LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 4 Texas Tech baseball team put together a wild finish in Friday’s game vs. No. 14 Oklahoma, climbing back twice late to steal game one of the series, 5-4, in 10 innings.
The Red Raiders (31-8, 9-4) pulled even with OU (26-14, 9-4) in the conference standings after scoring a run in the ninth to tie the game, then two in the 10th to win the series opener. Junior outfielder Cody Farhat worked a one-out, bases-loaded walk to score sophomore outfielder Grant Little for the tying run in the ninth to send the game to extras.
In the 10th, Oklahoma regained the lead on a two-out double from Zaragoza. In Tech’s half of the inning, sophomore outfielder Brian Klein recorded his second hit of the day with one away in the frame, then senior Connor Beck took over the on base path for him. After sophomore infielder Josh Jung walked, the duo executed the double steal to put two in scoring position, which proved to be highly beneficial as Little produced an RBI groundout to tie the game and move the winning run to third.
A fake-steal attempt by Jung caused the OU pitcher to balk, sending Jung home for the game-winning run. It was the first walk-off balk in school history.
Tech finished the day with seven hits, tallying only one over the final 6.0 innings, while taking advantage of four free passes and an error to complete the comeback.
Junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin got the start for the Red Raiders on Friday afternoon, tossing 4.0 innings against OU. Martin exited after allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out two. Junior RHP Ty Harpenau got the win after going the final 1.0 frame, striking out two to improve to 4-1 on the year.
The Red Raiders struck first in the opening frame for an early 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded and two away, junior infielder Cameron Warren sent an infield single perfectly down the third base line, scoring Klein for the first run of the day. It was the 15th time this season Tech has scored in the first inning, posting a 13-2 record when doing so.
OU answered in the top of the second, as Harris hit an RBI single to right field with two away to even the score. In the third inning, a solo homer from Lindsly gave Oklahoma the lead at 2-1.
Senior designated hitter Zach Rheams used a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game up at 2-2. His team-leading 10th home run of the season kicked off the inning & landed in the visitor bullpen.
In the sixth inning, OU’s Walker lifted a one-out single to center field, scoring Harris to re-take the lead at 3-2.
The Red Raiders battled back to tie the game in the ninth, taking advantage of a lead-off error on a grounder from Little. Three-straight walks to Rheams, senior Michael Davis & Farhat resulted in the game-tying run crossing home, sending the game to extra innings.
Oklahoma countered with a two-out double from Zaragoza, scoring Hardman, who singled with two away, to go up, 4-3. However, Tech’s two runs on an RBI groundout & a balk lifted them to a game-one victory.
The Red Raiders return to action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on FOX Sports Southwest.