Big 12 baseball: OU rolls past Texas Tech 8-0

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013
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photo - OU's Matt Oberste (14) slides home to score past Texas Tech catcher Mason Randolph (18) in the 8th inning during an NCAA baseball game between Oklahoma and Texas Tech in the Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 24, 2013. OU won 8-0. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Matt Oberste (14) slides home to score past Texas Tech catcher Mason Randolph (18) in the 8th inning during an NCAA baseball game between Oklahoma and Texas Tech in the Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 24, 2013. OU won 8-0. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Sooners dropped two of three last week to the Wildcats to finish as the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

Jake Fisher will start on the mound for the Sooners. Fisher pitched seven innings in Sunday's regular-season finale win at Kansas State.

“We have to beat those guys if we want to get a ring,” Sooners second baseman Hector Lorenzana said. “We came in here to win a championship. Winning tomorrow is gonna give us a good opportunity to do that.”

Texas Tech and Baylor will play at 9 a.m. Saturday in a game that means nothing for either team as neither has a chance to advance to the championship and neither figures to be selected to play in a regional.

Oklahoma shouldn't have that problem after its pitching staff has opened the tournament with 18 consecutive scoreless innings.

Thursday, it was Gray throwing a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win over Baylor.

Against Texas Tech, Overton, Ralph Garza and Kindle Ladd combined for the shutout.

Overton had battled through arm trouble and hadn’t made a start for 12 days before Friday's appearance.

Golloway planned to keep Overton around the 100-pitch mark. Overton threw 108 pitches against Texas Tech, with 26 coming in the second inning.

“It’s good,” Overton said of his arm. “It’s a little bit tired, but that’s expected when you haven't thrown a whole lot in the last two or three weeks. It bounces back really quick and I'll be ready to go next week.”

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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