Red Raiders take Game 2 of baseball series

German Fajardo pitches the ball on April 1, 2023, against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Wildcats took a 7-1 win over the Mountaineers in Tointon Family Stadium. (Archive photo by Avery Johnson I Collegian Media Group)

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After a close victory over the Red Raiders on Friday night, Texas Tech returned the favor on Saturday afternoon, taking down Kansas State baseball 5-2 behind a nine strikeout performance for Red Raider pitcher Trendan Parish.

Parish allowed just two runs, both unearned, in five innings of work on Saturday and then handed it over to the bullpen. Brandon Beckel and Kyle Robinson each pitched two scoreless innings to secure the victory.

K-State, 27-16 (10-6), could only muster six hits in the ball game along with single runs in the first and third innings. Texas Tech errors contributed to those runs, particularly a throwing error in the third inning that allowed third baseman Kaelen Culpepper to reach base and give the Wildcats a short-lived 2-1 lead.

The big blow came in the sixth as German Fajardo served up a two-run homer to shortstop Tracer Lopez, giving the Red Raiders a three-run lead at 5-2. 

Fajardo, 2-1 on the season now following Saturday’s defeat, threw five and two-thirds on Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw a season-high 113 pitches in the loss.

The series finale is 1 p.m. on Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.