Sooners Edge Tech 6-3 In Series Opener
May 20, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma catcher Jackson Williams laced a two-RBI single to left field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth to give the OU its first lead and the Sooners held on for a 6-3 win over Texas Tech in the series opener on Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The loss drops Tech to 33-21 on the season and to 9-14 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma improves to 31-22 and 12-13 in the league.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning as the Raiders took advantage of two Oklahoma defensive errors and two wild pitches by starter Daniel McCutchen. Junior third baseman Carey Avants plated the game's first run when he hit an RBI single to the gap in left-center that scored Cameron Blair from first. A failed double-play attempt by OU second baseman Ryan Rohlinger led to an unearned run by Carey Avants and Brent Thomas pushed the Tech lead with a sacrifice fly to center.
Oklahoma answered the Tech scoring in the bottom of the third when designated hitter Chuckie Caufield scored on an RBI groundout by Freddy Rodriguez to pull the Sooners within two at 3-1.
The Sooners continued to chip away at the Tech lead as they plated a single run in the bottom of the fifth to pull within one, 3-2. Shortstop Freddy Rodriguez picked up his second hit of the game by pushing an RBI single through the left side that scored catcher Jackson Williams who led off the frame with a single to right.
Oklahoma tied the game (3-3) in the bottom of the sixth on a Tech fielding error by first baseman Trey Stewart. Stewart was unable to handle a throw from shortstop Cameron Blair on a ball hit by Caufield and that allowed Kevin Smith to score from third.
Brian Wyatt (5-5) was charged with the loss in relief for Texas Tech as he gave up three earned runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings. Daniel McCutchen (3-5) earned the win for Oklahoma as he struckout nine batters and held Tech to three unearned runs on six hits over eight innings.
Texas Tech will try and even this series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams square off at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised live by ESPNU.
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