No. 12 Oklahoma Eliminates Texas Tech From Big 12 Championship
Bo Altobelli extended his hitting streak to eight games and scored Tech's only run
May 26, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Texas Tech was eliminated from Big 12 Baseball Championship with a 3-1 loss to No. 12 Oklahoma Thursday afternoon at RedHawks Field.
Texas Tech (33-25) had base hits from six different players while Oklahoma (41-16) was led by right-handed pitcher Burch Smith (10-3) who came within an out of tossing a complete game while striking out eight in 8.2 innings.
The Red Raiders dropped their first two games of the tournament while playing as the No. 7 seed and Oklahoma, the No. 3 seed of the tourney, will await its next opponent which will be the loser of tonight's Texas A&M and Kansas State game.
Trey Masek (5-4) took the loss for Tech as he became the first freshman Red Raider to start a Big 12 Tournament game since 2006 (Miles Morgan). He scattered six hits in 3.2 innings while allowing two runs and struck out two while not allowing a walk.
Texas Tech had a base hit to left field from Kevin Whitehead in the second and a single through the right side of the infield from David Paiz in the fourth, which totaled all of Tech's hits through the first seven innings.
Smith allowed the only Tech base runner (Kelby Tomlinson) to reach third base during the first seven innings of the game. Tomlinson reached base on a fielder's choice in the third and advanced to third on a passed ball and then to third on a wild pitch.
The Sooners scored three runs in consecutive innings in the third, fourth and fifth innings. A sacrifice fly plated their first run in the third and then a solo home run by Cameron Seitzer in the fourth made it 2-0 Oklahoma before a bases-loaded balk plated the Sooners third and final run of the game in the fifth.
Tech scored its run on three base hits in the eighth inning as Bo Altobelli led off the frame with a single up the middle and then advanced to third base on Barrett Barnes' two-out single to center. The following batter, Nick Popescu, drove home Altobelli with a single to right field.
Tech had one base runner in the ninth inning after Andre Wheeler's single to left field, but the game ended in an 11-pitch at-bat by Altobelli when he hit a line-drive to OU third baseman Garrett Buechele.
Barnes (1-for-3), Popescu (1-for-4), Whitehead (1-for-4), David Paiz (1-for-4), Wheeler (1-for-4) and Altobelli (1-for-3) all finished with one base hit for Texas Tech.