Gray Leads OU to 6-2 Win Over Texas Tech

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 2 0 2 5 2
 Oklahoma 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 6 11 1
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Gray 7.1 2 1 1 2 7
 S - Evans 1.1 0 0 0 1 3
 L - Masek 6.0 8 5 3 2 1
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Aikin 5 1 3 1 0 0
 OU - Oberste 4 1 2 2 1 0
 OU - Bickerstaff 4 0 1 2 0 0
 TTU - Burleson 4 0 1 1 0 0
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Junior right-hander Jonathan Gray allowed one run on just two hits in seven and one-third innings as the No. 11 University of Oklahoma baseball team won its fifth-straight game with a 6-2 victory over Texas Tech Saturday.

In front of a season-high 2,668 fans on a beautiful day at L. Dale Mitchell Park, Oklahoma (33-10, 10-4 Big 12) ensured a series win over Texas Tech (19-24, 5-12 Big 12). The Sooners won Friday's series opener 8-0 after weather delayed the final inning until early Saturday afternoon.

Gray opened the game with three-straight strikeouts and added two more in the top of the second inning. He became the first OU pitcher to strike out five straight batters since J.R. Robinson struck out six-straight on May 22, 2010 against Kansas.

"I thought Jonathan Gray did a good job," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "Coming out and scoring three runs in the first inning was big. It's always better to pitch with a lead, but Jonathan's been pretty dominant regardless of whether he throws on Friday or Saturday. It wouldn't even matter if we had him throw on Monday. I think he's really special. I'm biased, but I clearly believe he's a special pitcher in college baseball."

OU came out hot in the bottom of the first with three runs to break the game open. Matt Oberste scored the first run on a one-out fielding error that allowed Anthony Hermelyn to score. Colt Bickerstaff followed with a double to right-center to score both Craig Aikin and Hermelyn.

A 3-0 lead was all Gray needed, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He struck out seven and improved to 8-1 on the season.

The Sooners added two more runs in the sixth when Matt Oberste doubled to right to score Jack Mayfield and Hector Lorenzana.

Texas Tech responded with two runs in the seventh, which snapped a streak of 22 straight scoreless innings by the OU pitching staff.

Oklahoma answered back with one run in the bottom of the eighth for the game's final tally.

Jacob Evans, who pitched an inning and a third to close the game, earned his eighth save of the year. The freshman entered the game with two outs and two runners but allowed no runs on no hits. He struck out three.

The Sooners look to complete the sweep of Texas Tech in Sunday's series finale at 1:00 p.m.



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