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Preview and Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. California

The Red Raiders start four freshman pitchers as they face the No. 9 team in the nation, the California Golden Bears.

Series Details:

Dates: Friday, March 11th – Sunday, March 13th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-5, 0-0)
Bad Guys: California Golden Bears (9-3, 0-0)
Location: Evans Diamond | Berkley, California
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: None
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates

California opened their season losing 2 of 3 from Duke in Durham, and then coming back home and sweeping Purdue, while winning a mid-week game against San Francisco and losing to Michigan. Then, last weekend, the Golden Bears swept Texas, in Austin, in a 4-game series. That 4-game sweep of Texas on the road should maybe tell us what to think about Texas Tech in terms of how they’ll compete in the Big 12.

Texas Tech is set to start the longest roadtrip of the season, starting with these four games, then a game at Globe Life Park against UT-Arlington and then the Red Raiders are in Waco to open the Big 12 season. The sample size is small thus far, but from my end of thins, I think that Texas Tech has a good pitching staff, it’s deep and has a decent bullpen, but there is no ace. Last year, this team could depend on Corey Taylor and Dominic Moreno or Cameron Smith for a good win and I don’t know that this team has that sort of pitcher. It should also be noted that Ty Damron and Ryan Moseley have already been pulled as starters and head coach Tim Tadlock is going to four true freshmen, Davis Martin, who had previously just pitched in relief, Steven Gingery, another true freshman who had a terrific outling last time out, Erikson Lanning, from Georgia, and Ty Harpenau, a true freshman from Arkansas.

The lineup probably won’t change all that much, but this is a signifiant change for the pitchers.

Stats

TEXAS TECH
CALIFORNIA
.296 Avg .290
.391 OBP .374
.431 SLG% .425
3.51 ERA 2.37
.246 OAvg .244
7.85 SO/9 8.32
3.66 BB/9 3.19
.968 FLD% .981

Probable Starters:

Game 1: Friday, March 11th @ 9:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Erikson Lanning (1-1, 4.50)
California Starting Pitcher: RHP Daulton Jeffries (3-0, 0.95)
Final Score & Box Score:


Game 2: Saturday, March 12th @ 4:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Davis Martin (1-0, 3.38)
California Starting Pitcher: RHP Ryan Mason (2-0, 1.80)
Final Score & Box Score:


Game 3: Saturday, March 12th @ 8:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Steven Gingery (1-1, 6.75)
California Starting Pitcher: RHP Jeff Bain (1-1, 1.54)
Final Score & Box Score:


Game 4: Sunday, March 13th @ 3:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Ty Harpenau (0-0, 3.29)
California Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Ladrech (1-0, 4.97)
Final Score & Box Score:

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