Norman, Oklahoma. Half of Texas Tech’s order on Saturday came to fruition. The back end of the bullpen was perfect thanks to Ryan Fry.
The Frisco junior left-hander struck out all 15 batters he faced in the final five innings of Texas Tech’s 9-5 20-game win over Oklahoma and the Red Raiders’ first in baseball series. Big 12 East station. . to the. The final will be played at Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday at 2pm.
Tech (25-11, 6-5) is ranked sixth in the Big 12 but is just one game behind No. 1 Texas (25-12, 7-4), which lost to Baylor on Saturday. The top seven teams in the conference are split into two matches.
Freeh (4-3) doubled last season’s high with nine hits. That includes the Sooners’ last four wins.
Leadoff hitter Kevin Basile went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Five-hole shortstop Gavin Cash, who hit two home runs and drove in six runs in Friday night’s 10-run 13-7 win, tied for 16th in the conference by hitting another home run. The lefty first baseman finished with three RBI and scored two runs.
Austin Green followed with a two-run single and Jake Vuletich went 3-for-5 behind Basel and Cash.
Tech erased a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the third inning and three in the fourth. The Red Raiders tied the game when Bazzle hit an RBI single, and an error by left fielder Rock Garza-Gangora allowed him to score at second. Green Tech took the lead with a single up the middle and Dylan Maxey’s single made it 5-2.
In the fourth, Basel hit a home run and Cash hit it to right field.
OU battled back in the fourth, led by homers from Dakota Harris and Kendall Bettis, and Jackson Nicklaus hit three home runs with a one-out hit against Tech starter Trendon Parrish. After giving up a double and bunt, Parrish retired the next two batters.
Frye, who replaced Parrish, started the fifth and led the Sooners in the longest drive of 16 seasons. The son of former Tech baseball player Kelly Free and Tech Hall of Fame golfer Tracy Thompson Free joined the Red Raiders this year after two years at Grayson College.
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Free Parish (5) and Maxxi; Dout, Kirsten (5), Campbell (7), Davis (8) and Muniz. W Free (4-3) D- Douthit (4-2). 2B—Texas Tech, Basel 2 (18), Vuletic (4); Oklahoma, Moniz (3) HR: Texas Tech, Cash (16); Oklahoma, Nicklaus (5). Records: Texas Tech 25-11, 6-5; Oklahoma 18-18, 3-8.
This article originally appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Ryan Free shines as Texas Tech shuts down No. 20 Oklahoma to win Big 12 series