LUBBOCK, Texas -- For the 14th time this season and the second time in the series, the No. 13 Oklahoma baseball team rallied from behind with an 8-2 victory over Texas Tech on Sunday at Dan Law Field.
Trailing 2-1 after the third inning, the Sooners posted single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to regain the lead and then put the game out of reach with a five-run eighth inning to complete the series sweep of the Red Raiders. OU outhit Texas Tech 16-9 and was led by Jackson Williams career-high four hits (2 RBI).
"I was proud of our three-game effort this weekend," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "Today was a complete team win with contributions from our bench. I also thought P.J. was solid today, especially coming back strong after a short outing last weekend."
OU has now won back-to-back Big 12 series via a sweep, the first time it has done so since the 2004 season (swept three straight over Baylor, Kansas and Missouri). The last time the Red Raiders were swept at home was against Nebraska during the 2001 season.
OU improved to 32-10 overall and 11-4 in the Big 12, while Texas Tech fell to 26-17-1 and 6-10-1.
Sunday's victory also extended the Sooners' winning streak to a season-high ten games. The last time OU won ten-straight games was during the 1998 season (Feb. 2-24). That squad opened the year with a 12-game winning streak.
Williams put OU on the board first with a RBI single in the second inning. The Sooners have scored first in the last four games and are 23-3 this season when posting the game's first run. Williams finished the game with a career-high four hits and also connected for two RBI in the game.
Texas Tech rallied in the bottom half of the second inning with an uncharacteristic error by shortstop Freddy Rodriguez. The throw in the dirt allowed Blair Wilkins to score with two outs after he tripled earlier in the frame. Entering Sunday's action, OU, who has committed the fewest errors in the Big 12 (26), had lasted seven straight games without an error.
The Red Raiders took the lead with a solo home run to right-center field by Brroks Kieschnick off OU starter P.J. Sandoval.
Aaron Ivey's sacrifice fly to right field plated Joe Dunigan to tie things up at two runs apiece in the fourth inning. In the fifth frame, Freddy Rodriguez connected for a two-out RBI single to give OU a 3-2 lead.
Ahead 3-2, the Sooners opened the flood gates with a five-run eighth inning. Within the frame, Ryan Rohlinger and Aaron Reza both perfectly executed two squeeze bunts to plate two runs. Williams, Chuckie Caufield and Brandon Moss were responsible for the other RBI in the eighth inning.
With a six-run cushion, Sandoval cruised to his sixth victory with his second longest outing of the season. Sandoval pitched 7 1/3 innings and is now 6-1 on the season. He allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and zero walks. He also struck out four batters and Nate Hammons and Matt Lovelady came out of the pen to finish the game.
Texas Tech starter Josh Tomlin allowed three runs off seven hits in 5 1/3 innings to drop to 1-3 on the year. Offensively, Blair Wilkins led the way for the Red Raiders with three hits.
The Sooners return to action on Monday, April 24 to host New Mexico at 3 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Admission to the game is free and concession stands will be open.
BIG 12 STANDINGS
Below is a look at the Big 12 standings after action on Sunday, April 23:
NEW MEXICO ADDED TO 2006 SCHEDULE
OU announced Thursday that it will host New Mexico on Monday, April 24 in Norman. First pitch at L. Dale Mitchell Park is scheduled for 3 p.m. The extra game was added to make up for the contest lost on Sunday, March 19 against Arizona State. The finale of that series was cancelled because of rain in Tempe, Ariz. Admission to Monday’s game is free and concession stands will be open.