Bat Cats take game one against Red Raiders

Freshman infielder Cameron Thompson dives for first base during the game against TCU at Tointon Family Stadium on March 31, 2017. (File Photo by Maddie Domnick | The Collegian)

The Kansas State baseball team got their series off on the right foot Thursday night as they beat Texas Tech 5-3 inside Tointon Family Stadium for their second Big 12 win this season.

The Wildcats were paced by freshman outfielder Will Brennan who had three hits, one run and one RBI.

K-State starting pitcher, junior Justin Heskett, gave up just three runs in six innings. Senior Nick Jones and freshman Tyler Eckberg finished the job in the bullpen for the Wildcats in the win.

The Wildcats struck first in the game, as Brennan hit a double and scored two batters later. The Red Raiders bounced back and tied the game in the top of the third.

K-State came back and scored one run in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth with two outs, K-State got a walk by junior outfielder Hanz Harker and then a double by senior infielder Josh Ethier gave K-State a two run lead. Harker scored two of the five runs for K-State.

Also with two outs in the fifth, K-State rallied again to score two more runs, which gave the Wildcats a 5-1 lead at the halfway mark of the game.

The Red Raiders did get a run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but it was not enough, as the Wildcats held off a Texas Tech comeback for a 5-3 win.

Texas Tech will have to try harder Friday night, as they left 10 men on base and also had 10 hits in the losing effort.

The series will continue on Friday night at 6:30 as the Wildcats look to win two straight games in the Big 12 for the first time this season and the Red Raiders try to even the series up.