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Mar. 28, 1997

Oklahoma State Defeats Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - In a meeting of the first and second place teams in the Big 12 Conference, Oklahoma State defeated Texas Tech, 6-4, in from of a crowd of 4,910 at Tech's Dan Law Field.

The largest regular season crowd in the history of the stadium watched offensive explosions from both teams in the first inning and a nip and tuck battle throughout the final eight as Oklahoma State took over first place in the conference.

"This game should have been on television," Oklahoma State coach Tom Holliday said. "This is what we expected Big 12 baseball to be. It was a great night. The fans were great and every play was critical."

Oklahoma State put three runs on the board in the top half of the first on a Rusty McNamera two-run home run and Jay McCullough's RBi single, scoring Josh Holliday. Tech followed suit with an RBI single by designated hitter Joe Dillon that scored Jason Landreth from third base and a two-run home run by catcher Josh Bard.

The Red Raiders jumped on top 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jason Huth scored from second base on a Keith Ginter single, but that would be all the runs Tech could manufacture as Cowboy starter Scott Williamson would allow only one more hit through his next four innings of work.

Holliday tied the game by scoring on a single by third baseman Nathan Kaup in the fifth inning, and gave Oklahoma State the lead in the seventh inning with an RBI double that scored Jeff Guiel.

Pitcher Marcus Davis struck out two of three batters in the ninth to preserve the win for the Cowboys.

The leadoff batter for Oklahoma State reached base six out of nine times on the night. This resulted in a high pitch count for Tech starter Jason Gooding by the sixth inning and forced Tech coach Larry Hays to turn to his relief staff earlier than he anticipated.

"You've got to give Oklahoma State credit, they kept the pressure on us," Hays said. "Pitching is going to be the turning point in the rest of this series."

Oklahoma State now holds a one-game advantage in the series which will determine who will be atop the Big 12 at week's end. But Coach Holliday says that the rest of the series will not get any easier.

"The first game of every (Big 12) series we've played has been so hotly contested that I have seen some empty second games," Holliday said. "It will be awfully tough to expect these kids to come out and play with this enthusiasm tomorrow."

Oklahoma State U. 6 (23-7)
Texas Tech 4 (23-4)

                  AB  R  H RBI                         AB  R  H RBI
B Gasparino 2b     4  1  3  0        K. Ginter 2b       5  0  2  1
Jeff Guiel rf      5  1  1  0        J. Landreth lf     3  1  0  0
R McNamara lf/3b   5  1  1  2        J. Dillon dh       4  0  1  0
J. Holliday c      3  2  2  1        C. Shuffield 1b    1  1  0  1
Jamey Wood dh      2  0  0  0        C. Ayers 1b        3  0  0  0
Ryan Folmar ph/dh  2  1  1  0        Josh Bard c        4  1  3  2
Nathan Kaup 3b     3  0  1  1        Brandon Toro rf    3  0  0  0
T. Roossien ph/lf  2  0  1  1        J. Oliveras ss     4  0  0  0
J.McCullough 1b    3  0  1  1        J. Alvarez 3b      3  0  0  0
Tony Lucca ph/1b   2  0  1  0        S. Langen ph       1  0  1  0
Sky Checotah cf    1  0  0  0        Jason Huth cf      4  1  1  0
Eric Nelson ss     3  0  0  0        J. Gooding p       0  0  0  0
Ted Salhani ph     1  0  0  0        B. Ralston p       0  0  0  0
Cory Burton ss     0  0  0  0        Z. Stewart p       0  0  0  0
S Williamson p     0  0  0  0
M. Davis p         0  0  0  0
Totals......      36  6 12  6        Totals......      35  4  8  4
Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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Oklahoma State U.     300 010 101   -  6 12  1
Texas Tech            300 100 000   -  4  8  0
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E - B Gasparino. DP - Texas Tech 1. LOB - Okla. State 10, Texas Tech 6. 2B - J. Holliday 2(11). HR - R McNamara(11), Josh Bard(5). SB - Jeff Guiel(10), Ryan Folmar(1), Sky Checotah(3), J. Landreth(12), Brandon Toro(13). CS - B Gasparino, Sky Checotah.

                       IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF Fly Gnd
S Williamson W 4-1    8.0  7  4  4  2 11   0  1  0  0   31 33   5  7
M. Davis S,3          1.0  1  0  0  0  2   0  0  0  0    4  4   0  1
J. Gooding            5.1  7  4  3  5 10   2  0  0  0   22 27   2  3
B. Ralston L 2-1      2.0  3  1  1  2  4   1  0  0  1    8 10   1  0
Z. Stewart            1.2  2  1  1  0  2   0  0  0  0    6  6   0  2


WP - J. Gooding 2, B. Ralston. BK - S Williamson. PB - Josh Bard. Strikeouts - B Gasparino, Jeff Guiel, R McNamara 3, Jamey Wood 2, Ryan Folmar, Nathan Kaup, J.McCullough, Tony Lucca, Sky Checotah, Eric Nelson 3, Ted Salhani, K. Ginter 3, J. Dillon, C. Ayers, Brandon Toro, J. Oliveras 4, J. Alvarez 2, Jason Huth. Walks - B Gasparino, J. Holliday 2, Jamey Wood, Sky Checotah 3, J. Landreth, Brandon Toro.

Umpires - Home:Rick Hall 1st:Clay Tarpley 3rd:Greg Oros
Start: 7 p.m.
Time: 3:04
Attendance: 4910

Game Notes:
Jason Gooding fanned 10 batters for the third time he had walked only six all season but issued five free passes ... 4,910 was the third largest crowd ever to ever see a game at Dan Law Field ... Chris Shuffield injuried a shoulder tripping as he rounded second on Bard's homer

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