Red Raiders Offensive Explosion Sinks Sooners

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 16, 2001

May 16, 2001

Oklahoma City, Okla. - No. 2 seed Texas Tech (40-16-1) plated eight runs on 18 hits, including four home runs, as the Red Raiders' went on to defeat No. 7 Oklahoma (23-32-1), 17-5, Wednesday afternoon in the Sooners' first game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark. OU senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (3-for-5) provided the offensive highlights for the Sooners as he accounted for three runs on two home runs while extending his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. The Sooners will face the third-seeded Texas Longhorns (34-23) in an elimination game at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Dobbs blasted a two-run shot in the first inning to put the Sooners on the scoreboard and grab an early 2-0 lead. The Red Raiders then responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game up as the first two TTU batters reached base and scored on a single by third baseman Nick Blankenship (3-for-5).

Rocky Cherry (8-8) was unable to stop the league's second-best hitting team as they tagged the Oklahoma starting pitcher for eight runs on nine hits. Every batter in the Red Raider lineup, which was batting .317 entering today's game, collected at least one hit, run scored and RBI in the game.

Oklahoma scored another run in the fourth after junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (0-for-3) reached base after being hit by a pitch, advancing to second base and being singled home by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-3). Bartlett would later drive in OU's final run of the game as he tripled to score junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (1-for-4), who singled in the previous at bat, in the top of the ninth inning.



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