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.
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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.
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||Baylor Bears|
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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.