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Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma

Series Details

Good Guys: #7 Texas Tech Red Raiders (31-11, 10-8)
Bad Guys: #10 Oklahoma Sooners (24-23, 8-10)
When to Watch: Friday, May 14th – Sunday, May 16th
Where to Watch: L. Dale Mitchell Park | Norman, Oklahoma
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

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Official site preview:

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Red Raiders are looking to make a case for a top-8 national seed as they head to Norman. Tech currently sits in third in the Big 12 standings, but boasts series wins over both No. 6 TCU and No. 5 Texas, the No. 9 RPI in the country and a higher strength of schedule (17th) than both the Horned Frogs (21st) and the Longhorns (22nd).

Friday’s matchup between the Red Raiders and Sooners will mark the 92nd all-time between the two programs and the eighth between long-time friends Tim Tadlock and Skip Johnson. Tadlock owns a 15-10 record against Oklahoma since his arrival in 2013. Under his watch, the Red Raiders have won 4-of-7 season series, including a road sweep in Norman in 2019. Tadlock is 5-1 against Johnson since he took over for the Sooners in 2018.

While Tech has been off for 10 days, Oklahoma has played four times. The Sooners went to Morgantown last weekend and earned a series win over the Mountaineers, claiming both games of a Saturday doubleheader (8-7, 9-1) to head home with the series victory. They turned around to play a non-conference game with Oklahoma State on Tuesday in Tulsa, falling 7-3.

Oklahoma Sooner preview:

Leading Off:
• Braden Carmichael was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after pitching 7.0 no-hit innings in the series finale at West Virginia on Saturday night. He struck out a season-high 10 batters and walked four, and retired 13 straight from the third through seventh innings.
• Oklahoma’s 54 home runs this season are the most by a Sooners squad since the 2010 team hit 105 homers. OU has totaled 50 home runs only one other time since 2010 (51 in 2017).
• Oklahoma ranks sixth nationally in hits (475), 10th in walks (241), 14th in doubles (94), 17th in runs (337), 36th in scoring (7.2 runs per game), 27th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.3), 34th in home runs (54), 36th in batting average (.291), 37th in slugging (.461), 38th in doubles per game (2.0) and 40th in OBP (.391).
• OU leads the Big 12 in hits, and ranks second in the league in runs, doubles per game and sacrifice flies (22), and third in batting average, doubles and strikeouts per nine innings.
• Thirty-three percent of Oklahoma’s hits (159 of 475) have gone for extra bases. The Sooners have totaled 94 doubles, 11 triples and 54 home runs in 47 games, an average of 3.4 extra base hits per contest.

Team Stats

Texas Tech
Stat
Oklahoma
0.280
Avg
0.291
0.498
SLG%
0.461
0.404
OB%
0.391
4.39
ERA
5.39
1.34
WHIP
1.43
9.54
SO/9
10.41
4.12
BB/9
4.34
0.972
FLD%
0.969

Game 1 | Friday, May 14th

First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Television: SoonerSports.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Patrick Monteverde (6-2; 3.26)
Oklahoma Probable Starter: RHP Jason Ruffcorn (4-1, 1.43)
Final Score: Oklahoma 9, Texas Tech 8
Winning Pitcher: Wyatt Olds (W, 4-5)
Losing Pitcher: Ryan Sublette (L, 6-2)
Key Hitters: Cody Masters 1-4, HR, 4 RBI; Jace Jung 1-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI; Cal Conley 2-3, HR, 3 R, 1 RBI; Cole Stilwell 1-4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Patrick Monteverde 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO; Kurt Wilson 0.2 IP, 1 BB; Brendan Girton 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 SO; Ryan Sublette 3.0 IP, 1 H, 7 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Oklahoma scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to claim a 9-8 victory over No. 7 Texas Tech baseball in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners (25-23; 9-10) scored three of their nine runs on balls that reached the backstop, including the game-winner, to hand the Red Raiders (31-12; 10-9) a disappointing loss just nine days after Tech defeated OU, 14-4, in Amarillo.

Tech went yard four times in the May 4 midweek matchup with the Sooners and homered four times once again on Friday, including a grand slam from Cody Masters in the first inning to help Tech cash in on the only free passes OU pitching allowed on the night.

Oklahoma, however, answered with a five-run fourth, capped by a three-run blast from Jimmy Crooks that gave OU a 6-5 lead. The Sooners would then score each of their final three runs on wild pitches, getting one in the fifth to make it 7-5, one in the seventh to go up 8-7, and the game-winner in the 10th.

Game 2 | Saturday, May 15th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Micah Dallas (2-2, 3.30)
Oklahoma Probable Starter: LHP Braden Carmichael (6-1, 3.88)
Final Score: Texas Tech 15, Oklahoma 2
Winning Pitcher: Micah Dallas (W, 3-2); Connor Queen (S, 6)
Losing Pitcher: Braden Carmichael (L, 6-2)
Key Hitters: Dru Baker 3-5, HR, 2 R, 6 RBI; Jace Jung 2-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI; Dillon Carter 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI; Braxton Fulford 1-2, HR, 1 R, 4 RBI
Key Pitchers: Micah Dallas 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO; Connor Queen 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Dru Baker and Cal Conley hit a pair of grand slams as No. 7 Texas Tech baseball topped Oklahoma 15-2 on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla., to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

Braxton Fulford added a home run as well for the Red Raiders (32-12; 11-9), who bounced back from an extra-inning loss on Friday and have now compiled three grand slams and seven home runs against the Sooners (25-24; 9-11) this weekend.

All nine of Tech’s starters scored Saturday as the 13-run win went down as the program’s largest margin of victory over the Sooners in the 93-game series history. The Red Raiders outhit OU, 14-9, and posted six-spots in the third and seventh innings.

Baker led four Red Raiders with multi-hit games as he finished 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBI. With Tech leading 4-0 in the third, he blew the game open with a two-out grand slam, doubling the score to 8-0. His six RBI marked a season-high for any Red Raider and also tied the most by any Big 12 player in a conference game this season.

Game 3 | Sunday, May 16th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: SoonerSports.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (2-3, 4.62)
Oklahoma Probable Starter: TBD
Final Score: Texas Tech 13, Oklahoma 2
Winning Pitcher: Mason Montgomery (W, 3-3)
Losing Pitcher: Luke Taggert (L, 1-6)
Key Hitters: Easton Murrell, 2-5, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Jace Jung 1-2, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; Cole Stilwell, 2-5, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI; Cal Conley 2-5, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI; Braxton Fulford 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Mason Montgomery 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO; Chase Hampton 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 7 Texas Tech baseball continued its home run barrage at L. Dale Mitchell Park with five long balls on Sunday to run-rule Oklahoma, 13-2, in seven innings for the series victory in Norman, Okla.

It’s the third-straight Big 12 road series win for the Red Raiders (33-12; 12-9) as they outscored the Sooners 28-4 Saturday and Sunday after dropping a tough one in extra innings on Friday. The run-rule win was Tech’s third of the season and its first over OU since 2014. Tech has now won consecutive series in Norman and 8 of its last 10 against the Sooners overall.

Tech added five home runs to its tally to finish with 12 for the weekend. Dating back to its May 4 win over the Sooners in Amarillo, Tech has blasted 16 home runs against the Sooners while outscoring them 50-17.

Jace Jung, Cole Stilwell and Braxton Fulford all went yard as part of a six-run second inning. Easton Murrell and Cal Conley hit dingers two innings later as part of a five-run fourth.

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