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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.

Larry Hays
Baseball Coach Larry Hays confers with pitcher Shane Wright and catcher Josh Bard in Friday's game with Oklahoma.

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.

Texas Tech 3Oklahoma 5
Ginter 2b50200113Hart 2b50210125
Langen lf30010130Wathan ss40100022
Dillon 1b401001121Shackelford rf41200020
Bard c31101071Bookout dh40000200
Toro rf41300000Flores c20110192
Landreth dh30111200Elsey lf41110020
Buckley 3b30010102Park 1b311002100
Huth ss41100115Montenegro 3b31220002
Price cf20001100Hill cf31000000
Ayers ph10000100Andra p00000000
Wright p00000002Geary p00000000
Stewart p00000000
Frush p00000000
Peck p00000000

Score by innings: R H E
Texas Tech001200000-391
Oklahoma03100001 -5101

E-Huth, Park.
DP-TTU 1, OU 1.
LOB-TTU 7, OU 8.
2B-Ginter, Toro, Huth, Shackleford, Flores, Park, Montenegro.
HR-Elsey, Montenegro.
SB-Hart, Hill.
CS-Toro 2, Flores.
SH-Langen, Montenegro.


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 .

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