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Mar. 29, 1997

Tech Baseballers Now Share Big 12 Lead With Oklahoma

Raiders face Oklahoma State again Sunday at 2 p.m.

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Joe Dillion hit two homers and drove in five runs in the final two innings Saturday as Texas Tech nipped Oklahoma State 12-10 in a Big XII match-up. The Red Raiders are now tied with Oklahoma for the Big XII lead with 8-3 (.727) records, a half game ahead of Oklahoma State with a 10-4 (.714) record.

Dillon stroked his 14th homer in the seventh inning as the Red Raiders forged a 9-9 tie. The Cowboys regained the lead in the eighth on when Jeff Guile opened the eighth with a homer to right field.

In the bottom of the frame, Jose Alvarez walk and Jake Rinehart came on to pinch run. With one out Keith Ginter walked and then, with two outs, Dillon uncorked his second homer of the day to left center.

In the ninth winning pitcher Zach Stewart (1-1) got the first two outs before Bill Gasparino singled and advanced to second when the ball bounced away form Brandon Toro in right. But Josh Holliday grounded to short to end the game.

The victory by Tech was its first over OSU since March 14, 1984. OSU, however, still owns the overall series lead at 6-4.

The Cowboys jumped in front early with Rusty McNamara's RBI double and Jeff Guiel's triple in the first. Tech's Keith Ginter scored on an error and Brandon Toro had an run-scoring single to right to knot the score.

Tech starter Jimmy Frush, who was bidding for his 20th career win, was knocked out of the box in the second as he surrendered doubles to Tony Lucca, Nathan Kaup and Gasparino plus Rusty Puffinbarger's walk in the second, when he was knocked out without retiring a batter. OSU added a single run in the third as Lucca homered.

Tech's Jason Landreth had an RBI double to left center in the fourth and Josh Bard had an RBI single to narrow the gap to 6-4. Bard homered following Dillon's single to short and Landreth's walk in the sixth, giving Tech a 7-6 lead

The Cowboys came back with bats ablaze in the seventh as Guiel single and Tony Roossien homer to right and then Ted Salhani homered to center and it was OSU 9-7. After Dillon's homer, the Cowboys got a run back in the eighth on Guiel's homer, which brought Stewart out of the bull pen, where he allowed one hit and struck out four in recording his first win of the year.

The teams will meet again Sunday a 2 p.m. at Lubbock Dan Law Field.

Oklahoma State   231 000 310    10-14-1
Texas Tech       200 203 23x    12-16-2
Thom Dreier, Neil Forsyhthe (3), Eric Hendrickson (7), Brian
Thomas (8) and Thom Dreler; Jimmy Frush, Shane Wright (2), Jimmy
Hooper (7), Zach Stewart (8) and Josh Bard. WP -- Stewart (1-1);
LP -- Thomas (0-1). homers: Jeff Guiel (12), Tony Roossien (9),
Ted Salhani (7), Tech --Joe Dillon 2 (15), Josh Barid (6).

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