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