Raiders Blast Oklahoma 9-3

Gera Alvarez extended his consecutive game hitting streak to 30 games, which set a Tech record, and Bryon Smith went 3-for-3 with three runs scored during Tech's 9-4 win over Oklahoma on Saturday night at Dan Law Field.

Tech (33-16, 12-11) scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Alvarez, which plated Jon Slack, who led off the inning with a bunt single.

Scooter Jordan delivered a bases loaded double in bottom of the third and Alvarez singled to give Tech a 4-0 lead. The RBI single by Alvarez gave him a 30-game hitting streak, which surpassed the 29-game school record held by former All-American Keith Ginter in 1997.

Oklahoma (24-19, 8-9) put two runs on the board in the fourth via leadoff doubles by Luke Alexander and Chris Jakubauskas. Matt Bose plated Jakubauskas with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Smith led off the fourth with a double and Joel Buchenauer followed with a bunt single, which put Tech runners at the corners. In the next at-bat, Slack pushed Tech's lead to 5-2 with a sacrifice fly to left field. Jordan followed with a single and Nick Blankenship added his first hit of the series, an RBI single to center, which Tech's lead to 6-2.

Oklahoma's Jason Fransz rallied the Sooners in the top of the seventh with a two-run home run over the left field wall to bring the score to 6-4.

The Raiders responded to Fransz' homer in the bottom half of the inning with three runs on three hits. Slack delivered the inning's first blow with a two-out two-run RBI, which extended Tech's lead to 8-4. Jordan followed with an RBI single, which plated Slack from second.

Nathan Fouts (7-5) earned the victory for Tech after tossing seven innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits. David Purcey (3-3) suffered the loss for Oklahoma after giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and four walks.

The Raiders will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of Oklahoma tomorrow at 1 p.m. during action at Dan Law Field.

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