LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 21 Texas Tech clinched its third Big 12 series of the seasons scoring 10 runs in the fifth inning on its way to a dominating 14-4 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,582 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (34-13, 10-7 Big 12) won its fifth straight league game for the first time since 2004 while notching its 10th consecutive home win. The Red Raiders – who rank fourth in the country with 34 wins – have their most wins in a season since 2005 (34). OU fell to 25-19 overall and to 5-9 in Big 12 play.
Trailing 2-0, the Red Raiders exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the fifth inning while sending 16 batters to the plate scoring its most runs in an inning during Big 12 play since April 3, 1999 at Iowa State (11 runs – 2nd inning).
Four Red Raiders – Adam Kirsch, Jake Barrios, Devon Conley and Tim Proudfoot – each had two hits in the fifth inning while sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez hit his team-leading eighth home run, a three-run shot over the left-field wall, which gave Tech a 7-2 lead.
Every starting Red Raider had at least one base hit and eight Tech players scored at least one run.
Junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry (4-1) earned his fourth win of the season pitching a season-high 7.1 innings allowing four runs and scattering nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Gutierrez went 2-for-5 with three RBI, Proudfoot added two hits going 2-for-4 with three RBI, sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony hit his second home run of the series – fourth of the season – with a solo shot in the sixth while going 2-for-4 and senior third baseman Jake Barrios went 3-for-5 with two runs during his 100th career game as a Red Raider.
OU starting pitcher Jacob Evans (3-3) suffered the loss allowing six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 4.2 innings of work.
In addition, senior center fielder Devon Conley posted three hits for the second straight game going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Kirsch finished the game going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Tech also scored runs in its final three times at-bat scoring a run in the sixth and seventh innings and scoring two runs in the eighth.
Tech’s 19 base hits are its most in a Big 12 game this season and its most in league play since posting 21 hits last season at home against Baylor.
Tech and OU will play game three of a Big 12 series on Sunday, Apr. 27 with first pitch set for 2:07 p.m. at Rip Griffin Park. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Robert Giovannetti (play-by-play) and Mike Gustafson (analyst) calling the action.