OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma's Andrew Doyle held Texas Tech to two runs on four hits over eight strong innings of work to lead the No. 2 seed Sooners to a 5-2 win over the seventh-seeded Red Raiders on Wednesday evening in the fourth game of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 24-31 on the season and to 0-1 in tournament pool play. Oklahoma improves to 41-16 overall and to 1-0 in pool action.
Texas Tech struck first as the Red Raiders jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top half of the fourth inning. Senior first baseman Chris Richburg drove in the first run with an RBI single to left-center that brought home Joey Kenworthy, who reached on a one-out single. A throwing error by OU second baseman Matt Harughty gave the Red Raiders a two-run lead as Richburg was able to score all the way from first base when Harughty tried to throw him out following a ground ball by Scott LeJeune.
Oklahoma didn't waste any time tying things up as the Sooners went to work with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner at first and second, Sooner designated hitter Ross Hubbard drove a ball to center that got past a diving Taylor Ashby for a bases clearing, two-RBI triple.
The Sooners took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth thanks to heads-up base running by leadoff hitter Jamie Johnson. Johnson reached on a single and scored all the way from second on a groundout by Bryant Hernandez.
Hubbard drove in the final two of his game-high four RBIs in the bottom of the sixth with a two-RBI single that bounced off the glove of a diving Richburg in the hole at first.
Doyle picked up his second win of the season over the Red Raiders and improved to 8-4 overall. He held Tech to just two runs on four hits over eight innings while striking out four. Ryan Duke pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save. Senior right-hander AJ Ramos was charged with the loss for Texas Tech as he surrendered all five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will have Thursday off and will return to action on Friday afternoon against Missouri. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. and the Red Raiders will send junior right-hander Nate Karns to the mound.
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Texas Tech 000 200 000 2 4 1
Oklahoma 000 212 00x 5 8 1
WP = Andrew Doyle (8-4)
LP = AJ Ramos (5-5)
SV = Ryan Duke (15)