Lubbock, Texas A year ago, Tyson Corley was pitching for Mill Valley High against such Kaw Valley League foes as Tonganoxie, Perry-Lecompton and Basehor-Linwood.
On Saturday, given his first chance to start for Kansas University's slumping baseball team, Corley turned in a solid outing as KU outlasted Texas Tech, 13-7, at Don Law Field.
"I could not be happier with Tyson's first start," KU coach Ritch Price said. "We hoped that he could go out there and give us four or five good innings, but today he was special and kept us in a position to win the game."
Corley, who pitched last summer for the Lawrence Raiders American Legion team, went seven innings, gave four hits and walked only two Red Raiders. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound right-hander allowed five runs, but two were unearned.
The victory snapped the Jayhawks' six-game losing streak and improved their overall record to 25-20. KU moved to 4-10 in the Big 12 Conference, but remained in last place, one game back of Texas A&M.
Kansas jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI double by A.J. Van Slyke and an RBI single by Sean Richardson. Then Kansas exploded for seven runs in the fourth.
Matt Baty and Gus Milner each rapped two-run doubles in the big frame. Jared Schweitzer, John Allman and Erik Morrison chipped in with an RBI apiece.
The teams will conclude their series at 1 p.m. today.