Baseball Drops Series Opener to Texas Tech
NORMAN – Catcher Brady Lindsly homered and drove in four runs, but the Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 10 Texas Tech 10-6 Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The start of the game was delayed one hour by rain, but when it began Lindsly gave the Sooners (30-16, 8-8 Big 12) a quick advantage with a two-run home run in the first inning. He hit a two-run single in the fifth inning that extend OU’s lead to 6-3. The Red Raiders (31-14, 12-7 Big 12), which led 3-2 in the fourth inning, scored three runs in the seventh and three in the ninth.
“We lost some momentum there in the sixth with a two-run lead when we got men on first and second with no outs and didn’t score,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “That gave the momentum right to their dugout, and that was the difference in the game.”
Lindsly’s third home run of the season put Oklahoma ahead in the bottom of the first inning. Texas Tech scored a run in the second on an RBI single by left fielder Kurt Wilson and took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice bunt and a fielding error. The Sooners grabbed the advantage again in the fourth inning on pair of bases-loaded walks by designated hitter Justin Mitchell and first baseman Tyler Hardman.
Lindsly delivered again in the fifth inning, chopping a two-run single to the outfield grass deep in the hole at second base, extending the OU lead to 6-3. TTU first baseman Cameron Warren hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and a three-run home run in the seventh to give the Red Raiders a 7-6 lead. A sacrifice bunt and RBI singles by right fielder Tanner O’Tremba and catcher Braxton Fulford in the ninth inning made it 10-6.
OU starter Nathan Wiles struck out four and allowed three earned runs over 5.1 innings while TTU starter Micah Dallas allowed four runs over 3.2 frames. Zack Matthews (0-3) took the loss for OU, and Hunter Dobbins (2-0) earned the win and Taylor Floyd got a save for Texas Tech.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Park with Bark in the Park and Mental Health Awareness day. Full information about Bark in the Park, including the required waiver form, can be found by clicking here. The first 100 dogs inside the gate can receive an OU baseball chew toy and bandana, and all dogs will receive a voucher for the pup concession stand.