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May 17, 1997

Texas Tech Rallies to Beat OSU

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Texas Tech scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to comeback from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Oklahoma State 7-6 and advance to the finals of the 1997 Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

Joe Dillon lead off the frame with his school record 32nd home run of the year. After Tech tied it up at four each, the go-ahead runs scored on Keith Ginter's two RBI triple. A Jason Landreth RBI single scored Ginter for Tech's seventh run.

RealAudio: FANSonly's Tom Sheridan interviews first baseman Joe Dillon and Tech coach Larry Hays.

Oklahoma State mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs on Billy Gasparino's two RBI double. Two singles in the ninth inning were erased on a pickoff and a game-ending double play.

After slumping early in the tournament, Rusty McNamara continued his hot streak with a first inning two run homer that put OSU up 2-0. Gasparino and Ryan Folmar each went 2-for-4 on the night.

Tech's late innings pitching keyed the win Jimmy Frush, Zach Stewart and Brad Ralston combine on the final five and two-thirds innings allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk. Frush picked up the win to improve to 5-3 while Ralston earned his seventh save.

Neil Forsythe (0-1) took the loss for OSU pitching just a third of an inning yielding four runs on five hits in the sixth inning.

Oklahoma State will face cross-state rival Oklahoma in an elimination game at 1 pm Sunday. The winner of the OU-OSU game advances to face Texas Tech in the one game championship at 7 pm.

Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma State 6

Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma State 6


Texas Tech 7Oklahoma State 6
NameABRHRBIBBSOPOANameABRHRBIBBSOPOA
Ginter 2b51220003Gasparino 2b41221222
Landreth lf40111120Holliday 3b-c50100132
Dillon 1b31112082McNamara rf-3b51120012
Bard c510001110Guiel cf40100330
Toro rf51210020Folmar dh41210100
Buckley 3b41010201Lucca 1b310011141
Smith dh30001000Salhani lf32101100
Price pr-dh00000000Puffinbarger c10000020
Huth ss41210122Roosien ph-rf10110010
Rinehart cf21101010McCullough ph-rf20000100
Therneau p00000000Burton ss30100112
Frush p00000011Steelmon ph10000000
Stewart p00000000Nelson ss00000002
Ralston p00000002Dreier p00000002
Forsythe p00000000
Nina p00000000
Davis p00000000
Totals35797552711Totals3661063112713


Score by innings: R H E
Texas Tech000106000-791
Oklahoma State200202000-6101

E-Rinehart, Burton.
DP-TTU 1, OSU 1.
LOB-TTU 7, OSU 6.
2B-Toro, Gasparino, Guiel, Roosien.
3B-Ginter.
HR-Dillon, McNamara, Folmar.
SB-Toro.
SH-Rinehart.


< td align=left>Davis
Texas TechIPHRERBBSOOklahoma StateIPHRERBBSO
Therneau3.144426Dreier5.132132
Frush2.012212Forsythe0.134400
Stewart0.110001Nina1.231122
Ralston3.1400021.200001



Winner-Frush, 5-3. Loser-Forsythe, 0-1. Save-Ralston, 7.
WP-Dreier, Forsythe, Nina.
BK-Therneau, Dreier.
Ump-Jenkins, Eaves, Davis, Hendricks.
Start-7:36. Time-3:08. Att-8600.



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