Dates: Friday, March 3rd – Sunday, March 5th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Texas A&M Aggies (8-1, 0-0); Ole Miss Rebels (7-1, 0-0); LSU Tigers (8-1, 0-0)
Location: Minute Maid Park | Houston, Texas
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Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill previews the series and this is essentially a Big 12 vs. SEC classic, where TCU and Baylor are also playing the other three SEC teams.
With elite teams come elite players. Four Preseason All-Americans will appear in the tournament—TCU first baseman Luken Baker, LSU righthander Alex Lange, Texas A&M righthander Corbin Martin and TCU catcher Evan Skoug.
The field also includes Texas A&M righthander Brigham Hill, who earned All-America honors last season, TCU freshman lefthander Nick Lodolo, the highest-drafted player not to sign last year, Texas Tech righthander Davis Martin, a Freshman All-American last season, Baylor closer Troy Montemayor, who ranks seventh in program history in saves, LSU lefthander Jared Poche’, who opened the season with 15 hitless innings, and Ole Miss’ exciting newcomers, who made up the top-ranked recruiting class this fall.
Game 1: Friday, March 3rd @ 3:35 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Davis Martin (1-0, 1.38)
Texas A&M Starting Pitcher: RHP Brigham Hill (2-0, 0.00)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas A&M 9, Texas Tech 0 (Recap | Box Score)
Davis Martin went 3.1 innings allowing 8 hits, 5 runs, walking nine and striking out 3. It was Martin’s first loss of the year. The bullpen struggled as well, Dylan Dusek finished the 4th inning, but he allowed 2 additional runs while Jake McDonald allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Caleb Killian gave Texas Tech the final 2 clean innings. The offense struggled to do much of anything, getting only 3 hits, only 1 for extra bases, a Ryan Long double.
Game 2: Saturday, March 4th @ 12:05 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Steven Gingery (2-0, 1.29)
Ole Miss Starting Pitcher: RHP James McArthur (0-0, 2.61)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 5, Ole Miss 1 (Recap | Box Score)
Steven Gingery pitched a gem of a game, going 8 innings and allowing just 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and striking out 8.Jose Quezada pitched the final frame (was a non-save situation) and allowed 2 hits while recording the final 3 outs. Tanner Gardner was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Josh Jung went 2 for 3 to help set the table for Gardner and Hunter Hargrove also went 1 for 4, scoring 2 runs.
Game 3: Saturday, March 5th @ 10:05 am
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Ryan Shetter (1-0, 2.13)
LSU Starting Pitcher: RHP Eric Walker (1-0, 4.00)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 5, LSU 4 (Recap | Box Score)
Ryan Shetter had a quality start, going 5 innings and allowing just 3 hits, 1 run, walking 1 and striking out 3. Jacob Patterson came in relief and went 1.2 innings, allowing 3 hits, and 2 runs, while Parker Mushinski went 2 inning, allowing 2 hits, 4 walks, 2 hits, striking out 1 and a run, that run allowed LSU to tie it up in the 9th inning. John McMillon got the final out to the game allowing that Texas Tech comeback. Connor Beck broke out in a good way, going 3 for 4. Tanner Gardner had the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th, a single off the pitcher’s foot, and went 2 for 5 on the day. Josh Jung, Huter Hargrove, Orlando Garcia, Ryan Long, Clay Koelzer and Brian Klein all had hits