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Red Raiders' Big 12 series-opening woes continue in 3-1 loss to OSU

Posted: April 4, 2014 - 10:12pm  |  Updated: April 5, 2014 - 12:31am
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STILLWATER, Okla. — A pair of RBI doubles by Conor Costello and Saulyer Saxon were all No. 20 Oklahoma State needed to outdistance themselves from No. 25 Texas Tech and take a 3-1 victory over the Red Raiders in the opener of a Big 12 Conference series Friday night at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The loss drops the Red Raiders to 23-10 on the season and 4-6 in Big 12 play. It’s also their fourth straight series-opening loss as they have now been outscored in four Big 12 Friday games by a combined score of 24-2.

The only run of the game for Tech came on a leadoff solo home run by Eric Gutierrez, his fifth of the season, to open the fifth inning. That pulled Tech to within 2-1 at the time.

But the Cowboys (21-9, 4-3) would answer in the bottom of the inning to re-establish its two-run lead on a leadoff single by Tim Arakawa and a double down the left-field line by Saxon. Saxon also scored after leading off the third being hit by Tech reliever Cameron Smith, and coming around on a double to right-center by Costello.

OSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Tech starter Matt Withrow (3-3), who did not record an out in the second inning after allowing a leadoff double by Gage Green, a walk and an infield single. He balked home Green before Smith got a fielder’s choice from Arakawa and a double play ball from Craig McConaughy.

Smith left with two outs in the fifth after allowing OSU’s third run of the game. Dominic Moreno, who had been Tech’s Friday starter up until this weekend, got the final out of the fifth then worked three scoreless innings to keep the Red Raiders within striking distance.

But Tech could never strike. After Gutierrez’s homer, Stephen Smith reached on a bunt single, and an error by OSU shortstop Donnie Walton on a grounder by Hunter Redman put the tying run 90 feet away with no outs.

But OSU starter Jon Perrin (3-2) rallied to get Tim Proudfoot to hit into a fielder’s choice, with Smith being tagged out at home, then struck out Bryan Burleson and got Jake Barrios on an infield pop-up.

From there Tech had just two more baserunners, a leadoff single in the sixth that was erased on a double play, and a hit batter by reliever Garrett Williams to open the ninth that was stranded at first by closer Brendan McCurry.

The teams will resume the series at 3 p.m. today.

OKLAHOMA STATE 3, TEXAS TECH 1

Texas Tech Oklahoma State

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Proudfoot ss 4 0 1 0 Saxon cf 2 1 1 1

Burleson 2b 4 0 0 0 Walton ss 2 0 1 0

Barrios 3b 4 0 0 0 Costello rf 4 0 1 1

Neslony lf 3 0 2 0 Krietemeier 1b 4 0 0 0

Floyd ph 0 0 0 0 Green c 3 1 2 0

Kirsch rf 4 0 0 0 Fish dh 3 0 0 0

Humphreys dh 4 0 0 0 Sluder lf 3 0 1 0

Gutierrez 1b 3 1 1 1 Arakawa 2b 3 1 1 0

SSmith cf 3 0 1 0 McConaughy 3b 2 0 1 0

Redman c 3 0 0 0

Totals 32 1 5 1 Totals 26 3 8 2

Texas Tech 000 010 000 — 1 5 0

Oklahoma St. 011 010 00x — 3 8 1

E — Walton (9). DP — Texas Tech2, Oklahoma State 1. LOB — Texas Tech 6, Oklahoma State 6. 2B — Saxon (2), Walton (9), Costello (6), Green (7). HR — Gutierrez (5). SH — Walton 2(6), McConaughy (3). SB — Green (13). CS — Costello (1).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Texas Tech

Withrow (L, 3-3) 1 2 1 1 2 1

CSmith 32/3 3 2 2 2 0

Moreno 31/3 3 0 0 1 2

Oklahoma State

Perrin (W, 3-2) 6 5 1 1 1 4

Wheeland 2 0 0 0 0 2

Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0

McCurry (S, 6) 1 0 0 0 0 1

Williams faced 1 batter in the 9th.

HBP — by CSmith (Saxon), by Williams (Floyd). BK — Withrow (1). U — Coskey, Morehead, Mazzarisi, Harrison. T — 2:28. A — 508. Records: Texas Tech 23-10, 4-6; Oklahoma State 21-9, 4-3.

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Pretenders

obvious not contenders.

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