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April 26, 2014

Red Raiders take series opener over Sooners

LUBBOCK, Texas — Oklahoma found no solace on the road Friday. Instead, it was just more woes.

The Sooners fell to 25-18 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 Conference with a 9-5 loss to Texas Tech (33-13, 9-7) in the opening game of a three-game series at Rip Griffin Park.

Pitching was OU’s downfall Friday. Starter Adam Choplick struggled with his command walking three to go along with seven hits and allowing seven runs over just three innings.

The left-hander dropped to 3-3 with the loss.

The Red Raiders’ starting pitching wasn’t stellar either. OU tagged two runs on Ryan Moseley in the top of the first inning.

Craig Aikin drew a four-pitch lead-off walk and scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Taylor Alspaugh followed Aikin with a single up the middle and scored on an RBI groundout by junior third baseman Mac James.

But OU couldn’t hold on to the lead. The Red Raiders loaded the bases with nobody out on two walks and a base hit. Eric Gutierrez cleared the bases with a single and advanced to third on an error. He scored on a RBI groundout from Jake Barrios.

Tyler Neslony added to the Texas Tech lead with a solo home run.

Jonny Drozd (5-0) gave up nine hits and three runs in five innings of relief. It was enough to get the win. He made OU swing the bats. Drozd didn’t allow a walk and struck out four.

Corey Taylor pitched the final three innings to record his first save.

Keach Ballard, Anthony Hermelyn and Austin O’Brien all went 2 for 4 for the Sooners, who finished the night with 12 hits. Alspaugh was 2-for-5.

The teams return to Rip Griffin Park at noon today.

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