Oklahoma Unable to Erase Early Deficit
LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 14 University of Oklahoma baseball team lost to No. 14 Texas Tech, 12-6, in front of 4,432 at Rip Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners dropped to 26-15 overall and 9-5 in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders improved to 32-8 and 10-4.
Tech scored in each of the first four innings, including a three-run home run by third baseman Josh Jung in the second. Trailing 4-0, Oklahoma got on the board in the top of the third on a solo home run by freshman first baseman Cade Cavalli (Bixby, Okla.) and two more runs on a double by junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas).
The Red Raiders got a run back on a two-out single by shortstop Michael Davis in the home half of the third. The Sooners threatened to cut into the Tech lead again in the fourth with a leadoff-BB, but a diving catch in left field by Grant Little robbed Cavalli of extra bases and slowed the Sooner scoring chance.
Texas Tech then went to work against the OU bullpen in the bottom half. The Red Raiders put four on the board in the inning on four hits and an error, including a two-run home run by designated hitter Zach Reams.
The Sooners chipped away in the top of the fifth as Walker and redshirt-sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas) hit back-to-back home runs. Walker blasted his 10th of the year over the batter’s eye in dead center and Murray put hit off the top of the wall in right.
Right-hander Caleb Killian (6-1) got the win in five innings of work. He allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Senior RHP Devon Perez (Ashburn, Va.) lasted just three innings in the start for OU. Perez (4-1) surrendered five runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters with four strikeouts.
Walker finish the game 4-for-4; matching his career-high in hits. Junior third baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) added a 2-for-2 game with a double and two walks.
For the second week in a row, Oklahoma looks to sophomore RHP Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) in an attempt to salvage its series. First pitch is once again set for 2 p.m.