Dunigan's Home Run Drops Tech In Extra Innings
May 19, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's Joe Dunigan blasted a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Sooners to an 8-7 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The win clinches the series for the Sooners (32-22; 11-15) and also earns them a spot in next week's Big 12 Conference Championship at Bricktown Ballpark. The loss drops Texas Tech to 27-27 on the season and to 7-18 in Big 12 play.
For the second day in a row, Oklahoma jumped out to the early lead as the Sooners went ahead 1-0 on an RBI triple by catcher Jackson Williams. Williams laced his third triple of the season to the gap in left center field and plated Aaron Ivey who reached on a leadoff walk.
Kyle Martin gave Tech its first lead of the series in the top of the fourth inning when he blasted a two-run home run over the fence in left-center field. The home run drove in Matt Smith who led off the inning with a walk.
Sophomore left fielder Chris Richburg continued his hot hitting in the fifth inning and extended the Tech lead to 3-1. Richburg laced an RBI single into left field and that allowed Doug Thennis to score all the way from second.
After Oklahoma tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, Texas Tech regained its lead when Kyle Martin drove in his third run of the game in the top of the sixth. A leadoff double by James Leverton brought up Martin and he dropped an RBI double down the right field line that pushed the Red Raider lead to 4-3.
Aljay Davis' solo home run in the bottom half of the sixth brought things back to where they started as his solo shot evened the score at 4-4.
A sacrifice fly by Richburg and an RBI single by Matt Smith in the top of the seventh gave the Red Raiders a 6-4 lead. Chris Hall got Tech going in the inning when he reached on a leadoff hit-by-pitch and Doug Thennis followed him up with a single through the left side. After the runners advanced on a groundout by Roger Kieschnick, Richburg gave brought in the go-ahead run with a deep fly ball to center.
After Oklahoma's Jackson Williams tied the game with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Raiders loaded the bases in the top of the eighth and Doug Thennis gave Tech a 7-6 lead with an RBI fielder's choice.
Texas Tech will conclude its 2007 season on Sunday afternoon when the Red Raiders face the Sooners in a 1 p.m. game at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
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