No. 21 Tech Knocks Off Oklahoma 9-5 in Opener|
April 25, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 21 Texas Tech scored in five straight innings to open the game and used five strong innings in relief from senior Jonny Drozd to defeat Oklahoma 9-5 its Big 12 series opener on Friday evening in front of 3,216 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (33-13, 9-7 Big 12) won their fourth straight conference game and ninth straight game at home while the Sooners dropped to 25-18 overall and to 5-8 in conference play.
Drozd (5-0) entered in the second inning after the Sooners plated two runs in the top of the first off Red Raider starting pitcher Ryan Moseley. Drozd went on to earn the win pitching five innings allowing three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts while not allowing a walk.
The Red Raider hitters provided Drozd 13 hits, including at least one base hit in the first six innings of the game.
Tech opened the game scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to erase a two-run deficit, and followed scoring a run in the second, third and fourth innings and plating two runs in the fifth.
Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez drove in a pair in the first with an RBI single down the right field line and sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony gave Tech a 5-2 lead in the second with his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall into the Tech bullpen with two outs.
Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Neslony went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Smith went 1-for-3 with two runs while extending his hit streak to 11 games. Neslony has now reached base safely in 18 consecutive game.
OU starting pitcher Adam Choplick (3-3) took the loss allowing seven runs on seven hits in three innings with five strikeouts and three walks allowed.
Senior third baseman Jake Barrios went 2-for-5 with an RBI, senior center fielder Devon Conley had a season-high three hits going 3-for-5 and junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot added a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor pitched three scoreless innings to end the game to record his first save of the season while allowing just one base hit with one strikeout.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma will continue their three-game Big 12 series on Saturday, Apr. 26 with first pitch set for 12:02 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports with Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and George Frazier (analyst) calling the action from Rip Griffin Park.