LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 14 University of Oklahoma baseball team left West Texas with a 12-5 win over No. 4 Texas Tech in front of 4,432 at Rip Griffin Park on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners salvaged the series to improve to 27-15 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders, who lost at home for just the second time this year, fell to 32-9 and 10-5.
Oklahoma led from the jump with a three-run first. Tech’s got on the board in the second with a leadoff-home run to center by left fielder Grant Little. OU sophomore right-handed pitcher Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) was dominant after that. The Sooners got him four insurance runs in the seventh to push their lead to 7-1. Wiles came back out for his final complete inning of work in the bottom half and put the Red Raiders down in order.
In the eighth, junior right fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) capped off his second four-hit game of the weekend with a two-run home run to right with the entire TTU infield playing on the right side.
Walker had the first hit of the day, a first-inning single, as OU loaded the bases with one out. Sophomore catcher Brady Lindsly (Keller, Texas) promptly drove in two with a single through the right side. Junior third baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) added a sacrifice-fly to give the Sooners an early, three-run lead.
Wiles (4-2) was pulled with three runs in during the bottom of the eighth as he went 7.1 innings. He allowed five runs, four of which came in the eighth, on eight hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk.
Oklahoma got plenty of insurance in the final three innings; totaling nine runs. The Sooners answered the Red Raiders’ four-run eighth with three in the top of the ninth. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) lined his third hit of the day to drive in a run. Lindsly added his second two-run single of the day to push the game to its final 12-5 score.
For the game, Oklahoma outhit Texas Tech, 17-9. Walker was 4-for-6, while Zaragoza and senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) each went 3-for-5.
Right-hander John McMillon (4-2) took the loss for the Red Raiders. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
OU returns to Texas on Tuesday, April 24 for a 6:30 p.m. tilt at UT Arlington.