Baseball Defeats Oklahoma
April 26, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech used a six run third inning to jump on top of Oklahoma and held on for an 11-8 victory Sunday at Dan Law Field. The win improves Texas Tech to 35-17 overall and 15-11 in the Big 12 Conference while Oklahoma drops to 32-15 overall and 12-10 in Big 12 play.
Trailing 2-0, Texas Tech scored six runs in the third inning to take control. The big inning was fueled by a two RBI single from Josh Bard, a two RBI triple by Kevin Jordan and a solo home run from Mark Austry. The Red Raiders added three runs in the fifth inning as Bard drove in a run with a single and Miles Durham drove in two RBI on a double.
Oklahoma outscored Texas Tech 6-2 over the final four innings but it was not enough.
Junior starter Shane Wright (11-1) threw his fifth complete game in a row and 10th on the season as the Big 12 Conference win leader notched his 11th win. He faced 42 batters and struck out four. Oklahoma managed 13 hits and eight runs (six earned) off Wright.
Keith Ginter broke the Big 12 Conference season record for bases on balls. He walked three times on the day and now has 64 walks for the year. He is set to break the Texas Tech season walks record later this season.
Bard finished out an outstanding weekend with a 3-5, three RBI performance. Ryan Ruiz went 2-5 with an RBI, Brennan Burns went 2-4 with two runs, Kevin Jordan went 2-5 with two RBI and two runs, Mark Austry belted his eighth home run of the season and went 2-5 with two runs and Miles Durham went 2-4 with two RBI.