After Overnight Delay, OU Completes Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 27, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Texas Tech 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
 Oklahoma 2 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 X 8 15 0
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Fisher 7.1 7 0 0 0 10
 L - Drozd 4.0 9 5 5 1 1
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Bickerstaff 4 1 2 2 0 0
 OU - Mayfield 4 1 1 3 0 1
 OU - Oberste 4 2 3 0 0 0
 TTU - Barrios 4 0 3 0 0 0
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Senior lefthander Jake Fisher had a career night on his first career start, leading the No. 11 Sooners to a 8-0 win over Texas Tech in a game that began Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park before lightning suspended play after eight innings.

The game was delayed at the end of the eighth inning, with the final three outs being recorded Saturday.

Fisher completed his appearance with a career high 10 strikeouts in seven full innings of work. Primarily a reliever, Fisher had pitched just 20 innings in 13 previous appearances.

"Coach Golloway called me last night and asked me if I'm ready to pitch," Fisher said " I said, `Yes I am, I'm ready to go out there at give you my best,' and he said `I don't want your best I want to win.' My team settled me down, I knew they were going to have my back. So I put it in my head to go out there, hit my spots and know everything will be alright."

The Sooners found offensive success early. Junior first baseman Matt Oberste led off the game with a single and scored the first off when senior left fielder Max White doubled out of the clean-up spot. Oklahoma scored one more run in the first when White made it home after Colt Bickerstaff reached on a fielder's choice.

OU maintained a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth when senior shortstop Jack Mayfield hit a three run home run over the left field wall, his sixth of the season, sending in Kolbey Carpenter and Hector Lorenzana, giving the Sooners a five run advantage over Texas Tech.

In four games since moving from leadoff to No. 9 in the batting order, Mayfield has batted 8-for-16 with three home runs and 11 RBIs. He had three homers and 13 RBIs in OU's first 38 games.

Bickerstaff scored from a Lorenzana single in the fifth and Oklahoma added two more in the sixth.

Fisher left in the eighth allowing just seven hits. Robert Tasin replaced Fisher in the eighth with two on base and one out, but kept the shutout intact. Lightning strikes halted play after the eighth.

Jonathan Gray (7-1, 1.09 ERA) will make the start across from Texas Tech's Trey Masek (3-0, 0.92 ERA) Saturday in game two of the series. The contest will begin at 2 p.m.



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