Red Raiders Fall To Oklahoma 6-4|
May 18, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - Texas Tech's inability to get out of the early innings unscathed led to the demise of the Red Raiders again tonight as Oklahoma scored five runs in the first three innings and went on to take a 6-5 win on Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Tech's loss coupled with Baylor's win over Kansas State mathematically eliminates the Red Raiders from next week's Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Red Raiders will be missing the Big 12 Tournament for just the second time in school history and the first since the 2003 season.
Oklahoma didn't waste any time jumping out to the early lead as the Sooners plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff strikeout by Aaron Ivey, Joe Dunigan deposited a fast ball over the right field fence to earn his 10th home run of the season. A double by Cory Williamson and a fielding error by Tech right fielder Roger Kieschnick helped give the Sooners a 2-0 lead, as Jackson Williams scored all the way from first after reaching on a two-out walk.
Oklahoma took advantage of a shaking inning by the Red Raider defense in the bottom of the third and the Sooners extended their lead to 5-0. A pair of leadoff walks by AJ Ramos and a fielding error by second baseman Chris Hall led to the three Sooner runs.
Back-to-back doubles by Doug Thennis and Chris Richburg finally got the Red Raiders on the board in the top half of the sixth. Thennis blasted a double to straight-away center for his second hit of the night and Richburg brought him home with a double down the left field line. Matt Smith plated Tech's second run of the frame when he hit a routine ball to center but OU center fielder Joseph Hughes lost the ball in the lights and it dropped in for an RBI single. Kyle Martin completed the Red Raiders' four run rally in the inning when he belted a two-run home run to left field for his 12th dinger of the season.
After giving up four runs in the top of the sixth, Oklahoma's Cory Williamson led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field that pushed the Sooner lead to 6-4. The home run was his third hit of the game and followed up a double and a triple.
Tech rallied in the ninth inning as Roger Kieschnick reached on a two-out fielding error and Doug Thennis drove him home with a single to right to make the score 6-5. Chris Richburg, however, couldn't tie the game as he grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.
AJ Ramos (8-5) suffered the loss for Texas Tech as he gave up four runs on five hits over seven innings of work. Stephen Porlier (7-5) earned the win for Oklahoma as he held Tech to four runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma will play the second game of this three-game series at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.