No. 13 Oklahoma State Clinches Series With 5-3 Win|
May 20, 2006
STILLWATER, Okla. - No. 13 Oklahoma State plated five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to earn a 5-3 series' clinching win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,759 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 31-22-1 overall and to 9-15-1 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech will be the eighth seed in next weeks Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark and will face top-seeded Texas. Missouri has taken the first two games of the series against Texas in Columbia and that assures the Tigers of the seventh seed.
The game was a pitcher's dual for the better part of five innings as Tech's Aaron Odom and Oklahoma State's Brae Wright held two of the top offense in the Big 12 in check. The Cowboys finally got to Odom in the bottom of the fifth as they scratched out two runs on an RBI triple by Corey Brown and an RBI single by Shelby Ford.
The Cowboys broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to extend their lead to 5-0. First baseman Rebel Ridling plated the first two runs in the frame with a bases-clearing double to straight away center field. Catcher Matt Clarkson added a double of his own that allowed Ridling to score from third and push the OSU lead to 5-0.
Joey Callender broke up Wright's shutout attempt in the top of the eighth when he laced an RBI triple into right field that allowed Willie Rueda to score all the way from first. Rueda set up the scoring opportunity with a one-out single up the middle.
Junior catcher Tyler Reves tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the ninth when he blasted a two-run homer over the fence in left-center field. The home run was his 12th of the season and his first hit in this series against Oklahoma State.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the series finale on Sunday afternoon when the two clubs play the final game of the regular-season at 1 p.m.