Cowboys Complete Sweep Of Texas Tech|
May 21, 2006
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State's Rebel Ridling went 2-for-4 with a game-high four RBI to lead the 13th ranked Cowboys to a 7-3 win and series sweep over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 31-23-1 on the season and to 9-16-1 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders will be the No. 8 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship that gets underway on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State took the early lead for the third straight day as the Cowboys plated a solo run on a hard hit grounder back to the pitcher by designated hitter Deik Scram. David Dinsmoore couldn't get a hand on the grounder hit by Scram and that allowed Keanon Simon to score from third. Simon laced a one-out double to left field and moved to third on a groundout by Tyler Mach.
Texas Tech took its first lead of this three-game series in the top of the second when freshman second baseman Willie Rueda plated two runs with a triple to the gap in right-center field. Senior first baseman Patrick Smart reached on a single and moved to third in the next at-bat when junior shortstop Kyle Martin hit a blooper to right field. Rueda's triple was his third of the season and last since the Texas game back on March 18.
Tech's narrow lead didn't last as the Cowboys fired back with three runs in the bottom of the second to regain the lead at 4-2. OSU led off the frame with a single, double and a triple and right fielder Corey Brown plated the final run with a single to right.
After a combined six runs were scored in the first two innings, both teams tossed shutout innings between the third and top of the seventh. The Cowboys put the game away in the bottom half of the seventh off Tech reliever Dustin Richardson. First baseman Rebel Ridling cleared the bases with a double to left field to give OSU a 7-2 lead.
David Dinsmoore (2-2) was charged with the loss for Texas Tech after giving up four runs on six hits in two innings of work. Jeff Breedlove (2-0) earned the win for Oklahoma State by allowing just two runs on seven hits and struckout four over five innings.
Texas Tech opens play in the 2006 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City beginning on Wednesday. The championship bracket and game times will be announced later this evening.