April 22, 2001
Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma used two home runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull even with No. 30 Texas Tech, 7-7, and force extra innings Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game was suspended at the end of the top half of the 10th inning due to rain and finally called after a 44-minute delay because of Sunday travelling conflicts for the Red Raiders. The home runs, back-to-back shots by senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (4-for-5) and senior designated hitter Sean Smith (3-for-5), brought Oklahoma (16-27-1, 10-13-1 Big 12) from behind for the second-straight game in the series. The tie is the first for OU since a 9-9 tie at home against Cameron University in 1980. Texas Tech's record moved to 31-15-1 overall and 14-9-1 with the tie.
Dobbs went deep to right field with a three-run homer to bring with Sooners within one before Smith stepped to the plate in the next at bat and sent the first pitch over the left field fence to tie the game at seven. Dobbs' four-hit performance, along with his four RBIs, were game highs and left him a hit short of hitting for the cycle for the third time this season. Smith also registered his second-consecutive three-hit effort of the series. The Sooner offense, which produced its 11th double-digit hit performance in the last 14 games, used clutch hitting to score five of its seven runs with two outs. OU also stole five bases in the game, including two by Dobbs.
Both offenses jumped out of the gate early in the game. For the second-straight game, Red Raider designated hitter Austin Cranford (3-for-4) led off the game with a home run. The Sooners matched the effort in the bottom of the inning when Dobbs laced a two out double to plate senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (3-for-5), who led off the inning with a single and stole second base.
Another RBI-double, this time by Oklahoma junior catcher Chris Haggard (1-for-5), brought home freshman rightfielder Denver Kitch (1-for-2) in the second inning and Smith singled in Dobbs in the third frame to tie the game at three after Texas Tech spotted two run in the top of the inning.
TTU then grabbed a 7-3 lead by scoring single runs in the fifth and eighth frames and adding two more in the top of the ninth.
Austin Mix started the game for OU and lasted seven innings giving up eight hits, three earned runs and striking out 10 batters, including nine through the first four frames. Freshman Mark Roberts came on for the final three innings and surrendered two hits and two earned runs.
Oklahoma faces Oral Roberts in the Tulsa World Baseball Bash on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Drillers' Stadium in Tulsa.