Sophomore Johnathon Tripp allowed one run in his first career Big 12 start, senior Todd Ritchie tied a school record with five walks and senior Adam Kirsch hit two home runs in No. 25 Texas Tech's 16-6 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma State while evening the series on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,956 fans at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Texas Tech (24-10, 5-6 Big 12) had 10 players score a run and eight players tally at least one base hit while head coach Tim Tadlock recorded his 50th career win – needing only 90 games to reach the milestone which tied a school record (Gary Ashby – 90 games, 1984-85).
Oklahoma State (21-10, 4-4 Big 12) allowed its most runs in a game since 2010 when it allowed 17 runs at home against Kansas.
The Red Raiders had their most runs in a Big 12 road game since 2010 when it posted 21 runs at Kansas in the series finale.
Tripp allowed just two base hits and a run in four innings of work with three strikeouts during his first career Big 12 start. He took a no decision after exiting the game in the fifth inning with nobody out.
Junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor (4-0) earned the win pitching a pair of relief innings allowing four runs on six hits.
OSU starter Tyler Buffett (2-1) took the loss allowing two runs – both earned – on four hits with a walk in two innings pitched.
Tech opened the game with a 9-0 lead after plating six runs in the fifth inning, sparked by Kirsch's two-run double, center fielder Zach Davis' two-run single and catcher Tyler Floyd's two-out, two-RBI single through the right side.
Kirsch, who hit two home runs in the game, went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and six RBI. He became the first Red Raider to hit a pair of home runs in a Big 12 game since 2011 (Barrett Barnes – at Oklahoma).
Ritchie, who scored a career-high four runs, tied a school record with five walks. He became the fourth Red Raider in school history to have five walks in a game and is the first since 1999 (Ryan Ruiz – vs. Howard) to accomplish the feat.
Tech had five multiple run innings, including two runs in the second, sixth in the fifth, three in the sixth and a pair of runs in both the seventh and ninth innings.
Kirsch's second home run was a towering shot off the OSU softball press box over the left field wall in the sixth inning, a three-run homer, giving Tech a 10-run lead, 12-2.
Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez went 2-for-5 with four RBI while driving in a pair in the seventh with a two-run single and doing the same in the ninth inning to plate Tech's 15th and 16th runs of the game.
Tech left fielder Tyler Neslony went 2-for-5 with two runs scored while center fielder Zach Davis and catcher Tyler Floyd both drove in a pair of runs.
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