McElroy, Blair Lead Texas Tech Past Oklahoma State|
April 9, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior right-hander Tanner McElroy pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief while shortstop Cameron Blair added three hits and a solo home run to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 12-8 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win evens this three-game series at 1-1 as the Cowboys took the opener 6-4 on Friday night. Texas Tech improves to 21-11 and 4-6 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma State falls to 24-12 and 5-6 in league action.
After allowing Oklahoma State to take a 1-0 run on a solo homer in the top of the first, the Red Raiders responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame. Tech scored all seven runs of its runs with two outs in the inning and the Raiders pounded out eight straight singles in the scoring rally.
The game was a slugfest for the next three innings as Oklahoma State scored six runs in the second and third while Tech added a single run in the second to maintain the lead at 8-7.
Tech reliever Tanner McElroy replaced starter Brian Wyatt in the third inning and went on to pitch 4 2/3 shutout innings allowing just one hit and struckout six. The win was the first of the season for McElroy as he improved to 1-1.
Senior shortstop Cameron Blair picked up his 10th home run of the season in the sixth when he hit a solo dinger over the left field fence. Blair became the first Red Raider since Nick Blankenship to tally double-digit home runs in back-to-back seasons. Blakenship hit 10 home runs in 2001 before finishing his career with 14 in 2002.
Tech tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to push the lead to 12-7.
Oklahoma State led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run from catcher Jeff Parrish and then loaded the bases with two outs. A diving catch by Tech center fielder Cody Fuller on a fly ball hit by shortstop Chris Gutierrez ended the OSU comeback bid.
Rick Rivas (1-3) was saddled with the loss for Oklahoma State as he gave up seven earned runs on seven hits in just 2/3 of an inning. Tech southpaw Carleton Hargrove picked up his fourth save of the season as he tossed the final two innings allowing one run on three hits.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will play the rubber-match of this series on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Dan Law Field ticket window beginning at 11 a.m.