Dates: Wednesday, February 24th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Sam Houston State Bearkats (0-3, 0-0)
Location: Don Sanders Stadium | Huntsville, TX
Game Notes: PDF
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates
Texas Tech will hit the road for the first game of the year, facing Sam Houston State tonight at 6:30 pm. The Bearkats are 0-4 on the year, losing their opening series to Louisiana-Lafayette (one of Texas Tech’s opponents this weekend) for the first three games and then losing their first home game, 8-5, to UTSA. This is really the first leg in a four game stretch where Texas Tech will then head to Houston this weekend to play at Minute Maid Park and take on Houston, Lafayette and Arkansas.
Texas Tech is starting Gingery, one of the relief pitchers from this weekend. I think Gingery had one of the roughest outings of any of the relief pitchers, and took the lone loss for the weekend. I’m always interested to see how Tim Tadlock manages his pitching staff, especially young pitchers.
Right now, Texas Tech is hitting very well, after just one series (small sample size) as Stephen Smith and Eric Gutierrez, along with Tanner Gardner, are ll hitting above .500 this early season.
Mid-Week Game: Wednesday, February 24th @ 6:30 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Steven Gingery (0-1, 16.20)
Sam Houston St. Starting Pitcher: RHP Jordan Church (0-0, 0.00)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 11, Sam Houston State (Recap | Box Score)
Steven Gingery got the start, but it was a rough start, giving up 5 hits and 5 runs, all earned, in just 2.1 innings. Gingery walked 2 and struck out 1 as well as hit 2 batters. Davis Martin came in relief and pitched 1.2 innings, allowing just 1 hit and earning the win. Robert Dugger and Ryan Shetter pitched the final 5 frames, Dugger, a JUCO from Cisco J.C., pitched 3 hits, no runs, walking none and striking out 4, and Shetter pitched the final 2 frames, giving up 2 hits, 1 run and striking out 3.
The offense bailed out that starting pitching as they had 12 hits and knocked in 9 runs, led by Stephen Smith who was 3 of 6 with 2 RBI. Cory Raley and Eric Gutierrez each had 2 hits, Raley was 2 of 6 with an RBI and Gutierrez was 2 of 3 with an RBI and 2 walks.