Texas Tech Evens Series With 14-4 Win Over No. 13 Oklahoma|
April 24, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior third baseman Josh Haney went 4-for-6 with five RBI and Texas Tech tied a school and Big 12 record with 10 stolen bases in a 14-4 win over No. 13 Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,237 fans at Dan Law Field.
The win improves Texas Tech to 26-13 overall and 7-6 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma falls to 26-15 and 13-4.
Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning as shortstop Ryan Rohlinger got things rolling with a lead-off solo home run that went sailing over the left field fence. Brenan Herrera reached on a fielder's choice and scored the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Lance.
Texas Tech answered Oklahoma's two run offering in the bottom of the inning as David Purcey loaded the bases and then gave Tech its first run when he hit catcher Cooper Fouts, allowing Jose Delgado to walk in from third. Junior shortstop Cameron Blair tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Madison Edwards.
Texas Tech took the lead for good in the bottom of the third thanks to the bat of senior third baseman Josh Haney. Haney delivered his eighth home run of the season when he sent a solo dinger to the trees just outside of the left field fence.
Haney again pushed Tech's lead, this time in the bottom of the fifth, when he laced a two-RBI single through the right side, making the score 5-2.
With two outs and one runner on in the top of the sixth, Tech replaced starter Dallas Braden with reliever Adam Fry. Fry loaded the bases and walked home two runners before being replaced by Corey Gerstner who ended the inning without allowing the Sooners to tie the game.
The Texas Tech offense came rolling back in the bottom of the sixth by scoring three runs on just one hit to take an 8-4 lead. Tech chased Oklahoma star hurler David Purcey in the inning as he had allowed six earned runs on just three hits but walked four.
Texas Tech tacked on six more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to push the lead to 14-4.
Josh Haney finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with five RBI and two runs scored while catcher Cooper Fouts went 1-for-2 with four RBI. Dallas Braden (3-3) won his second straight game as he allowed just three earned runs on six hits and struckout five in 5 2/3 innings of work. Purcey suffered the loss for Oklahoma and fell to 5-4 on the year.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma will play the rubber match of the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.