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Weekend College Baseball Thread | Oklahoma at #21 Texas Tech

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Sooners Blown Out In Game Two | Drop Series

For the second time in their last three conference series the Sooners find themselves trying to avoid a sweep going into Sunday. What started off as a promising Saturday afternoon in Lubbock turned into an absolute nightmare for Oklahoma.

OU took a 1-0 lead over Texas Tech in the top of the third when Hector Lorenzana knocked in Kolby Carpenter, and then they doubled it up in the fifth when Carpenter knocked in Hunter Haley. Leading 2-0 going into the bottom half of the fifthOklahoma completely fell apart, as Tech scored ten runs on ten hits in the inning.

With all the win taken out of their sails, OU went three-up-three-down, thanks to a double-play, to start the sixth and then Tech's Tyler Nelsony led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run over the left-center wall. There was no doubt about the outcome of the game, at that point, and everything else was just a formality.

The Sooners plated two more runs in the top of the eighth but you could hardly call it a rally as Tech responded with two more of their own in the bottom half.

The hope was that this series would be a turning point for Oklahoma's season, which has gone south in the last month, but it only added more frustration to a young squad that is now seriously fighting for their post season lives.

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Sooners Still Slumping | Drop Opener 9-5

Times are thin for Oklahoma baseball. The slumping Sooners had dropped five of their last six conference games going into their series against Texas Tech on Friday night. While they got off to a solid offensive start, for the second Big Twelve game in a row, they watched their lead quickly slip away into a deficit.

Craig Aikin and Taylor Alspaugh both reached base to lead off the game, and they would both work their way around to score thanks to a passed ball and a sacrifice by Mac James, to put OU up 2-0 in the top of the first. However, the Red Raiders would respond quickly by adding four runs in the bottom half to carry a 4-2 lead heading into the second.

Texas Tech would score at least one run in each of the first five innings, to eventually build their 9-5 lead, and then held Oklahoma scoreless through the final five frames.

Tech Starter Ryan Moseley only lasted through the first inning and then gave way to Jonny Drozd who carried the team through the sixth. Oklahoma was able to get to him for nine hits and three runs, but each time the Sooners plated a base runner the Red Raiders would have an answer in the bottom half. Corey Taylor came in to close the game out for Texas Tech and held OU scoreless through his three innings pitched, giving up just one hit.

Oklahoma's hurlers didn't fare as well, with starter Adam Choplick giving up seven runs off seven hits in his three innings of work. He was relieved by Kindle Ladd who gave up the last two runs in his 1.1 innings on the mound. Robert Tasin and Corey Copping combined to hold Tech scoreless through the final 3.2 innings but by then the damage was too severe for OU to recover.

Aikin, Alspaugh, Sheldon Neuse, Kolbey Carpenter and Austin O'Brien were the only players to record a hit for Oklahoma and no one recorded more than one. Tech had five players record multiple hits with Devon Conley leading the way with a 3-for-5 night.

Oklahoma and Texas Tech will play the second game of their series on Saturday with a first pitch set for noon.

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