LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 21 Texas Tech finished off a dominating Big 12 series sweep over Oklahoma with a 14-4 – seven-inning – run-rule victory on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (35-13, 11-7 Big 12) swept Oklahoma (25-20, 5-10 Big 12) for the first time since 2002 while posting its third straight series sweep, which includes a pair of Big 12 series. Tech has now won 11 of its last 13 games and won 11 straight home games.
The Red Raiders, who trailed in all three games of the series at one point, scored 13 of their 14 runs from the third-to-sixth inning while every starting player had at least one base hit. Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez hit two home runs –9th and 10th of the season – while guiding Tech to its 28th home win of the year.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno (3-5) earned the win pitching three scoreless innings in relief with four strikeouts and no walks allowing just three base hits. OU starting pitcher Ralph Garza (5-2) took the loss in his first start of the season allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with two walks in three-plus innings.
Tech trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third when Gutierrez hit a three-run homer over the left-field fence to give Tech a 4-3 lead.
OU tied the game at four the following inning with a solo homer from Kolbey Carpenter. Tech answered immediately in the fourth with a two-run single from catcher Hunter Redman and with a sacrifice fly from outfielder Stephen Smith, giving Tech a 7-4 advantage.
Smith went 1-for-2 with a walk and sac fly to extend his hit streak to 13 games. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony went 2-for-3 with two runs and a double while moving his hit streak to eight games.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek started for the Red Raiders while earning a no decision going four innings allowing four runs on seven hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Tech was also led at the plate by center fielder Devon Conley who went 2-for-4 in the finale and finished the series batting .615 (8-for-13) with three straight multi-hit games. Sophomore third baseman Alec Humphreys went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, senior Adam Kirsch drove in three with his first career triple and Redman went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Tech finished the game with six runs in the sixth, which included six straight Red Raiders reaching base safely while second baseman Bryant Burleson scored a run with his Big 12-leading 17th double of the season, Kirsch’s three-run triple and with junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot’s RBI single.
The Red Raiders will hit the road for the final time during the regular season with five straight road games starting Tuesday, Apr. 29 at Oral Roberts (6 p.m.) at J.L. Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6 p.m.