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Preview & Series Thread: Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

The Cowboys come to town.

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (26-13, 8-7)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys (25-13, 10-5)
When to Watch: Friday, April 26th – Sunday, April 28th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: 4/26: TexasTech.TV; 4/27: ESPNU; 4/28: FSSW+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather:

A little surprised at the starters, making some moves last weekend, but now head coach Tim Tadlock has really shook some things up, this weekend as Micah Dallas is to get the start on Friday night, then Caleb Kilian on Saturday night, and the Sunday afternoon starter is Bryce Bonnin, who has normally been a mid-week starter. Tadlock said that he’ll throw Mason Montgomery and Erikson Lanning in the mid-week games against UTRGV. Lanning struggled against Baylor, unable to make it out of the 3rd inning while giving up 6 runs, hitting 2 batters, walking 1, and only striking out 1 batter.

Oklahoma State comes in as the best team in the Big 12, sitting at 10-5 on the year in the conference and Texas Tech is sitting at 8-7. There’s ground to be made up this weekend. For comparison purposes, the Red Raiders are 2nd in batting average, .303, with Oklahoma State 4th, .278. Texas Tech is 1st in on-base percentage, .410, with Oklahoma State 4th, .389, and Oklahoma State is 2nd in slugging percentage, .476, with Texas Tech 3rd, .469. The Cowboys have the 4th best ERA, 3.95, with Texas Tech at 7th, 4.34, and Texas Tech is 4th in strikeouts per 9 innings, 8.76, to Oklahoma State’s 6th spot at 8.67.

Oh, and it is interesting listening to Tadlock, there’s a great discussion he’s having about bat-flips with the media. Pretty fun to listen to for me at least.

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Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Oklahoma State Cowboys
avg .303 .278
slg% .469 .476
ob% .410 .389
ERA 4.34 3.95
Oavg .257 .248
SO/9 8.76 8.68
BB/9 4.08 4.54
fld% .978 .969

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .317 .528 .447 .971
OF/INF Gabe Holt .306 .394 .398 .937
1B Cameron Warren .317 .599 .410 .997
INF Brian Klein .366 .460 .470 .986
DH Cole Stilwell .326 .461 .444 1.000
OF Dylan Neuse .331 .603 .474 .986
Key Oklahoma State Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Carson McCuster .345 .618 .430 .944
C Bryce Carter .319 .415 .448 1.000
INF Alix Garcia .305 .561 .412 .983
OF Trevor Boone .284 .657 .364 .977
INF Andrew Navigato .283 .538 .369 .945
INF Hueston Morrill .283 .399 .386 .951

Probable Starters and Game Recaps

Game 1 – Friday, April 26th @ 6:30 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Micah Dallas (3-0, 3.32) vs. Oklahoma State’s RHP Jensen Elliot (5-2, 3.79)
Final Score: Texas Tech 12, Oklahoma State 4
Winning Pitcher: Micah Dallas (4-0)
Losing Pitcher: Jensen Elliot (5-3)
Key Hitters: Gabe Holt 2-5, 2 R; Dylan Neuse 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI; Josh Jung 2-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Braxton Fulford 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; Cole Stilwell 1-4, 3 RBI
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 15 Texas Tech baseball erupted for six runs in the third and stymied the Cowboys with a season-high 17 strikeouts to take a 12-4 victory over No. 16 Oklahoma State in the series opener between the two teams Friday night in front of a sold out Rip Griffin Park

The Red Raiders (27-13, 9-7) chased OSU starter Elliott Jensen (3-3) in the third, hammering him for a season-high seven runs. Meanwhile, a trio of Red Raider pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts with Tech starter Micah Dallas (4-0) and reliever Dane Haveman recording career highs.

Tech’s 17 strikeouts were the most in a Big 12 Conference game this season, the most by Tech in a Big 12 game since May 1, 2010 against Missouri, and marked a season-high for the Cowboys (25-14, 10-6).

Game 2 – Saturday, April 27th @ 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Caleb Kilian (6-2, 4.36) vs. Oklahoma State’s LHP Parker Scott (2-0, 0.89)
Final Score: Texas Tech 10, Oklahoma State 2
Winning Pitcher: Caleb Kilian (7-2)
Losing Pitcher: Parker Scott (2-1)
Key Hitters: Josh Jung 3-3, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI; Cameron Warren 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; Gabe Holt 2-5, 1 R
Links: Recap | Box Score

Junior right-hander Caleb Kilian led another strong effort on the mound and junior Josh Jung finished a triple short of the cycle as No. 15 Texas Tech baseball pulled away for a 10-2 win over No. 16 Oklahoma State to clinch the series victory Saturday night in front of a sold out Rip Griffin Park

The Red Raiders (28-13, 10-7) received six strong innings and eight strikeouts from Kilian (6-0), who earned his sixth Big 12 win in as many starts. Tech scored six runs over the seventh and eighth to extend a 4-2 lead into a commanding 10-2 advantage.

With its sixth straight victory over the Cowboys (25-15, 10-7), the Red Raiders have posted back-to-back series wins over ranked Big 12 foes and now sit in a three-way tie for second in the league standings.

Game 3 – Sunday, April 28th @ 2:00 p.m. (FSSW+)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Bryce Bonnin (3-1, 6.67) vs. Oklahoma State’s RHP Brett Standlee (2-0, 4.41)
Final Score: Texas Tech 5, Oklahoma State 2
Winning Pitcher: John McMillon (1-2), S Clayton Beeter (7)
Losing Pitcher: Brett Standlee (2-1)
Key Hitters: Gabe Holt 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB; Dylan Neuse 2-5, 3 RBI, 1 HR; Brian Klein 2-5; Braxton Fulford 2-3, 1 R
Links: Recap | Box Score


No. 15 Texas Tech baseball plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 5-2 win and series sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma State on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.

Sophomore Dylan Neuse launched a three-run home run in the seventh to put Tech ahead 4-2, and the Red Raiders (29-13, 11-7) earned their sixth straight win behind a pitching staff that posted 46 strikeouts of one of the hottest lineups in the country.

The series sweep of the Cowboys (25-16, 10-8) is Tech’s third in the last four years and the first time to do so at home. It’s also Tech’s second-straight series win over a ranked Big 12 team after taking two from No. 18 Baylor last weekend. The Red Raiders have now swept two Top 25 teams this year with No. 22 Michigan the other back in March.

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