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April 29, 2013

OU's offense disappears in loss to Texas Tech

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For the record: Oklahoma dipped to 33-11 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12 Conference with Sunday’s 9-3 loss to Texas Tech at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Red Raiders improved to 20-24 and 6-12.

Bullpen issues: The most troubling issue to emerge in Sunday’s loss was the struggles of OU’s bullpen. Ethan Carnes didn’t pitch great, but four earned runs over four innings at least gave the Sooners a chance to win.

The inability of Billy Waltrip, Ralph Garza Jr. and Robert Tasin to get outs put the game out of reach in the middle innings. Waltrip and Garza both walked in runs in the fifth inning. Tasin gave up four hits and three more runs before he could get out of the sixth.

You could chalk it up to having a bad day. However, the bullpen is going to be a bigger factor with starting pitcher Dillon Overton out of the rotation. Jonathan Gray is only starter OU can expect to pitch seven-plus innings a start. The bullpen must be able to hold leads and snuff out rallies if the Sooners are going to win a Big 12 championship.

Leadoff did its part: The Sooners were held to three runs (and only one through the first eight innings) despite getting the leadoff batter on in five of nine innings.

Making contact: OU only struck out twice Sunday and went back to the dugout without putting the ball in play just seven times in the series.

OU’s pitching staff recorded 29 strikeouts in the three-game series.

Golloway left early: OU coach Sunny Golloway wasn’t around for the final three innings. He was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing the call of first base umpire Mark Winter when Texas Tech’s Brennan Moore reached on an infield single to start the inning.

It was Golloway’s second ejection of the season.

Up next: The Sooners hit the road to face Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas.

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