Tech Suffers Series Sweep At Oklahoma
May 22, 2005
NORMAN, Okla. - Ryan Rohlinger's first career grand slam was part of a six-run rally by Oklahoma in the bottom of the sixth and the Sooners went on to defeat Texas Tech 14-11 in the final game of this three-game series on Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The win completes the sweep for Oklahoma as the Sooners won the first two games by scores of 6-3 and 3-1 respectively.
Despite today's loss to Oklahoma, the Red Raiders clinched the final spot in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament by virtue of Texas' 11-1 win over Texas A&M earlier in the day. Tech advances to the tournament over Texas A&M by percentage points as the Red Raiders finished the Big 12 season with a 9-16 mark while the Aggies finished at 9-18.
Needing a fast start to today's game, the Red Raiders got just that as Tech plated two runs on two hits in the top of the first. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair came out of his three-game hitting slump and laced the game's first pitch deep to left field for a standup double. Junior first baseman scored Blair on an RBI groundout and Brian Capps plated Chris Williams with an RBI single up the middle. Williams followed Blair with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Carey Avants.
Tech starter Dustin Richardson didn't let the Tech lead last as he gave up a leadoff triple to Kody Kaiser and RBI singles to Freddy Rodriguez and Matt Bose that tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first.
The Red Raiders came right back in the top of the second and reclaimed its two-run lead thanks to RBI singles by Cooper Fouts and Carey Avants. Fouts' RBI single scored Brent Thomas who led off the inning with a double to right while Avants sent home Fouts with a single to left, pushing the Tech lead to 4-2.
After surrendering a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth with three OU runs, Tech came right back in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by Trey Stewart and RBI squeeze bunt sacrifice from Cody Fuller. Stewart's second home run of the game tied the score at 6-6 and Fuller gave Tech the lead with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt that allowed Brian Capps to score from third.
The Red Raiders had two costly mental breakdowns in the bottom of the six and it eventually led to seven runs to give Oklahoma a 13-7 lead. Ryan Rohlinger extended Oklahoma's 8-7 lead with his first career grand slam. Oklahoma pounded out seven hits in the inning while drawing two walks, a hit-batter and a Tech defensive error.
Junior right-hander Zach Butler suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs on one hit and one walk while never recording an out in the sixth. John Brownell (3-4) earned the win in relief for Oklahoma as he pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Texas Tech will take on top-seeded Nebraska in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday evening at Bricktown Ballpark. Game time is set for 8 p.m. but could be moved back depending on the games player earlier in the day.
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