Texas Tech Drops Game Two of Series at No. 11 Oklahoma, 6-2|
Masek suffered his first loss of the season
April 27, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Texas Tech was held without a hit through five innings while No. 11 Oklahoma had seven players with at least one hit during a series-clinching 6-2 victory in front of an L. Dale Mitchell Park season-high 2,668 fans on Saturday afternoon.
Texas Tech (19-24, 5-12 Big 12) committed two errors that led to a pair of multiple run innings while the Sooners (33-10, 10-4) improved to 25-4 at home this season.
Red Raiders starting pitcher Trey Masek (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season allowing five runs (3 ER) on eight hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Sooners starting right-handed pitcher Jonathan Gray (8-1) struck out five straight batters to open the contest while pitching 7.1 innings with one run allowed on just two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks during a 111-pitch performance.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans notched his eighth save of the season pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings with three strikeouts and a walk to close the game.
OU scored three runs - two earned - in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles from Matt Oberste and Craig Akin to get things started. Both runners came around to score while right fielder Colt Bickerstaff had the big hit with an RBI double to right-center field.
Gray cruised through the first five innings allowing just one base runner - on a fielding error - before allowing a walk to start the sixth to left fielder Todd Ritchie. Gray then had his no-hit bid broken up by the following batter as shortstop Tim Proudfoot singled through the right side. Tech would end up stranding Ritchie at third base in the sixth.
OU added a pair of runs in the sixth - one earned - with two hits and a hit-by-pitch. Oberste's double to right-center field scored both runs in the inning.
Tech scored both of its runs in the eighth inning after a five-pitch walk to Ritchie chased Gray from the game.
Tech tallied three straight singles - two of which drove in runs - by Brett Bell, Bryant Burleson and Jake Barrios off of OU reliever Ralph Garza Jr., which brought the game-tying run to the plate with two outs.
Oklahoma brought in Evans who struck out left-handed hitting designated hitter Jarrard Poteete to end the Red Raiders scoring threat.
Barrios went 1-for-4 while reaching base safely in his 23rd consecutive game. Bell, Burleson, freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez and Proudfoot all went 1-for-4 with singles.
Senior right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen pitched the final two innings of the game for the Red Raiders with one strikeout allowing one run on three hits.
In addition, McCrummen made his 20th appearance of the season making him just the third pitcher in school history to have three seasons with at least 20 appearances (Brad Ralston, Jimmy Frush).
Texas Tech will look to avoid the series sweep during game three of its series with Oklahoma on Sunday at 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports (Central) with Chad McKee (play-by-play) and Jay Payton (analyst) calling the action.