May 16, 1997
Oklahoma Takes Early Lead, Holds on to Beat Texas Tech
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma took an early 3-0 lead over Texas Tech in the second inning and made it last recording a 5-3 victory over the regular season champion Red Raiders. Jose Montenegro drove in the first two Sooner runs on his second inning two-run home run.
After adding another run in the frame, Texas Tech scored once in the third before the Sooners responded with another run in the bottom of the third. The Red Raiders pull within one scoring twice in the fourth, but Justin Elsey's eighth inning solo home run game the Sooners an insurance run for the final margin of 5-3.
Jeff Andra won his tenth game of the year versus four losses in pitching seven innings allowing just three runs on eight hits and three walks. He recorded six strikeouts. Geoff Geary pitched two innings of one-hit relief for his eighth save.
Shane Wright took the loss for Texas Tech pitching six and a third innings allowing four runs on eight hits. He struckout two and did not issue a walk.
The top hitter for the Red Raiders was right fielder Brandon Toro. Toro went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.
Oklahoma advances to play Missouri in the 3 pm semifinal on Saturday. Texas Tech will play the loser of the Texas A&M-Oklahoma State game at 11 am.
DP-TTU 1, OU 1.
LOB-TTU 7, OU 8.
2B-Ginter, Toro, Huth, Shackleford, Flores, Park, Montenegro.
CS-Toro 2, Flores.
Winner-Andra, 10-4. Loser-Wright, 10-2. Save-Geary, 8.
HBP-by Wright 4 (Flores 2, Park, Hill).
Ump-Jenkins, Hall, Mascorro, Eaves.
Start-3:09. Time-2:38. Att-3800 .