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Preview and Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Baylor

The Red Raiders stay on the road as they open Big 12 play against Baylor.

Series Details

Dates: Friday, March 16th – Sunday, March 18th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-3, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Baylor Bears (8-6, 0-0)
Location: Baylor Ballpark | Waco, Texas
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: FCS (Friday); FSSW (Saturday); FSSW+ (Sunday)
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Since last Friday, March 9th, Texas Tech baseball has been on the road. This is how they’ve spent their spring break, essentially traveling to the go-to destinations of Lexington, Kentucky, probably a short bus ride to Louisville, Kentucky, and then a plane ride to Waco, Texas to start Big 12 play.  By the end of this series, Texas Tech will have spent 10 days on the road (I’m sure they traveled perhaps a day early to Lexington) and will have played 8 games. That’s major league stuff there and although I’m sure other teams are spending their spring breaks playing games, I’m guessing that a lot of these teams maybe mixed in a home series along the way. But that’s not how Tim Tadlock operates. I’m guessing that Tadlock probably had a pretty good handle of who his guys were, but it usually takes a bit of adversity in order to really figure out what you have and Tadlock probably has a much better idea now than he did on March 9th.

And it wouldn’t be proper to tip our hats to Auggie Garrido, one of the best who ever coached college baseball.

News, News, News, News

No preview from the A-J, and not really a preview from the Waco folks either. There is an article from WacoTrib’s Brice Cherry about Baylor’s pitching facility which is supposed to be the first of it’s kind.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Baylor Bears
avg .313 .251
slg% .497 .373
ob% .442 .349
ERA 3.04 2.78
Oavg .181 .222
SO/9 9.78 7.61
BB/9 5.19 4.60
fld% .981 .968

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Grant Little .420 .725 .506 1.000
INF Cameron Warren .415 .725 .506 1.000
INF Gabe Holt .408 .606 .523 .985
INF Josh Jung .384 .658 .477 .929
OF Cody Farhat .306 .449 .493 1.000
INF Michael Davis .304 .554 .437 .974
Key Baylor Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
C/1B Andy Thomas .375 .479 .500 1.000
OF Richard Cunningham .333 .444 .385 .833
INF Davis Wendzel .286 .510 .410 1.000
C/1B Shea Langeliers .246 .421 .328 .992
INF Josh Bissonette .234 .362 .309 1.000
OF Cole Haring .232 .411 .295 .955

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers Baylor Starting Pitchers
Friday, March 16, @ 6:30 pm (FCS) RHP Davis Martin (3-0, 2.00) LHP Cody Bradford (2-1, 2.55)
Friday, March 17 @ 2:00 pm (FSSW) RHP John McMillon (3-0, 3.43) RHP Hayden Kettler (2-2, 2.13)
Sunday, March 18, @ 1:00 pm (FSSW+) The Man Has No Name Tyler Thomas (L) 0-0 0.68

Game Recaps:

Game 1 – Friday, March 16th @ 6:30 p.m. (FCS)
Final Score: Baylor 2 (9-6, 1-0), Texas Tech 0 (16-4, 0-1)
Box Score: Recap | Box Score

The offense was completely shut down by Baylor’s starter, Bradford, where he only allowed 6 hits and 2 walks in over 8 innings while striking out 7, and Davis Martin was pretty good too, but he allowed 2 runs, 1 in the 1st and 1 in the 7th, striking out 10 and allowing 4 hits and no walks in 7 innings of work. Josh Jung was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-4. I don’t know that there’s a lot to write about here with this game because the offense couldn’t get going, but it was nice to see Martin throw 7 frames without a walk. That’s encouraging.

Game 2 – Saturday, March 17th @ 2:00 p.m. (FSSW)
Final Score: Baylor 12 (10-6, 2-0), Texas Tech (16-5, 0-2)
Box Score: Recap | Box Score

This was not a fun game. John McMillon got the start, but he only went. 4.2 innings and was good, he just threw a ton of pitches, 85 to be total, Dylan Duske got him out of th 5th inning and then the wheels came off. Caleb Kilian gave up 4 runs in just 0.2 innings, then Dane Haveman gave up the exact same line except his was earned. To top it off, freshman Nick Candelari gave up 3 runs in the final 1.2 frames. The offense was stymied again, mustering only 6 hits (they did walk 7 times). Zach Rheams had the only multi-hit day.

Game 3 – Saturday, March 18th @ 1:00 p.m. (FSSW+)
Final Score: Texas Tech 11 (16-5, 1-2), Baylor (10-7, 2-1)
Box Score: Recap | Box Score

The mystery starter was Ryan Shetter, but he only went 2 innings and gave up 3 runs and I think that Tim Tadlock had probably had enough and he though he couldn’t allow this game to get out of hand. Ty Harpenau was terrific cleaning up the mess, going 4 innings, giving up 5 hits and a run, while Caleb Freeman pitched the 7th and 8th only allowing 2 hits and Kurt Wilson pitched a clean 9th. The offense finally came alive, belting out 13 hits. Josh Jung went 3-5 with 2 RBI, Grant Little went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Cody Masters went 2-5 and scored 2 runs. Michael Davis went 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2 walks.

No mid-week games and no conference games this weekend, just a 4 game series with Northeastern University who is 9-5 on the year and just went 1-2 at Auburn last weekend (they had two games against Holy Cross that was canceled and play Hartford on Monday, Boston College on Tuesday.

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