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April 29, 2013

OU’s bats go cold in loss to Texas Tech

NORMAN — The sun came out Sunday afternoon, but Oklahoma’s bats went back into hibernation.

The Sooners fell to Texas Tech, 9-3, in the final game of the three-game series. The series already belonged to the Sooners, after claiming the first two games. A sweep would have allowed them to pad their lead in the Big 12 Conference standings.

Instead, OU dropped to 33-11 overall and 10-5 in the conference. The Red Raiders rose to 20-24 and climbed out of the league cellar at 6-12.

Over the previous five games, the Sooners had scored 52 runs in wins over New Orleans and the Red Raiders.

Sunday, they scrapped eight hits. The runs came when Craig Aikin scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. Max White scored Jack Mayfield with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Anthony Hermelyn added another run in OU’s final at-bat with a RBI single to score Matt Oberste.

“It’s baseball,” Aikin said. “You’re gonna have your good days and your bad days. You don’t take your good days for granted. Your bad days: you look at them, but you don’t beat yourself up over them. We play again Tuesday and we’ll have a fresh nine innings.”

The series already belonged to the Sooners. They wrapped it up by claiming the initial two games. However, for a team that is trying to win its first Big 12 Conference championship, games like Sunday’s make the difference in the standings.

OU played like a team content with winning two of three. It never led Sunday and never seriously threatened to win the game.

The lackluster afternoon at the plate was displayed by the 1-for-15 effort with runners on base. The Red Raiders were 8 for 23. They were also aided by three OU errors.

The pitching effort wasn’t much better. Ethan Carnes (2-2) took the loss. The left-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 4 1-3 innings. The performance from the bullpen wasn’t any better. Relievers Billy Waltrip and Ralph Garza Jr. both walked in runs in the fifth inning. Robert Tasin gave up three more in the seventh.

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