“I feel like I could have done better,” Carnes said. “It’s baseball; you have to shake it off quick.”
The Red Raiders did. After scoring just two runs in the series first two games, eight of the nine players in their lineup had a hit Sunday and seven of them had two. Todd Ritchie and Devon Conley both drove in two runs.
It was Conley’s infield single to start the seventh inning that put the game out of reach. OU coach Sunny Golloway was ejected after the call. He did not speak to the media after the game.
Texas Tech put three more runs on scoreboard before OU finally got out of the inning.
Dominic Moreno (3-2) picked up the victory. He held OU to one run on five hits over five innings.
For the record: Oklahoma dipped to 33-11 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12 Conference with Sunday’s 9-3 loss to Texas Tech at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Red Raiders improved to 20-24 and 6-12.
Bullpen issues: The most troubling issue to emerge in Sunday’s loss was the struggles of OU’s bullpen. Ethan Carnes didn’t pitch great, but four earned runs over four innings at least gave the Sooners a chance to win.
The inability of Billy Waltrip, Ralph Garza Jr. and Robert Tasin to get outs put the game out of reach in the middle innings. Waltrip and Garza both walked in runs in the fifth inning. Tasin gave up four hits and three more runs before he could get out of the sixth.
You could chalk it up to having a bad day. However, the bullpen is going to be a bigger factor with starting pitcher Dillon Overton out of the rotation. Jonathan Gray is only starter OU can expect to pitch seven-plus innings a start. The bullpen must be able to hold leads and snuff out rallies if the Sooners are going to win a Big 12 championship.