Baseball Falls to Texas Tech Saturday
NORMAN – Brady Lindsly homered for the second straight game and Levi Prater allowed one run over six innings, but the Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 10 Texas Tech 7-3 Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
As he did on Friday, Lindsly hit a two-run home run to give the Sooners (30-17, 8-9 Big 12) a 2-0 lead. On Saturday, his fourth homer of the season broke a scoreless contest in the fifth inning. The Red Raiders (32-14, 13-7 Big 12) scored seven runs in the last four innings, including four runs in the seventh.
Prater struck out six batters and allowed just three hits over six frames. Ledgend Smith (0-1) took the loss for OU while reliever Connor Queen (3-0) earned the win for TTU.
“I told the team, you have to take a learning lesson from what baseball does,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “Look at the play where the guy hits the ball off the wall, we almost make the catch, our guy goes out there and makes a good relay to throw the runner out at the plate, and everyone is going crazy. The bottom half of that inning, we get momentum and hit a two-run homer and all of a sudden we’re up 2-0, but we lost it.”
The Sooners grabbed momentum in the fifth inning, ending the top half with a perfect double relay from right field to throw out the batter at home plate. In the bottom half, center fielder Tanner Tredaway led off the inning with a single to set up Lindsly’s home run. Tredaway went 3-for-4 in the game, and Lindsly finished with two hits Saturday after collecting three hits on Friday.
Texas Tech cut OU’s lead to 2-1 in the sixth inning on a walk, but Prater got the next batter looking to end the threat and strand the bases loaded. The Raiders scored four runs in the seventh on a two-run double by second baseman Brian Klein and a two-run home run by shortstop Josh Jung to go ahead 5-2. Right fielder Gabe Holt doubled in a run in the eighth, and an error allowed a run to score in the ninth to make it 7-2.
On the relay play in the fifth inning, right fielder Brady Harlan crashed into the wall trying to make the catch, and second baseman Conor McKenna had to run out to right field to retrieve the ball that had caromed away from the wall. McKenna then fired a relay to first baseman Tyler Hardman who fired in turn to Lindsly at the plate to nab catcher Brady Fulford just before he touched the plate, preventing an inside the park home run.
OU has dropped the first two games of a series for the first time this season, and the loss breaks a streak of eight straight series won at home against the Red Raiders. The last time Texas Tech had won a series in Norman was in 1999.
The Sooners and Red Raiders conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.