No. 13 Oklahoma Edges Texas Tech, 6-5|
April 22, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma reliever Will Savage staved of a late Texas Tech rally in the bottom of the ninth and the 13th-ranked Sooners escaped Dan Law Field with a 6-5 series-clinching win in front of 4,088 fans at Dan Law Field on Saturday evening.
The loss marks Tech's second series loss the Sooners in as many seasons and the Red Raiders now stand at 26-16-1 overall and 6-9-1 in the Big 12. Oklahoma improves to 31-10 and 10-4 in league play.
For the second straight day, Tech had problems escaping the first inning as the Sooners put up two runs in the top of the first. Left fielder Kody Kaiser delivered a two-run home run in the frame that gave Oklahoma the early lead.
Tech responded in its half of the first inning as the Red Raiders plated three runs to earn its first lead of this series. Junior catcher Blair Wilkins gave Tech the lead with a two-RBI double to the gap in left center field.
Tech's lead wouldn't last past the second inning as the Sooners tagged Tech starter Colt Hynes for two runs on three hits.
The see-saw affair continued in the bottom half of the second as Tech chased away OU starter Steven Guerra after notching a single run that tied the score at 4-4. Brian Capps plated Tech's run in the frame with a single to center that scored James Leverton.
Oklahoma reliever John Brownell put a halt to the Tech offense over the next six innings as he held the Red Raiders to just four hits and totaled five strikeouts.
Oklahoma first baseman Kevin Smith plated what turned out to be the winning runs on a two-RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
The Red Raiders rallied in the bottom of the ninth as Tech loaded the bases with one out and Brian Capps drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center. Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick grounded out for the final out of the game and left runners stranded at second and third.
John Brownell (2-0) earned the win for Oklahoma by tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings and added five strikeouts. Aaron Odom (3-3) suffered the loss for Tech in 3 1/3 innings of relief and gave up the two-RBI single in the seventh.
Texas Tech will try and steal the series finale from Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon when the two teams meet for a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field.