Red Raiders End Season With A 15-5 Win Over Oklahoma|
May 20, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - Texas Tech capitalized on two big innings and ended its 2007 season with a 15-5 win over Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game was called after the seventh inning due to the Big 12 Conference run-rule policy.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Raiders and gave them a final season record of 28-27 and 8-18 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech was eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament after suffering a 6-5 setback to Oklahoma on Friday night and will be missing the postseason event for just the second time in history.
For the third straight day, Oklahoma staked an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Tech senior left-hander Aaron Odom walked the first two batters he faced in the inning and then scored both of them on back-to-back balks and OU quickly had a 2-0 advantage.
The Tech offense came roaring to life in the top of the fourth inning as the Red Raiders took an 8-2 lead thanks to six hits and three walks. Sophomore left fielder Chris Richburg got Tech started in the inning with a hard hit double down the left field line and then came back to bat later in the frame and hit a two-RBI single to left that gave Tech a 6-2 lead. Matt Smith rounded out Tech's scoring in the inning with a two-RBI double to the gap in right center.
After Oklahoma's Brandon Moss blasted a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth, Tech's James Leverton matched him with a leadoff dinger in the top of the fifth. The home run pushed the Red Raider lead back to six runs at 9-3 and was Leverton's third home run of the season.
Texas Tech jumped out to a commanding 15-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning as three different Red Raiders hit home runs. Freshman center fielder Taylor Ashby gave the Red Raiders a 12-4 lead in the top of the sixth when he blasted a three-run home run off the scoreboard in left field. The home run was just his second of the season and his first since the third game of the season against New Mexico (Feb. 6). Fellow freshman Chris Hall followed up Ashby with a two-run homer of his own and Doug Thennis rounded out the scoring with a solo blast to left field. The home run for Hall was his second while it was Thennis' seventh.
Senior LHP Aaron Odom (6-4) picked up the win for Texas Tech as he went the distance (seven innings) and held the Sooners to five runs on seven hits. Ryan Mottern (3-4) was charged with the loss for Oklahoma after giving up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.