No. 27 Oklahoma Evens Series with 5-3 Win in Game Two

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 No. 27 Oklahoma 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 10 1
 Texas Tech 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0

W: Overton (4-0) L: Neely (2-2) S: None

HR: TTU - Barnes (5)


March 24, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech came within a run late, but eventually fell to No. 27 Oklahoma 5-3 on Saturday evening in front of a near-sellout 4,187 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Texas Tech (15-9, 1-4 Big 12) scored a run in the eighth inning but stranded two base runners in the frame while the Sooners (14-10, 1-4 Big 12) evened the series with 10 base hits as left-handed starting pitcher Dillon Overton (4-0) pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in the victory.

Senior right-handed pitcher John Neely(2-2) pitched a career-high seven innings in the loss for Texas Tech while allowing four runs on seven hits with one strikeout and a walk.

Texas Tech was led at the plate by junior Barrett Barnes (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) and junior Jamodrick McGruder(2-for-4, run).

Three of Oklahoma's five runs came in the first two innings as the Sooners tallied a double, two singles and a walk that led to taking a 3-1 lead after two innings.

Barnes put Tech on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with his fifth home run of the season - 29th of his career - with a solo shot over the left field wall.

The Red Raiders cut OU's lead to a run, 3-2, in the third on an RBI single by Barnes to score lead-off hitter Jamodrick McGruder, who led off the inning with a single to left field.

After OU added a run in the fourth, Tech cut the Sooners lead to a run with an error by OU shortstop Caleb Bushyhead in the bottom of the eighth inning that allowed Brennan Mooreto score all the way from second base.

Oklahoma added a run in the top of the ninth before Tech went scoreless in the bottom half of the inning.

Oklahoma was led by second baseman Jack Mayfield (3-for-4, double, RBI), catcher Dylan Neal (2-for-4, RBI) and left fielder Brian Brightwell (2-for-4, RBI).

Texas Tech and Oklahoma will play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday, March 25 with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.




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