Raiders Rally For 10-9 Win Over OSU|
April 10, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Trey Stewart's two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth capped a seven-run rally as Texas Tech defeated Oklahoma State 10-9 on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win clinches the series for Texas Tech 2-1 and the Red Raiders improve to 22-11 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play. The loss drops Oklahoma State to 24-13 and 5-7 in league play.
Oklahoma State broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth inning as the Cowboys exploded for six runs on five hits and one Tech fielding error. A dropped foul ball by Cooper Fouts prolonged the life of third baseman Rusty Ryal who eventually doubled to lead off the frame. An infield single by designated hitter Corey Brown gave the Cowboys runners at first and second with no outs and forced Tech into making a pitching change. Tech brought in left-handed reliever Carleton Hargrove to face OSU catcher Jeff Parrish and Parrish deposited the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Cowboys a 6-3 lead. The Cowboys added three more runs in the frame to push their lead to 9-3.
The OSU lead wouldn't last long as the Red Raiders mounted a big comeback in the eighth to take the lead at 10-9. A three-run home run by junior left fielder Chris Williams brought Tech with two and a two-out single to left field by first baseman Trey Stewart gave Tech the go ahead run. Texas Tech plated all seven of its runs on four hits and five walks by OSU relievers.
The Tech comeback marked the second time in as many seasons that the Red Raiders have overcome a big deficit late in the Sunday game to clinch the series. Last season in Stillwater, Texas Tech was down 7-2 in the top of the ninth before scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for an 11-8 win.
Oklahoma State used the long ball to take an early 3-0 lead as the Cowboys got a two-run homer by center fielder Steve Patak in the third and a solo dinger by Brown in the fourth.
Tech plated its first run of the game in the fifth when Williams scored on a RBI ground-out by Cooper Fouts. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when he belted a two-run homer over the left field fence. The home run was Blair's 11th of the season and the third of this series.
Junior right-hander Zach Butler (5-0) earned the win in relief as he went the final two innings allowing two earned runs on two hits and struckout two. Butler retired the OSU lineup in order in the top of the ninth to seal the win. First baseman and right-hander reliever Adam Carr (0-1) took the loss for Oklahoma State as he allowed two earned runs on one hit and walked three in 2/3 of an inning.
Texas Tech returns to action on Wednesday afternoon as the Red Raiders have added a midweek game against Hardin-Simmons University. Tech will battle the Cowboys at 3 p.m. at Dan Law Field.