Baseball Drops Series Finale to No. 10 Texas Tech
NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team scored four runs in the final three innings but could not complete the comeback and dropped the series finale against No. 10 Texas Tech 8-4 Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners (30-18, 8-10 Big 12) got on the board in the seventh on a single by right fielder Brady Harlan, then plated two runs in the eighth before Harlan doubled home a run in the ninth inning. The Red Raiders (33-14, 14-7 Big 12) led 6-0, then added two runs in the eighth inning.
“This is the first time all year that we have been swept on the weekend, and we have to come out of it no differently than when (a hitter) goes 0-for-4 with four punchouts,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “It’s a game of failure and we have to understand that and make it about one pitch. We can’t make it about winning or losing or going 0-for-4. We have to make it about one pitch and try to understand what goes into one pitch, and play against the baseball.”
Harlan’s line drive to left field in the seventh inning drove home first baseman Tyler Hardman, who was hit by a pitch. In the eighth, center fielder Tanner Tredaway walked and scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by third baseman Brylie Ware, and Hardman drove home catcher Brady Lindsly with a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-3. Harlan launched a double to the right center field gap in the ninth to score shortstop Brandon Zaragoza and cut the deficit to 8-4.
Texas Tech scored a run in the first inning on a double by shortstop Josh Jung, who had four hits and two RBIs in the game. A single by designated hitter Cody Masters in the third, and doubles by second baseman Brian Klein and Jung in the fourth made it 5-0. The Raiders added a sacrifice fly by center fielder Dylan Neuse in the seventh and two runs in the eighth on a double by Masters and a groundout by left fielder Kurt Wilson.
OU starter Ben Abram (6-2) went 3.0 innings and took the loss while TTU starter Bryce Bonnin (4-1) earned the win with 6.0 innings. Harlan finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Lindsly, who tallied six hits and six RBIs in the series, went 1-for-3 and scored a run Sunday.
The Sooners were swept for the first time this season and first time at home since 2015 against TCU. The last time Texas Tech won all three games in Norman was 1999, also the last time the Raiders won a series in Norman.
OU returns to action next weekend for Bedlam against Oklahoma State. The series opens Friday at 7 p.m. at OneOK Field in Tulsa, moves to Oklahoma City Saturday for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Bricktown Ballpark and concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. finale at Mitchell Park in Norman.