Oklahoma Claims The Series With 3-1 Win Over Tech|
May 21, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma's pitching held Tech to just one run on two hits and the Sooners claimed this series with a 3-1 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
The Red Raider offense wasted a solid outing from Tanner McElroy (2-3) as the senior pitched his first career complete game and held the Sooners to just three runs while scattering 10 hits. The complete game loss was the first for Tech since Dallas Braden took a 4-0 loss in the first game of a doubleheader last year at Dan Law Field (April 3).
Oklahoma (32-22) jumped on the board in the bottom of the second with back-to-back doubles by Eric Thornton and Kevin Smith. Tech starter Tanner McElroy put an end to the Sooner scoring as the retired the next three batters to get out of the early jam.
Texas Tech (33-22) came back and answered the Oklahoma's run with one of its own in the top of the third. Cody Fuller reached on a one-out walk and moved to third on a single to left-center by Cooper Fouts. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair picked up his first RBI of the series in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Sooners regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Rohlinger scored on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Ivey that gave OU a 2-1 advantage. Rohlinger led off the frame with a hard-hit double down the left field line and moved to third on an infield single by Kevin Smith.
Oklahoma extended its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Kevin Smith. Smith's home run was his fifth of the season and his third at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Sooner left-hander Garrett Patterson picked up the win and improved to 6-2. Patterson held Tech to one run on two hits through 5 2/3 innings of work. Will Savage pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his second save in as many days.
Texas Tech will try and avoid a three-game sweep by Oklahoma when the two teams play the series finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park and the game will be televised live by ESPNU.