March 17, 2002
STILLWATER, Okla.-- Senior third baseman Paul Powell's three-run homer in the fourth inning provided the offensive spark Oklahoma State needed in a 7-3 win over Texas Tech in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, OSU avoided being swept at home in a conference series for the first time since 1974 and picked up its first conference win of the season. The Pokes are now 12-5 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play while Texas Tech drops to 20-10 and 4-5 in league action.
Cowboy starter Nick McCurdy (2-0) had the longest pitching performance of the season for Oklahoma State to pick up his second win of the season. The Thomasville, Ala. native gave up two runs on nine hits while striking out six in 7.2 innings of work.
Texas Tech jumped on the board in the first inning when catcher Willie Durazo singled home John Slack who had doubled to lead off the game. Cowboy second baseman Nebasett Brown tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when he hit a solo homer to leftfield. Brown finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Red Raider first baseman Bryon Smith hit a solo homer in the second to take a one-run advantage before Powell's homer in the fourth pushed Oklahoma State ahead 4-2.
Powell's RBI single in the eighth pushed the OSU advantage to 7-2. The Cushing, Okla., native finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon with four RBIs to lead the Pokes.
Tech closed out the scoring in the ninth when pinch hitter Travis McElroy hit a solo homer to center off of reliever John Forrest.
Oklahoma State will be back in action this Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Louisville at Reynolds Stadium.