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No. 7 Red Raiders Slam Sooners to Even Series

Braxton Fulford

NORMAN, Okla. – Dru Baker and Cal Conley hit a pair of grand slams as No. 7 Texas Tech baseball topped Oklahoma 15-2 on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla., to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

Braxton Fulford added a home run as well for the Red Raiders (32-12; 11-9), who bounced back from an extra-inning loss on Friday and have now compiled three grand slams and seven home runs against the Sooners (25-24; 9-11) this weekend.

All nine of Tech’s starters scored Saturday as the 13-run win went down as the program’s largest margin of victory over the Sooners in the 93-game series history. The Red Raiders outhit OU, 14-9, and posted six-spots in the third and seventh innings.

Baker led four Red Raiders with multi-hit games as he finished 3-for-5 with a career-high six RBI. With Tech leading 4-0 in the third, he blew the game open with a two-out grand slam, doubling the score to 8-0. His six RBI marked a season-high for any Red Raider and also tied the most by any Big 12 player in a conference game this season.

Dillon Carter rebounded from a tough game Friday with a 3-for-5 performance, including a critical two-out, two-run double in the third inning prior to Baker’s dinger. He also singled in the second and walked and scored on a double steal as part of the six-run seventh.

Jace Jung and Cole Stilwell also recorded multi-hit efforts. Jung went 2-for-4 with two walks and got the scoring started in the first as he followed a Max Marusak double with a double of his own to drive in the game’s first run. Stilwell, meanwhile, finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He is 6-for-11 (.545) with three home runs against OU this season dating back to the May 4 midweek contest.

While the Red Raider offense built an early lead, starter Micah Dallas (3-2) did his job to keep Oklahoma from answering as he held the Sooners scoreless until the fifth. He went on to allow one run on six hits and struck out eight over 6.0 innings to earn his third win of the season. The sophomore has been especially strong over his last three starts, posting a 2-0 record and 2.22 ERA over 20.1 innings.

Connor Queen took over in the seventh and closed out the game with three innings of relief to earn his sixth save of the season. Braden Carmichael (6-2) received the loss for the Sooners.

GRAND SLAM NOTES

  • Saturday marks the first time since at least 2000 that Tech has connected on two grand slams in a game.
  • The weekend is the first time since 1999 that Tech has hit three grand slams in a week, doing so against Howard on Feb. 5-7.
  • The five grand slams this season are the most by a Red Raider club since hitting six in 2004

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