The Red Raider baseball team traveled to Stillwater sitting in third place in the Big 12 Conference and No. 9 in the nation, according to D1 Baseball. Tech hoped to put up a strong performance and remain top contenders closing out the regular season, and they accomplished that and more.
Friday night the Red Raiders topped the Cowboys in a 7-6 shoot-out. Oklahoma State struck first with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Tech answered in the 4th with an RBI double from Owen Washburn and a grand slam from first baseman Cole Stillwell to put the Red Raiders up 5-2. The Cowboys mounted a comeback through the middle innings. Cole Stilwell scoring the Red Raiders’ final tally on a passed ball in the 8th inning would be enough to close it out. Andrew Morris pitched five innings and improved to 7-0 on the year.
Tech came back even stronger on Saturday and routed Oklahoma State 9-3. The game was tied 1-1 through the first 4 innings. Hudson White began the 5th inning with a solo home run to left field. Jace Jung hit an RBI single to center field, and Ty Coleman reached 1st on an error. Owen Washburn unloaded the bases with a grand slam to left field, putting the Red Raiders ahead 8-1. Kurt Wilson would wrap up the game with a solo home run down the line in the top of the 9th inning. Brandon Birdsell pitched seven strong innings, picking up five strikeouts.
The team completed the sweep on Sunday afternoon with a 6-4 victory. Jace Jung started off the game with a solo home run in the 1st inning to put the Red Raiders ahead to start off the game. Hudson White had an RBI double in the second inning and Owen Washburn scored two on a single to center field in the 5th inning. White picked up a single in the 5th as well, scoring Owen Washburn. Jung scored Cole Stilwell on an RBI single in the 6th inning to put the Red Raiders ahead 6-2. Oklahoma State mounted a comeback in the later innings but again could not catch the Red Raiders. Chase Hampton struck out 9 in 5 innings on the mound, playing a large part in icing the Oklahoma State bats.
The Red Raiders improve to 35-16 overall and 14-7 in conference play. They return to Lubbock just behind TCU who also had a stellar weekend and improved to No. 5 in the nation.
The Red Raiders will host the Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock this weekend to close out the regular season. If the team can keep the momentum rolling, they are on track for another red-hot performance this weekend that can only help as we look towards the Big 12 tournament in Arlington.