April 21, 2001
Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat No. 30 Texas Tech, 6-5, in baseball action Saturday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (2-for-4) was the offensive hero of the night for the Sooners driving in the winning run with a two out RBI single that plated junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4). Oklahoma freshman Mark Roberts (1-2) picked up his first career win after relieving starter Evan Greusel in the eighth inning and striking out four of the five batters he faced in the game, including the side in the ninth. OU's win snapped a TTU nine-game winning streak and a six-game losing skid to the Red Raiders at L. Dale Mitchell Park dating back to 1997. Oklahoma improved to 16-27 overall and 10-13 in the Big 12 Conference, while Texas Tech fell to 31-15 overall and 14-9 in the league.
Freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (2-for-3) began OU's comeback in the eighth with a leadoff single, followed by a walk to senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (1-for-3) and a fielder's choice, nailing Fisher out at third, by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (0-for-4). With runners at second and first, Garcia delivered a single to bring home Godsey from second and move Bartlett over to third. After senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (1-for-4) struck out for the second out of the inning, senior designated hitter Sean Smith (3-for-4) singled home Bartlett to tie the game before Frasier knocked in the winning run in the next at bat.
OU charged back in the second inning, down 3-0, to tie the game at three. Dobbs led off the frame with a single, the first of four-consecutive hits for the Sooners in the inning. Smith followed with another single to put runners at the corners before Frasier stepped to the plate and knocked in the first of his team-high two runs of the game with a double to center field. Junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-4) and Fisher later contributed run scoring singles to plate Smith and Frasier for the final two runs of the inning.
Texas Tech racked up all of its runs on home runs by desiganted hitter Austin Cranford (2-for-5), rightfielder Kerry Hodges (3-for-4) and first baseman Chad Landry (2-for-3). Cranford's solo shot led off the game, while Hodges plated a two-run shot in the second inning and Landry hit another two-run homer in the fourth frame.
The Sooners and the Red Raiders will square off in the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.