May 18, 2001
M. RobertsCoach Cochell
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma downed Texas Tech 4-3 to eliminate the Red Raiders in Game 9 of the Phillips 66 Big 12 postseason baseball tournament here Friday.
The winners moved on to face tourney-unbeaten Texas A&M at 10 a.m. (CDT) in the first round of Saturday's semifinals. At least one game follows at 1 p.m. between Nebraska and the winner of Friday's later Iowa State-Oklahoma State tilt at Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark.
OU (25-32) received a complete game pitching performance, the 13th in the 58-game history of the Big 12 tourney, from freshman pitcher Mark Roberts (3-2) for the win. The Owasso, Okla., native made just his third start of the season and struck out four while walking two and pitching his way out of some late-inning jams.
Texas Tech (40-18), in contention for an at-large NCAA bid, managed eight hits in the elimination game and was paced by catcher Anthony Arnerich with a pair of hits and one RBI. Starting pitcher Cory Metzler (5-3) was tagged with the loss after working just the first 3 2/3 innings of the game.
The contest, which tied for the lowest-scoring game in the 2001 tourney with a composite seven runs (along with Nebraska's 5-2 win over Iowa State last Wednesday night), was contingent on a three-run rally by the Sooners in the bottom of the second inning. 2B Matt Fisher hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season, to provide the differential in the game.
Roberts' route-going performance was the sixth by a Sooners' pitcher this season and his first of the 2001 campaign.