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Red Raiders Fall 10-1 in Series Opener at No. 7 Oklahoma

Stephen Hagen's RBI double in the first scored Texas Tech's only run of the game


Stephen Hagen's RBI double in the first scored Texas Tech's only run of the game

April 1, 2011

Box Score |  Notes | video camera Post-Game Interview

NORMAN, Okla. - Texas Tech scored first, but it was No. 7 Oklahoma who scored seven runs combined in the third and fourth innings to help put away the Red Raiders 10-1 on Friday night in the Big 12 series opener at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Texas Tech (17-9, 4-3 BIG 12) dropped just its second road game this season while the Sooners (20-6, 3-3 BIG 12) notched their ninth consecutive series opening win against the Red Raiders dating back to 2003.

Texas Tech freshman David Paiz (3-1) took the loss in his first career Big 12 start as he pitched four-plus innings allowing nine hits, nine runs (seven earned) with one walk and two strikeouts while tossing a career-high 90 total pitches.

Michael Rocha, who leads the nation with a 7-0 record, was impressive throwing a complete game allowing just three hits - zero after the third - with five strikeouts and one walk while giving up just one run to the Red Raiders.

Tech took a brief 1-0 lead as Jamodrick McGruder reached base safely for the 30th consecutive game with a single to right-center field to lead-off the game. McGruder then stole second base and scored on Stephen Hagen's RBI double down the left-field line.

Beside a Barrett Barnes single down the left-field line in the third inning - extending his hit streak to 13 games - that would be all of the offense Texas Tech would get the remainder of the game.

Rocha retired 14 consecutive Red Raiders from the third to seventh inning. A hit-by-pitch to Tech outfielder Mason Randolph interrupted Rocha's streak which continued by retiring Tech's final seven batters of the game.

The senior right-handed pitcher recorded 21-of-27 outs by either strikeouts or by fly-ball outs. Only six of Tech's outs were made via groundouts.

Tech sophomore Aaron Corwin pitched a career-high three innings in relief while recording a career-high four strikeouts. Left-handed reliever Scott Erzinger pitched the eighth while striking out one Sooner in a perfect inning of relief.

The Red Raiders and Sooners will continue their three-game series on Saturday with a 7 p.m. first-pitch, which will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Kyle Petersen (analyst) calling the action from L. Dale Mitchell Park.

 

 

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