Wright Leads TTU to 5-1 Defeat of Oklahoma
May 15, 1998
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Texas Tech and Shane Wright overcame adversity of 9,200 screaming Oklahoma fans throwing seat cushions to register a 5-1 victory during the first round of the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament Thursday evening at Bell South Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The victory puts No. 3 seed Texas Tech (40-17) into a second round Friday matchup against Baylor at 7 p.m. Oklahoma drops to 38-17 on the season and must play No. 1 seed Texas A&M on Friday.
Junior Shane Wright (13-1) pitched his 12 complete game of the season and 16th of his career and broke the Texas Tech school record for victories (13). He pitched the full nine innings and allowed seven hits, one run (zero earned) and walked only three batters. He struck out four batters 34 batters faced.
Freshman desginated hitter Brennan Burns put the game out of reach in the fifth inning with a two-out two RBI single to rightfield which drove in Jason Landreth and Miles Durham. That hit put the Red Raiders up 4-1.
Texas Tech struck first in the second inning when Josh Bard singled, Kevin Jordan reached base on a fielders' choice, advanced to second on a stolen base and then to third on a wild pitch. Jordan scored on Mark Austry's sacrifice fly. The Red Raiders added another run in the third inning when Keith Ginter was hit by pitch, moved to second on a balk and Ryan Ruiz drove him in on an RBI single go put Tech up 2-0.
Tech added an insurance run in the eighth when Mark Austry was hit by pitch.
Burns led Tech with a 2-4 two RBI performance, Bard went 2-4, Austry went 0-2 with two RBI, Ryan Ruiz was 1-3 with an RBI, Keith Ginter walked twice and went 0-1, Jason Landreth finished 1-4 and Miles Durham went 1-4.
Oklahoma 000 100 000 1 7 1 Texas Tech 011 020 01x 5 7 1 OU: Oleson, Manwell (5), McCurtain (8) and Pascucci (9) and Van Horn. TTU: Wright and Bard. WP: Wright (TTU) 13-1. LP: Oleson (OU) 10-1. Save: None. Doubles: OU- Hart (22); TTU- Bard (21). Triples: None. Home Runs: None. TOG: 2:34. Att: 10,400 tickets sold (9,200 estimated crowd).
TEXAS TECH GAME NOTES
*Winning pitcher Shane Wright established a Texas Tech single season record for wins. He is now 13-1 for the year and 23-3 for his career. He broke Mark Brandenburg's single season record for wins (12- 1991). The career record for wins is 25, held by Matt Miller in 1994-96.
*Wright also tied the school record for career complete games (16) and season complete games (12). The complete game pulls him into a tie with Mark Brandenburg for both records.
*Wright pitched his seventh complete game in a row for Texas Tech.
*Texas Tech won its 40th game for the sixth consecutive season and has won 40 or more games seven of the last eight years.
*Texas Tech won its seventh straight game, its longest winning streak of the season.
*Texas Tech is now 1-2 vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference Tournament (including last year's games).
*Outfielders Ryan Ruiz and Jason Landreth extended their hitting streaks to nine games.
*With the victory, Texas Tech won its fifth straight game in a conference tournament competition for the fifth straight year.
QUOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Head coach Larry Hays
Starter Shane Wright
Designated hitter Brennan Burns