Texas Tech Tops Oklahoma, 9-5

Jonny Drozd

Both Texas Tech and Oklahoma jumped on the opposing starters early Friday, but the Red Raiders picked up the win.

Texas Tech opened it's three-game
series against Oklahoma at Dan Law Field with a 9-5 victory after rattling off at least a run in five consecutive innings.

The Red Raiders (33-13, 9-7 in Big 12) produced 13 hits and capitalized on three Sooner errors, which led to the win over a Big 12 rival.

Both teams started off strong in the first inning. The Sooners (25-18, 5-8) scored two runs right off the bat but the Red Raiders came back and answered with four runs. Texas Tech scored at least one run in the four innings that followed.

The offensive leaders tonight were Eric Gutierrez and Devon Conley. Gutierrez accounted for two hits, drove in three runs and scored another. Senior centerfielder Devon Conley finished 3-for-5 at the plate and scored a run.

"He (Gutierrez) understands it's not all about getting a hit, probably never is for him. It is all about driving in runs," Tadloack said. "He has done a good job."

Friday's win goes to relief pitcher Jonny Drozd who was called in early after Oklahoma scored the pair of runs in the first. Starting pitcher Ryan Moseley allowed two hits, which turned into two runs in his only inning pitched. Drozd came behind him and pitched five innings allowing three runs and nine hits but he was backed up by the offense, which made his job easier.

"It's so amazing for our hitters to pick me up like that," Drozd said. "It reassures myself that I need to do my part too and keep them from scoring."

The Sooners stayed within striking distance almost the entire game. Oklahoma accounted for a total of 12 hits and five of those were turned in to runs. After the fourth inning the Red Raiders completely shut down the Sooners.

First pitch for Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

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