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K-State handcuffed in loss to Raiders

It wasn’t like Kansas State’s Baseball team didn’t have their chances on Sunday but when the need for the big hit arose, the Wildcats simply just couldn’t produce.

K-State stranded 12 runners including leaving the bases loaded in the 5th inning and the tying runs on the base in the 9th as 19th-ranked Texas Tech took the Big 12 series with a 4-1 victory on a drizzly raw afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead against Wildcat starter Nate Griep (3-2) on a wind-blown home run to right field by Tyler Neslony before K-State tied it in the bottom of the inning on a balk that allowed Tyler Moore to cross the plate. However, Tech would score a single run in the fourth and tack on two more in the sixth, more than enough for two Texas Tech relievers to battle out of late-inning jams to give the Red Raiders their 25th win of the season and ninth in conference play.

K-State for the third time in the last four Big 12 weekend series won the first game but dropped the next two and lost Sunday’s decision despite out-hitting Tech 10-9.

Kansas State (18-20, 5-10) begins a six-game road trip on Tuesday with a trip to Lincoln to take on Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won the first meeting between the two teams in Manhattan on April 7 5-4 in 10 innings. First Pitch at Hawks Field is set for 6:35 p.m.

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