LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma State erased a five-run deficit with a six-run outburst in the seventh to take a series-clinching win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,724 fans at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 24-30 overall and gives the Red Raiders a final Big 12 record of 12-15. The Red Raiders will be the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State jumped out to a 4-0 lead as the Cowboys scored two runs in both the first and second innings. In the second, OSU third baseman Tyrone Hambly hit a two-run home run which turned out to be the first of three hit on the day by the Cowboys.
Tech began to chip away at the OSU lead with two runs in the third to cut the lead in half. Joey Kenworthy and Chris Richburg picked up RBIs in the inning to put the Red Raiders on the board.
The Red Raiders took a 5-4 lead in the fifth when freshman right fielder Scott LeJeune scored on a balk by OSU starter Tyler Blandford. LeJeune started the inning with an RBI single and then Taylor Ashby tied things up at 4-4 with an RBI single to left.
Texas Tech exploded for four runs in the sixth to take a 9-4 lead. LeJeune delivered the big blow with a two-RBI double to right-center and Ashby followed with another run-scoring single.
The Red Raiders fell apart in the top of the seventh as the Cowboys crushed two home runs off Tech reliever Brian Cloud while the tying and go-ahead runs scored by virtue of two defensive miscues. A two-out fly ball to right field should have ended the inning but LeJeune couldn't hold on to it and that allowed Tom Belza to score all the way from first base. In the next at-bat, Davis Duren hit a routine ground ball to third but it was misplayed by Justin Berry and Mark Ginther scored what turned out to be the winning run.
Texas Tech got runners at first and second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo lined out to third base to end the game.
Sophomore reliever Chad Bettis (5-1) suffered the loss despite not giving up a single earned run. He was charged with two runs scored on two hits over 2 1/3 innings of work. Randy McCurry (3-1) picked up the win for Oklahoma State as he tossed the final 3 2/3 innings allowing just one run on three hits.
Texas Tech is set to face No. 2 Oklahoma on Wednesday at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City. Game times will not be determined until later this evening once the Kansas State-Kansas game has gone final.
R H E
Oklahoma State 220 000 600 10 12 2
Texas Tech 002 034 000 9 9 3
WP = Randy McCurry (3-1)
LP = Chad Bettis (5-1)
SV = None