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No. 5 Tech falters in series opener against Oklahoma

LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 5 Texas Tech dropped its series opener 13-8 versus Oklahoma on Thursday night at Rip Griffin Park. The Sooners pounded six home runs, the most the Red Raiders have allowed in a game since March 10, 2010 when Gonzaga registered seven long balls in a single game.

It was the 10th time this season Texas Tech surrendered double-digit runs this season and dropped to 2-8 when doing so. Two of the 10 belong to the Sooners as they defeated the Red Raiders 14-9 earlier this season in Amarillo, using a then-season-high allowed by the Red Raiders of five home runs.

The barrage of home runs started with the first at-bat, as starter Andrew Morris surrendered the first of six home runs over the first five innings. Morris entered the game having allowed multiple homers, two, in one appearance out of his first 12 appearances this season. The loss, is his first of the season, dropping him to 7-1.

It appeared momentarily the Red Raiders would be unphased by the leadoff home run as the home team answered right back scoring three times in the home half over the first four Texas Tech at-bats. Cole Stilwell and Jace Jung registered back-to-back doubles (watch), Jung’s was the RBI, his 54th this season. Ty Coleman followed Jung’s at-bat with his eighth home run this season (watch) to give Tech a 3-1 lead.

Texas Tech’s lead grew to 4-1 in the second inning. Dillon Carter hit a single in his first at-bat, and Stilwell connected for a run-scoring single (watch) to bring Carter home.

Oklahoma starter Jake Bennett settled in during the middle innings, retiring 12 of 14 between the third and sixth innings. He pitched a 1-2-3 third, worked around Carter’s single in the fourth and a hit-by-pitch using an inning-ending double play. Then continued to work perfect innings in the fifth and sixth before running into trouble in the seventh which triggered an end to his outing.

While the Sooners were keeping Tech’s offense off the board between the third and sixth, Oklahoma poured on eight runs that were capped by a four-run sixth inning that was pushed by three home runs in the single frame. Morris was lifted in favor of Jamie Hitt while Oklahoma was holding a 9-4 advantage.

After being held off the board from the second inning forward, Tech’s offense awakened in the ninth, scoring four runs behind five of its 14 hits in the game.

The loss marks the third in a row at home for the Red Raiders. The longest home losing streak since 2015, a four-game stretch from April 25-29.

Quotable
Head Coach Tim Tadlock
On Andrew Morris…
“There’s not a better pitcher down there in our bullpen than Andrew Morris. He’s been one of our best pitchers the whole year. If we could start him tomorrow or Saturday, we would. Anytime we can throw Andrew Morris, we’ll take our chances.”

On the game…
“Within a baseball game you have to go pitch to pitch, and you have to compete pitch to pitch. You just need to do the small things to win a game. I think Oklahoma has a chance to win the Big 12. That’s a good baseball team. Oklahoma is not going to say hey, here’s a game. We’re going to have to go play good, sound fundamental baseball.”

Senior Parker Kelly
On bouncing back…
“Like [coach] Tadlock said, we need go home and get some sleep, so we can get ready to go again tomorrow. He always says baseball never stops, and that it just keeps coming. With that being said, we need to keep working together as a team. We lost tonight, but we have to stick together and compete the rest of the weekend.”

Notables
Texas Tech lost an Andrew Morris start for the first time since Apr. 14 against TCU. The Red Raiders are now 10-2 in Morris’ 12 starts.
With tonight’s setback, the Red Raiders have lost three straight home games for the first time since 2015. That season, Tech dropped four straight (Apr. 25-29) against OSU and GCU.
Texas Tech has now also lost back-to-back home conference games for the first time since 2019, when Tech dropped the finale of a weekend set against Kansas (Apr. 7) and the opener against Baylor (Apr. 18).
Tonight, Tech hit home runs number 77 and 78 on the season. The Red Raiders are now third in the Big 12 this season in longballs.
Murrell was hit by a pitch twice tonight, bringing his season total to 24. Heading into the weekend that would be the fourth-most in the country.
Ty Coleman drove in three more runs tonight, bringing his RBI total to 54 on the season. Coleman is now tied with Jung for third-most in the Big 12 Conference. Shortstop Kurt Wilson leads Tech with 60 runs driven in. Wilson is second in the Big 12 in runs-batted-in.
Up Next
Texas Tech’s series versus Oklahoma continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. The finale is Saturday at 2 p.m. and prior to the contest the senior class will be honored.

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Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics



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