Texas Tech Rallies for 12-10 Win Over No. 8 Oklahoma St.
May 11, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. - Texas Tech erased an 8-0 deficit by scoring in the final five frames including three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 12-10 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The win avoids a series sweep by Oklahoma State and keeps Texas Tech's Big 12 Tournament hopes alive heading into the final weekend against Baylor.
The win snaps a four-game losing skid as the Red Raiders improve to 22-28 on the season and to 7-17 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State falls to 37-14 and to 16-8 in the league.
With the score tied at nine in the top of the ninth, the Red Raiders continued their hot hitting as Tech loaded the bases on singles by Roger Kieshnick and Monk Kreder and an intentional walk of Logan Leslie. OSU reliever Jordy Mercer then walked Chris Hall and that allowed Roger Kieschnick to give Tech its first lead of the afternoon at 10-9. Willie Rueda and Joey Kenworthy then pused the lead to 12-9 thanks to back-to-back RBI singles.
OSU would get a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth from left fielder Neil Medchill but Tech reliever James Leverton (2-3) would shut it down from there to pick up his second win of the season.
Oklahoma State set the tone early in the ballgame as the Cowboys struck for one run in the first and two in the second to build a 3-0 lead. The Red Raiders were never able to pick up a key hit despite getting runners on base over the first three frames.
Much like they did yesterday, the Cowboys used the big inning to take control of the game as they put up five runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Cowboy shortstop Jordy Mercer blasted a two-run home run while Donnie Webb added an RBI single and Rebel Ridling a two-RBI double.
The Texas Tech offense finally came to life in the top of the fifth as the Red Raiders plated three runs in the inning to cut the OSU lead to five runs. Chris Hall drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to center and that brought home Monk Kreder who reached on a one-out double to right. Willie Rueda then made the score 8-3 when he laced a double to the gap in right that scored Tanner Rindels (reached on a bloop single to center) and Hall.
The Red Raiders made a game out of it in the top of the sixth as they scored three more runs to pull within two at 8-6. Logan Leslie pinch hit for Tanner Rindels with two outs in the inning and then blasted an RBI double to the gap in right field that scored Chris Richburg who led off the inning with a single to center. Hall then drove in two more runs in the next at-bat as he collected his third hit of the game. His two-RBI single landed in center field and drove home Jason Seefeld and Leslie.
Oklahoma State pushed its lead to 9-6 with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. Roger Kieschnick moved to center field after the substitution of Logan Leslie in the top half of the inning and then misplayed a routine ball hit by Donnie Webb that was hit to the warning track. Webb moved to third on the triple and then scored on a wild pitch by Tech reliever Brian Cloud.
The Red Raiders tied the game in the top of the eighth thanks to a lead off single by Logan Leslie and a sacrifice bunt by Hall. Rueda then brought home the tying run with a RBI single to left that allowed Leslie to score easily from second and tied the game up at 9-9.
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