NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma baseball team (33-22 overall, 14-13 Big 12) completed the series sweep of Texas Tech (33-23 overall, 9-16 Big 12) with a 14-11 victory on Sunday for Senior Day at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners used a seven-run sixth inning to take a 13-7 lead and Will Savage recorded his third save in as many days to complete the Sooners’ first Big 12 series sweep of the season.
The last time the Red Raiders were swept in a three-game series was in 2003, the last time they were in Norman.
OU is currently riding its second longest winning streak of the season, seven games, and will enter the Big 12 Tournament after winning 10 of its last 12 games. During the winning streak, OU hitters have combined for a .329 batting average and 52 runs scored on nine homers and 46 RBI.
On Sunday, Ryan Rohlinger led the Sooners in the big sixth inning with a grand slam to left field, plating Freddy Rodriguez, Kody Kaiser and Jeff Scuderi. Rohlinger finishes the regular season as the team’s leader in batting average (.355), hits (75), runs (47), home runs (10), RBI (49) and slugging percentage (.578).
Rodriguez also had a big day at the plate for OU, collecting three hits and three RBI. The Sooners’ shortstop led all hitters against Texas Tech this weekend with a .538 clip (7-for-13) and five RBI.
The scoring started early and came often in the series finale on Sunday. Texas Tech started things off with two runs in the first off OU’s Brad Burns. But the Sooners countered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Rodriguez collected his first of three RBI, in the first inning, on a ground out that plated Kaiser, who had tripled to lead off the game.
Tech came right back to regain the two-run lead in the second inning and chased Burns out of the game in the process. Burns posted his third shortest outing of the season (1 2/3 innings) after allowing four earned runs on six hits and one walk. He was relieved by Steven Guerra making his first relief appearance of the season. The right-hander held Tech scoreless in the third inning but surrendered three runs combined in the fourth and fifth frames.
With a 5-3 lead, Red Raider starter Dustin Richardson gave OU its first lead of the game in the fourth inning. Kevin Smith led off the frame with his second homer in as many days. Rodriguez and Kaiser each singled in the frame to give OU the 6-5 lead , but that advantage would only last till the next inning.
It was in the fifth inning that Texas Tech took its last lead of the game on a Trey Stewart home run and a sacrifice bunt by Cody Fuller.
Besides Rohlinger’s four RBI in the sixth frame, Scuderi, Rodriguez and Aaron Ivey provided clutch RBI hits to give the Sooners a comfortable 13-7 lead.
John Brownell (3-4) recorded the win for OU and Zach Butler (6-1) took the loss for the Red Raiders. Will Savage made his 12th appearance in the Sooners’ last 13 games. OU’s closer entered the game with two outs in the ninth to record his third save in as many days. He has recorded saves in the Sooners’ last four contests and has allowed just one run and one walk in his last eight appearances.
The Red Raiders did keep things interesting with a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings, off Brownell and P.J. Sandoval, to bring Tech within three runs but Savage ended the threat with the bases loaded in the final inning.
Chuckie Caufield made the most of his only at bat in a pinch hitting situation in the eighth, driving a 1-2 pitch to left field for his first career homer at OU and the Sooners’ 14th run of the game. Today’s offensive outburst marked the 15th time this season that OU has scored 10 or more runs in a ball game.
The Sooners will play Missouri (16-11 overall, 37-19 Big 12) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament, held at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Missouri took two of three from the Sooners earlier in the season in Columbia, Mo, and is coming off a series win over Baylor after dropping the series opener in Waco, Texas. For tickets to the Big 12 Tourney, call the All Sports Association at (405) 236-5000.