Lubbock, Texas- The Red Raiders (15-9, 1-3 Big 12 Play) couldn't overcome a bad first inning on Saturday and dropped their first home conference game to Oklahoma (14-10, 1-4), 5-3.
Saturday's game against the Sooners, which had 4,187 in attendance, was the largest crowd since the Red Raiders faced #15 Oklahoma on April 21 2006 with an attendance of 4,407.
Center fielder Barrett Barnes had a big game as he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and a two out RBI in the bottom of the third.
Barnes said Sunday's game against Oklahoma is a very important game, as every conference game is and the Red Raiders need to win to take the series against the Sooners.
"It's important" Barnes said, "Every game is important, it doesn't matter if it's the first, second or third game of the series every single one of them is important and we need to come out tomorrow and get a win".
John Neely pitched a career-high seven innings in Saturday's contest. Neely had one strike out, one walk, four earned runs and seven hits in his seven innings pitched.
Neely had a rough start, giving up two runs in the top of the first but bounced back and kept the Sooners from doing major damage once he settled down.
"I was a little juiced and amped up in the first two innings and left the ball up and they took advantage of it," Neely said. "I settled in and kept the ball down and got some ground balls"
Coach Dan Spencer said that this team has the mentality to put this loss behind them and will come out tomorrow ready to play and will not look back.
"Guys are going to have an idea where they are set and they will show up in a big way" Spencer said.
Tech returns to Rip Griffin Park on Sunday at 1pm looking to win the series against Oklahoma