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April 28, 2014

Sooners stuck on five-game losing streak

LUBBOCK, Texas — The losing streak Oklahoma took to Texas Tech swelled to five games after Sunday’s 14-4 run-rule loss at Rip Griffin Stadium.

The Sooners (25-20, 5-10 Big 12) are in seventh place in the conference standings. Just three weeks ago, they were tied for first.

Texas Tech (35-13, 11-7) once against feasted on OU’s pitching staff, collecting 14 hits with Eric Gutierrez belting two home runs and driving in four runs.

Ralph Garza Jr. moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation on Sunday. The shift did not pay off for the Sooners. Garza (5-2) was rocked for seven runs on eight hits over three innings. The right-hander walked two and hit a batter without recording a strikeout.

As OU did in the series’ first two games, it claimed an early lead.

Hector Lorenzana  delivered a two-out, two-run single in the second inning and Anthony Hermelyn gave OU a 3-1 with an RBI single in the third.

Gutierrez tied it with a three-run in the bottom of the third inning, but OU answered on Kolbey Carpenter’s solo homer in the top of the fourth.

That was it for the Sooners. 

The Red Raiders pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, another run in the fifth and put the run-rule in effect with a six-run sixth inning. Dominic Moreno (3-5) claimed the win in a three-inning-relief effort. He gave up three hits and struck out four. The Sooners, who have dropped nine of their last 10 Big 12 games, return home for the final homestand of the season. They face Dallas Baptist at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Baylor comes to L. Dale Mitchell Park for a three-game series, beginning on Friday.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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