|W - Drozd (5-0)||5.0||9||3||3||0||4|
|L - Choplick (3-5)||3.0+||7||7||7||3||5|
|S - Taylor (1)||3.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|TTU - Gutierrez||4||1||2||3||0||1|
|OU - Hermelyn||4||0||2||1||0||0|
LUBBOCK, Texas – The University of Oklahoma baseball team opened its road series at No. 21 Texas Tech with a 9-5 loss at Rip Griffin Park on Friday night. The Sooners dropped to 25-18 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders improved to 33-13 and 9-7.
Oklahoma scored twice in the first inning and had all five of its runs scored through four innings, but failed to keep Texas Tech off the board in each of the first five innings.
Despite claiming a two-run lead in the first, the Sooners would surrender four in the bottom half and trail the rest of the way, narrowing the gap to one by the middle of the fourth.
In the first, sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) drew a four-pitch lead-off walk and scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Redshirt-junior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (Broken Arrow, Okla.) followed Aikin with a single up the middle and scored on a RBI groundout by junior third baseman Mac James (New Braunfels, Texas).
The Red Raiders started quickly in the home half of the first; loading the bases with nobody out on two walks and a base hit. First baseman Eric Gutierrez cleared the bases with a single to right field and advanced to third on an error. He scored on a RBI groundout from third baseman Jake Barrios.
Left fielder Tyler Neslony added to the Texas Tech lead with a solo home run into the Red Raider bullpen beyond the right field wall.
Redshirt-sophomore lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) was chased after allowing a lead-off walk in the fourth inning. In three-plus innings of work, Choplick (3-3) gave up seven runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks, despite striking out five.
For Texas Tech, right-hander Ryan Moseley lasted just one inning in his second start of the season. He was tagged for two runs on two hits and a walk. Left-hander Jonny Drozd (5-0) pitched five innings of relief to earn the win. He allowed nine hits, but just three runs as he didn’t allow a walk and struck out four.
Right-hander Corey Taylor pitched a three-inning-save to lock down the win. He allowed just one hit and struck out one.
The Sooners were outhit by the Red Raiders, 13-12. Four different players recorded a two-hit game. Junior second baseman Keach Ballard (Durant, Okla.), sophomore catcher Anthony Hermelyn (McKinney, Texas) and freshman first baseman Austin O’Brien (Owasso, Okla.) all went 2-for-4, while Alspaugh was 2-for-5.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 12:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will toe the rubber for Oklahoma.