Texas Tech Falls in Slugfest to No. 22 Oklahoma State, 11-10
May 20, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored at least one run in the game's first five innings, but it wasn't enough as No. 22 Oklahoma State knocked off the Red Raiders 11-10 in the Big 12 series opener Friday night in front of 2,813 fans at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (31-23, 10-15 BIG 12) was led by Reid Redman (4-for-5) and Barrett Barnes (4-for-6) while Oklahoma State (34-19, 14-10 BIG 12) matched Tech's offensive firepower and snapped a three-game losing streak with 10 two-out RBI while batting .545 (12-for-22) with two outs in the game.
Tech's junior right-handed pitcher John Neely (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season pitching two innings in relief while allowing the game-winning run on a single up the middle with two outs in the ninth by Andrew Heck (2-for-2, 2 RBI).
Oklahoma State reliever Andrew Heaney (7-3) pitched 0.2 innings while allowing one hit in the win while Chris Marlowe struck out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth to tally his fourth save of the season.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 6-3 lead after three innings while David Paiz drove in a pair in the first after Nick Popescu's sacrifice fly plated the first run of the game. Barnes hit his ninth homer of the season in the second and Kelby Tomlinson (RBI single) and Redman (sacrifice fly) each scored runs in the third inning.
Oklahoma State, meanwhile, had scored two in the second and one in the third - highlighted by two solo home runs - before scoring five runs with two outs in the fourth inning to grab a 8-6 lead.
The Red Raiders answered immediately scoring two runs on Bo Altobelli's single to center field to tie the game at 8-8 after four innings of action.
Texas Tech then regained the lead on Nick Popescu's RBI double down the left-field line in the fifth to take a 9-8 advantage.
In a back-and-forth battle, Oklahoma State took the lead with back-to-back run scoring hits to lead 10-9.
The Red Raiders and Cowboys combined used eight relievers - each team throwing four pitchers out of their bullpens.
Tech answered again, once again with an RBI single through the left side from Popescu, this time scoring Redman who reached with a single to center field.
Neither team scored in the eighth before OSU scored the game winning run with an RBI single up the middle in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Dane Phillips who reached base with a single off Neely to lead off the inning.
Redman singled up the middle for his fourth base hit of the game in the Red Raiders' half of the ninth, but Marlowe came in to strike out Barnes and Hagen, around a walk to Popescu, before striking out Paiz with Redman at third base (advanced to third on two wild pitches) to end the game.
Tomlinson (2-for-6, RBI), Popescu (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Paiz (2-for-6, 2 RBI) and Altobelli (2-for-3, RBI) joined Barnes and Redman with multi-hit games.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m. at Dan Law Field.