A very good start to the regular season finale series.
Seeking to rebound from a brutal Monday night loss to Wichita State, No. 24 Oklahoma returned to action Thursday night for the first of a three-game series at No. 6 Texas Tech to close out the regular season. .
Looking forward to a fifth straight series win, the Sooners got off to a good start, beating the Red Raiders 13-8 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, TX.
Making his last regular season start was left-handed Jake Bennettwho overcame some early struggles to give Skip Johnson another quality release.
The Sooners ace pitched six innings, allowing just four runs, picking up the win to improve his season mark to 6-3.
OU wouldn’t wait long to start scoring in this one, with the first batter John Spikerman open the game with a solo home run.
Texas Tech, however, would get that run right away and then some in the bottom half of the inning hitting for three runs.
After adding another in the second, the Red Raiders held a 4-1 lead after two frames.
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The Sooners then reduced the deficit in the third, scoring two runs on a Jackson Nicklaus solo homer as well as Kendall Pettis finding himself on land off Spikerman’s bat.
The score remained 4-3 in the fifth, where Oklahoma regained the lead by batting for a pair of runs on a huge two-point shot from shortstop. Peyton Graham.
The big inning of the game would follow in the sixth, as the Sooners’ bats had a home run derby of their own to extend OU’s lead to five runs.
Tanner Tredaway and Jimmy Crooks everyone strikes solo with Brett Squires closing the innings score with a two-run blast to put the Sooners suddenly comfortably ahead at 9-4.
Oklahoma added another run the next inning, Tredaway coming in to score on a defensive error. OU led 10-4 in the seventh inning.
In the ninth, the Sooners added another three runs with Squires connecting on an RBI single and Pettis nailing on two more with a two-run hit.
After Bennett left the game after his good six innings, the Sooners bullpen would finish the job.
After scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth of Carson Atwood and Michael Trevinthe Red Raiders would show signs of life in the ninth for four points – but still a long way from closing the deficit with OU locking in the 13-8 victory.
The victory moves the Sooners to 32-19 on the year and 14-8 in Big 12 play – keeping their hopes of a conference title alive for another day.
The mid-series game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.