STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team clinched the series over No. 14 Oklahoma State with a 14-6 victory on Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The Red Raiders (37-15, 14-9) launched five home runs and racked up 14 runs on 19 hits to win a wild middle game against the Cowboys (29-21-1, 16-7). It was the first time this year Tech has hit five home runs in a game and the first since April 26, 2017, at New Mexico.
Six different Red Raiders produced multi-hit bids at the plate, with four batters tallying three or more. Sophomore Brian Klein put together his first four-hit game of the year and third in his career, with four runs to go with it. Three Tech hitters finished with multiple RBI in the contest, as sophomore Grant Little totaled six behind a pair of three-run homers.
Junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin worked his shortest start of the season on Friday night, going 2.1 frames, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits, with one walk & two strikeouts. He gave way to fellow junior righty Ty Harpenau, who tossed a 4.1 inning gem with one hit & one run allowed, while striking out six to improve to 5-2 this season.
Oklahoma State struck first in the opening frame, using four-straight singles and a sacrifice fly to begin the inning to take a 3-0 lead. Tech got one back in its next trip to the plate thanks to a solo homer by senior Zach Rheams. He sent the second pitch of his at-bat halfway up the screen in left field to make it a 3-1 game for his team-leading 13th homer of the year.
It was the first of five dingers on the night as sophomore Josh Jung demolished a two-run homer over the same screen in left field to tie the game in the third inning. It was Jung’s 11th long ball of the year.
OSU countered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning behind a two-run double from Neustifter to take a 5-3 lead. Tech answered back with a run of its own in the fourth behind an RBI single to right field from junior Cody Farhat, scoring senior Michael Davis after his single. However, the Cowboys erased the run after taking advantage of a throwing error while trying to catch Kroon stealing third, sending him home to make it 6-4.
Enter Grant Little, who lifted a three-run home run to left field after a single (Klein) and a walk (Jung) to begin the fifth, giving Tech its first lead of the night at 7-6. The dinger was Little’s 11th of the year and the 68th by the Red Raiders, good for 10th-most in a single season by a Tech squad. Farhat tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single to score junior Cameron Warren, after he & Davis produced back-to-back singles after Little’s blast.
What’s better than a four-run inning? A five-run inning. That’s what the Red Raiders accomplished in their next trip to the plate in the sixth, kicking off the frame off the same way with a three-run home run by Little. Back-to-back singles from Klein & Jung sent a new pitcher to the mound to face Little, but it ended the same way, as Little crushed his second homer of the night over the top row of bleachers at the softball stadium behind left field to make it 11-6.
With a clean set of bases, Tech kept the inning rolling, taking advantage of a pop up single in front of the pitcher’s mound from Warren with a double scorched by Davis over the center fielder to score him. A single from Farhat on the next pitch brought Davis home to extend the Red Raider lead to 13-6.
The 70th dinger of the season came off the bat of Klein, who finished his four-hit night with a solo bomb to right field to bring the score to its final at 14-6. Among the 70 homers this year, 32 have come in conference play, which is tied for fourth-most during Big 12 action by a Tech squad.
The Red Raiders & Cowboys wrap the regular season on Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Oklahoma.