1. Red Raider of the Game
Ryan Moseley has had a rough 1st half of the season, not having very good command of his pitches, and just not doing what the Red Raiders needed from their ace. Here at VTM we've been rather critical of Ryan at times but he was on fire tonight. He pitched 4.2 innings, and only gave up a single hit in the 9th. He had a couple walks, and then another intentional to load the bases in the 6th but after that was near perfect. He ended up striking out 4 and was the winning pitcher tonight.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
After Tech got out of the jam in the 6th, with the game still tied at 1, freshman shortstop Trey Ochoa singled to left with 2 runners in scoring position, sending both home and getting to second base himself on an errant throw. Tech would pick up momentum and be in control the rest of the game.
3. Stat of the Game
Tyler Floyd, the #9 hitter in the lineup went a perfect 3-3 and crossed the plate once. Any time you can get the bottom of your lineup on base for the big bats at the top of the order to send home, you'll have a good chance to win.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
In the top of the 8th inning, with Tech up 4-1, and only a couple mistakes or a big swing away from a tie game, Gute was able to get on base due to an error. He made his way all the way to second, and scored on a Zach Davis single to give the Red Raiders an extra insurance run.
5. Big Reason Tech Won the Game
An excellent pitching performance tonight by a veteran pitcher who needs to be able to be counted upon really set the tone for the last half of the game, and potentially the series. Near the end of the game, the OSU broadcasters mentioned how it would be nice to get some runners on base to possibly get past Moseley and get to our bullpen. Even if it didn't win them the game tonight, it might give them an edge the rest of the weekend. But Ryan didn't let that happen and Tech added another mark on the good side of their Big 12 record.
Game 2 in Stillwater will be tomorrow at 3:00pm