-5, on Thursday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The loss marked the fifth in a row for Texas Tech (28-25, 6-16 Big 12) against K-State (25-28, 6-16 Big 12) while now putting the Red Raiders in a position where they now must win games two and three of the series against the Wildcats to guarantee themselves a spot in the upcoming Big 12 Championships.
Red Raider starting pitcher Duke von Schamann (6-4) took the loss pitching 7.2 innings allowing five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts while throwing a career-high 108 pitches.
K-State starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh (7-3) earned the win and went eight innings allowing just two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks allowed while tossing 109 pitches.
Wildcat reliever Nate Williams collected his sixth save of the season pitching in the ninth inning while recording the final two outs - both coming with the bases loaded.
A three-run first inning jump-started the Wildcats who never trailed in the contest. Three runs on four hits - two doubles - provided K-State the early cushion.
In the Red Raider half of the first, junior All-American Barrett Barnes doubled to right center field and later scored on designated hitter Scott LeJeune's RBI single to right field. The base hit marked the 200th of Barnes' career as he became the 10th player in Texas Tech history with 200 career base hits. In addition, the double marked the 50th of Barnes' career.
Barnes finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Four other Red Raiders had base hits, but only Barnes tallied a multi-hit game.
Tech had only one run until the eighth when Barnes hit his ninth home run of the season - a solo shot - over the left-center field wall to cut the Wildcats' lead to 5-2. The home run was Barnes' 33rd career homer.
K-State put the game away for good scoring two runs in the ninth inning on an RBI triple to center field from second baseman Ross Kivett and with an RBI single up the middle from center fielder Jared King.
Tech started its rally in the ninth on junior catcher Bo Altobelli's third home run of the season - a solo shot - over the left field wall. A bases loaded hit-by-pitch from second baseman Jamodrick McGruder and a bases-loaded walk from third baseman Reid Redman brought Tech within two runs, 7-5, but a strikeout swinging by Barnes and a fly out to right field from LeJeune ended the game.
K-State and Texas Tech will continue its three-game series on Friday evening with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.