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Preview and Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Kansas

The Red Raiders are in Lawrence.

Series Details

Dates: Friday, April 6th – Sunday, April 8th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-6, 3-3)
Bad Guys: Kansas Jayhawks (17-11, 2-4)
Location: Hoglund Ballpark | Lawrence, Kansas
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: ESPN3
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Texas Tech needs to feast for this weekend and next weekend. On the schedule is Kansas, but also on the schedule is Kansas State, at home (same weekend of the Lubbock spring game). As noted above, Kansas is only 2-4 in the conference and only 6 games above .500, while Kansas State is only 2-4 in the conference and only 3 games above .500. The reason why the Red Raiders need to feast is because after that is the conference-leading Oklahoma Sooners who are sitting at a perfect 6-0 on the year, but will be playing in Lubbock. This is the easy part of the schedule and it would have been real cool had Texas Tech swept West Virginia, but we can’t play in those what-if sort of games. After the Sooners, Texas Tech will play in Ft. Worth against TCU, then hosting Texas, and will end Big 12 play on the road against Oklahoma State.

Maybe not a reasonable expectation, but let’s get some sweeps.

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A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. previews the series:

“When you’re going north, you look at it as early as Sunday or Monday,” he said Wednesday. “And we saw (the forecast), and we’re like, ‘Oh man, here we go.’ But at the same time, if you’ve done anything outside — you’ve played golf when it’s cold, fished, hunted, anything like that — your body has the ability to adapt. You’ve just got to layer and, obviously, take off layers as you get warmer.”

The No. 7 Red Raiders (24-6, 3-3 in the Big 12) are hoping to improve on a three-game winning streak when they face off against the Jayhawks (17-11, 2-4) at 1 p.m. Friday at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan. Game time was moved up due to cold weather, including snow, in the forecast. The remaining games are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Kansas Jayhawks
avg .305 .286
slg% .500 .436
ob% .433 .385
ERA 3.30 4.93
Oavg .198 .253
SO/9 9.39 8.86
BB/9 4.87 4.54
fld% .978 .959

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Grant Little .396 .689 .492 1.000
INF Cameron Warren .341 .538 .466 .992
INF Gabe Holt .398 .566 .514 .960
INF Josh Jung .377 .623 .478 .948
OF Cody Farhat .286 .440 .440 .977
INF Michael Davis .313 .596 .408 .964
Key Kansas Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Brett Vosik .378 .476 .440 .800
C Jaxx Groshans .376 .569 .397 .988
OF Devin Foyle .333 .576 .422 1.000
1B Owen Taylor .325 .571 .435 .995
OF/C Brendt Citta .306 .450 .384 .983
INF Benjain Sems .266 .372 .311 .927

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers Kansas Starting Pitchers
Friday, April 6th, @ 1:00 pm (ESPN3) RHP Davis Martin (4-2, 2.50)  RHP Tyler Davis (0-1, 4.98)
Saturday, April 7th, @ 2:00 pm (ESPN3) RHP Caleb Kilian (3-1, 1.07)  LHP Taylor Turski (1-4, 5.82)
Sunday, April 8th, @ 1:00 pm (ESPN3) RHP John McMillon (4-0, 2.95)  RHP Ryan Zeferjahn (5-1, 2.59)

Game Recaps:

Game 1 – Friday, April 6th @ 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score: Texas Tech 15 (25-6, 4-3), Kansas 6 (17-12, 2-5)
Box Score: Recap | Box Score

The bats came alive in a big way, particularly Gabe Holt, who went 3-5 with 6 RBI and that includes a grand slam. Zach Rheams also homered and went 3-5 with 2 RBI and Josh Jung went 2-3 with 3 RBI. Overall, the offense had 15 hits and 8 walks and that’s the offense that I know and love, but it’s just been so inconsistent. Davis Martin (W, 5-2) went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs, walking 3 and striking out 5 on just 76 pitches (someone is keeping that pitch count pretty low and I appreciate that). Connor Queen went 3.2 innings and struggled a bit, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out none. Connor Queen made the 9th inning a bit interesting and Andrew Davis came in and pitched the final out of the 9th inning.

Game 2 – Saturday, April 7th @ 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score: Texas Tech 10 (26-6, 5-3), Kansas 0 (17-13, 2-6)
Box Score: Recap | Box Score

The Texas Tech pitching staff and defense has really stymied what was a very good hitting Kansas team. Caleb Kilian (W, 4-1) gets the win and goes 5 innings, only 87 pitches, walking 1 and striking out 8. Again, Kilian probably could have gone longer, but I think Tadlock has long-term plans that he’s looking at. Ryan Shetter pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing jusst 2 hits and striking out 5 himself and Jose Quezada pitched the 9th without incident and striking out 1. Cam Warren hit his 5 home run of the year and went 2-4 with 3 RBI, and the offense belted out 14 hits. Cody Masters went 4-5 with 3 RBI on the day. Grant Little went 3-4 and Josh Jung went 1-5 with 2 RBI.

Game 3 – Sunday, April 8th @ 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score:
Box Score:

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