Tech's Bettis pitches past Sooners, 5-1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/09

Tech's Bettis pitches past Sooners, 5-1

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NORMAN, Oklahoma - Sophomore right-hander Chad Bettis put the Red Raiders on his shoulders and carried them to a 5-1 win over No. 11 Oklahoma in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.  The season-high crowd of 1,672 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park watched Bettis hurl his first career complete game and hold a potent Sooner attack to a season lows in both runs (1) and hits (4).  The win helped Tech avoid a three-game sweep to the Sooners as they posted shutouts of 6-0 and 4-0 to clinch this series.

Bettis, who has now been part of all seven Tech wins in the Big 12, was sensational all afternoon as he held the Oklahoma offense scoreless over eight innings before allowing a solo run in the ninth.  Bettis, now 4-0 on the year, earned the start in the third and final game of this series after not seeing any action as a reliever in the first two games.  On the day, Bettis scattered just four hits along with three walks and established a new career-high with nine strikeouts.

The win gives Texas Tech a 16-22 overall record and a 7-8 mark in the Big 12 Conference.  Oklahoma drops to 28-8 overall and to 8-4 in league action.

The Red Raiders put an end to 20 scoreless innings against the Sooners with two runs in the top of the third.  Tech's first run of the game (and the series) came on a sacrifice fly by freshman left fielder Scott LeJeune when he plated Michael Reed with a deep ball to center.  Reed led off the Tech half of the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Joey Kenworthy.  Tech's second run came on a well executed pickoff play as Ashby broke from first base and OU starter Antwonie Hubbard threw the ball into right field and that allowed Chris Richburg to score from third.

Tech's 2-0 lead held until the top of the ninth when the Red Raider broke open the game with three runs to take a 5-0 lead.  Ashby delivered the crushing blow with a two-RBI double to right that scored Kenworthy and Richburg.  Ashby then scored the third and final run on a fielding error by OU shortstop Bryant Hernandez.

A leadoff double by OU's Aaron Baker in the bottom of the ninth led to the only run of the game for the Sooners as he eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Ross Hubbard.

Texas Tech returns to action on Monday afternoon when the Red Raiders face the No. 19 TCU Horned Frogs at Lupton Stadium in Forth Worth.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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