Looking continue gaining momentum in conference play, the Oklahoma Sooners returned home after an eleven game swing on the road. However, a tough ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders program stood firmly in the way. Despite controlling the contest early, Skip Johnson’s ball club suffered a 10-6 defeat on Friday evening.
After a one hour rain delay, the Sooners trotted out onto the field. Holding the opponent scoreless in the top of the frame, Brady Lindsly homered while quickly securing a 2-0 lead. The junior piled on the stats later in the fifth inning. Driving a single through the hole at second base, the catcher plate two more runs. With four RBIs attributed to his name alone, Oklahoma carried a 6-3 edge into final three innings.
Yet, momentum began to swing as the offense all but disappeared late.
Nathan Wiles started the game on the mound for the Sooners. Allowing four runs over the course of 5.1 innings of work, the RHP stepped off the bump with a potential win still intact. Needless to say, the outcome of the contest hinged upon this decision.
Commenting on the situation, Coach Johnson recognized this the turning point. “We lost some momentum there in the sixth with a two-run lead when we got men on first and second with no outs and didn’t score,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. That gave the momentum right to their dugout and that was the difference in the game.”
Picking up the ball, Zack Matthews eventually took the loss. Facing three batters on the outing, the sophomore from Wellston allowed three runners to cross the plate in the 7th inning — two of which were earned. Now, Oklahoma will look to even the score on Saturday as the two collide once again in Norman.