No. 19 Oklahoma States Drops Texas Tech 13-5|
May 11, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma State's Rebel Ridling went 3-for-5 with a game-high five RBIs to lead the 19th-ranked Cowboys to a 13-5 win over Texas Tech on Friday evening in front of 2,325 fans at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 26-22 on the season and to 7-14 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma State improves to 35-13 and 14-8 in league play.
The potent Oklahoma State offense came to life in the top half of the first inning as first baseman Rebel Ridling gave the Cowboys a 3-0 lead with a three-run home run to straight away center field. Ridling made Tech starter Cory Large pay for two walked batters as he connected on his 11th home run of the season.
As quickly as OSU struck in the top half of the inning, the Red Raiders came firing back in the bottom half. Sophomore left fielder Chris Richburg got Tech started with a two-RBI single up the middle that made the score 3-2. Sophomore first baseman James Leverton tied the game at 3-3 with another RBI single up the middle that plated Richburg.
The tie game wouldn't last long as Oklahoma State pounded out four runs in the top half of the second and chased away Large after just one inning of work.
After OSU took an 8-3 lead with a single run in the fourth, the Red Raiders got a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth to pull back within three (8-5). Roger Kieschnick's RBI-double in the inning gave him 25 on the season and he moved into fourth place on the school's single-season doubles list.
The Red Raiders had chances in both the fifth and sixth innings as Tech had two runners on with less than two outs but key strikeouts and a double play ended the hopes of a comeback.
Oklahoma State put Tech away in the top of the ninth as the Cowboys plated five runs to grab a 13-5 lead.
Sophomore left hander Cory Large (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up five runs on three hits in one inning of work.
Robbie Weinhardt picked up the win for Oklahoma State in relief and improved to 2-2.
Texas Tech will try and even this series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet for a 2 p.m. game at Dan Law Field.