Michael Freeman pitches No. 15 Oklahoma State past No. 18 Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Oklahoma State evened its series with 18th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday as the No. 15 Cowboys rode the left arm of Michael Freeman and some timely hitting to an 8-2 win at a sold-out Rip Griffin Park.
Freeman racked up 10 strikeouts, tying a career high, and Dustin Williams collected a career-best four hits as OSU improved to 28-14 overall and 11-6 in Big 12 Conference play.
"Mike [Freeman] continues to compete at a very high level," said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. "He pitched today in a very offensive environment with windy conditions up high and a nice, fast, spongy turf down low, and he competed awfully well. He gave us exactly what we needed coming off a loss -- he stabilized the game and wiggled his way out of a situation or two.
"On offense, we were very, very good in innings five through nine. Our team really competed today and played with a little bit of an edge that is necessary and required to go on the road and beat a quality ballclub like Texas Tech. I was proud of the effort, and our guys didn't back down a bit from the challenge that was in front of them. That's how you draw it up."
Freeman improved to 7-2 on the season. In eight innings of work, he allowed just one unearned run on six hits to go along with his 10 strikeouts and two walks. Texas Tech (27-16, 10-7) had no answers at the plate against Freeman, who did not allow a hit in the first 5.1 innings.
The bottom of the Cowboys' order proved lethal as the six through nine hitters in the lineup combined to go 9-for-15 at the plate. Tim Arakawa had three hits, while Williams led the way with four to go along with a pair of RBIs.