April 20, 2001

Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma opened a three-game set against Texas Tech at L. Dale Mitchell Park with a 9-3 loss Friday night in game one of the series. The two teams engaged in a tight 3-3 ballgame until the final three innings when the Red Raiders exploded for three runs each in the seventh and eighth innings. Oklahoma dropped to 15-27 overall and 9-13 in the Big 12 Conference with the loss, while Texas Tech improved to 31-14 overall and 14-8 in the league.

TTU broke the tie in the seventh inning with a two-run homer by leftfielder Jason Rainey (1-for-5). Tech added a third run in the frame off of Sooner starter Rocky Cherry (6-5), who was charged with the loss after giving up six of the Red Raider runs. The Red Raiders increased their lead in the next inning with three more runs off of OU relievers Buddy Blair and Michael Bradbury.

Although the Sooner offense recorded its ninth double-digit hit performance in the last 12 contests, they were only able to push three runs across the plate. Down 1-0 after one inning, the Sooners knotted the game up when junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (1-for-3) singled to lead off the bottom of the second inning, moved to third on a double by senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (1-for-4) and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman rightfielder Denver Kitch (1-for-3).

Oklahoma then took a brief 2-1 lead by recording another single run in the third inning. Junior shortstop Sergio Garcia collected a one-out single and eventually scored from second base on a single by senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-3).

OU pulled even with TTU again in the sixth inning, after falling behind 3-2, when Kitch singled, stole second and scored from third two batters later on a fielder's choice by senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-4).

Cherry finished the game with a new season-high six strikeouts, all recorded through the first four innings during which he ended each inning fanning a batter.

The two teams will battle again tomorrow in game two at 6 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Oklahoma baseball license plate holders will be given away to the first 500 fans through the gate.