Texas Tech Drops Series Finale 8-2 Against No. 27 Oklahoma|
March 25, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech dropped its series finale 8-2 against No. 27 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (15-10, 1-5 Big 12) dropped just its third home game of the season while the Sooners (15-10, 2-4 Big 12) picked up its first conference series win of the year.
Sunday's contest also saw 3,472 fans in attendance, which gave the three-game series against the Sooners a total of 10,936 fans - Tech's most in a three-game home series since March 26-28, 2010 against No. 8 Texas (11,484).
Red Raider starting pitcher Trey Masek (1-2) took the loss in his first start of the season pitching 3.2 innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Oklahoma reliever Steven Okert (3-2) picked up the win pitching four scoreless innings after OU starting pitcher Jonathan Gray exited after pitching 4.2 innings with four strikeouts. Okert allowed three walks and four base hits.
Texas Tech was led at the plate by junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder, freshman third baseman Bryant Burleson and junior left fielder Brennan Moore who all went 2-for-4 in the game. Texas Tech finished with 11 base hits.
The Sooners grabbed an early 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in the second, one in the third and one in the top of the fourth inning. Tech cut the Sooners' lead in half scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on RBI singles from junior first baseman Scott LeJeune and junior catcher Bo Altobelli.
That would be all the runs Tech would score while leaving the bases loaded in the fifth and stranding runners at third base in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Oklahoma added a run in the seventh and three in the ninth while finishing with 13 base hits as eight of its nine starters had at least one hit in the game.
The Red Raiders used a total of seven pitchers in the game - six relievers - as David Paiz (2.2 IP), Shane Broyles (0.2 IP), Andre Wheeler (0.2 IP), Aaron Corwin (0.1 IP), Ben Flora (0.0 IP) and Jerad McCrummen (1.0 IP).
Texas Tech will complete its six-game homestand on Tuesday, March 27 with a midweek game against New Mexico State at 4 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.