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)
- Oklahoma now leads the all-time series against Texas Tech 31-24-1 and has won 3-of-4 games against the Red Raiders this season.
- Today's game marked Tech's first appearance in the Big 12 Conference Championships since the 2006 season. The loss to Oklahoma gives the Red Raiders a six-game losing skid in this tournament dating back to the 2005 season.
- In order to advance to Sunday's championship game, the Red Raiders must win their next two games against Missouri and Texas A&M and have the Sooners lose both their games.
- Senior RHP AJ Ramos now ranks sixth on the career strikeouts (241) list at Texas Tech as he surpassed Jimmy Frush (1994-97) with his first strikeout of the game in the second inning.
- Oklahoma's Andrew Doyle logged eight innings against Tech for the second time this year but yielded his first two runs against the Red Raiders. Doyle earned the win against Tech back on April 10 with eight shutout innings and the two runs scored by Tech in the fourth ended 11 1/3 innings of shutout work for the Sooner right-hander.