STILLWATER, Okla. – Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune blasted a two-out, three run home run over the left field wall in the top of the ninth to give Texas Tech a 5-3 series clinching win over Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The win moves Texas Tech to 17-18 on the year and to 6-6 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma State drops to 18-12 overall and to 3-6 in league play.
Tech got the first two runners on base in the ninth by on walks but things quickly looked grim as Joey Kenworthy struckout and Barrett Barnes popped up to get the Red Raiders down to their final out. LeJeune would have no part of a Tech failure as he deposited a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to give the Red Raiders their first lead of the game at 5-3. Bettis, who entered the game with two outs in the eighth, pitched a shutout ninth to seal the victory and the series win.
Oklahoma State took advantage of Jay Johnson's wildness in the second as a leadoff walk eventually led to a run thanks to an RBI double by Kevin Chambers. Chambers' double went to the gap in left-center and gave OSU a 1-0 lead.
A leadoff error in the top of the fifth allowed freshman second baseman Jamodrick McGruder to reach safely and he ended up scoring on an RBI single by sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune. LeJeune's second hit of the day was just what Tech needed to tie the game at 1-1 and it came with two outs in the inning.
Nicolas Rosthenhausler broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run home run to left that gave the Cowboys a 3-1 lead. The home run was his fourth of the year and the second of this series.
Texas Tech scratched across a single run in the top of the eighth when Bonham Hough drove a two-out RBI single into center field that scored Barrett Barnes from second. Barnes led off the inning with a single and his run cut the OSU lead to 3-2.
Chad Bettis picked up the win in relief and improved to 4-3 on the season while OSU's Ian McCarthy fell to 0-1.
Texas Tech returns to action on Wednesday evening when the Red Raiders travel to Dallas for a midweek matchup against Dallas Baptist. First pitch at Patriot Field is set for 6:30 p.m.
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