STILLWATER, Okla. – No. 25 Texas Tech held a 2-0 before No. 20 Oklahoma State plated four runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to come away with a series-clinching 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon in the Big 12 series finale at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Texas Tech dropped to 24-11 overall and to 5-7 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma State (22-10, 5-4 Big 12) claimed its second straight Big 12 Conference series – both coming on its home field.
Tech starting pitcher Chris Sadberry took a no decision, despite throwing six innings allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts and not allowing a walk. Tech reliever Ryan Moseley (0-1) suffered his first career loss allowing three runs on one hit with one walk in the Cowboys’ four-run seventh inning.
OSU reliever Vince Wheeland (2-0) earned the win going 4.1 innings allowing just one run on four hits with one walk allowed.
Senior Adam Kirsch drove in the game’s first run with a two-out, RBI single to left-center field in the first inning, scoring Tech sophomore Tyler Neslony.
Tech took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning on junior catcher Hunter Redman’s two-out RBI single, which scored right fielder Todd Ritchie, who led off the inning with a single to left field.
Sadberry, at one point, retired 13-of-15 batters faced from the second-to-sixth inning.
Neslony led the Red Raiders going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez went 2-for-4, Ritchie went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Redman – who also doubled in the eighth to score Tech’s third run – went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
OSU scored its first run on a throwing error by Moseley in the seventh inning on a sacrifice bunt play that scored the runner from second on a wide throw at third base attempting to put out the lead runner. The next batter, Saulyer Saxon, singled up the middle to drive in two runs giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game, 3-2.
OSU added a fourth run in the seventh and plated four runs in the eighth on just one base hit while Tech pitchers combined allowed three walks and three hit-by-pitch.
Texas Tech will return home for four games next week, beginning on Tuesday, Apr. 8, hosting Abilene Christian for a 6:30 p.m. midweek game at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Tech will then host Kansas State for a Big 12 Conference series in Lubbock, Apr. 11-13.
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