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Preview & Series Thread: Houston Baptist & Northern Colorado vs. Texas Tech

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Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Houston Baptist Huskies (0-0, 0-0) & Northern Colorado Bears (0-0, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, February 14th – Sunday, February 16th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

I have revised the series format. The last year’s format had multiple places with multiple references to each game and that was a recipe for me to miss spots where I needed to change things from week to week. I’m hoping this simplifies things. I’ll also do the table with the comparison stats, like team average, ERA, etc, but since it is the first series, there’s no stats for me to put out there, so I’ll do that next week.

News, News, News, News

Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – Opening Day surprise?: Beeter tabbed Day 1 starter after strong recovery, offseason:

The redshirt sophomore, who’s listed at 6-foot-2, 220-pound and underwent Tommy John Surgery in high school, is scheduled to take the mound when the No. 3 Red Raiders take on Houston Baptist in a 1 p.m. Friday contest at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

“Had a year, last year, where we really were very conservative with trying to get his body and his arm in this position,” Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said of Beeter. “And with that kind of stuff, and makeup, composure and all that — there’s no reason not to run him out there as a starter at this point.”

Texas Tech is slated to compete in a Saturday doubleheader against Houston Baptist (noon) and Northern Colorado (4 p.m.). The Red Raiders will close out their four-game home set with a 4 p.m. Sunday contest against Northern Colorado.

“Both teams, obviously opening weekend, everybody is gonna try to come in and play at the highest level they can,” Tadlock said of Houston Baptist and Northern Colorado. “I think the challenge for our guys, again, is understanding the respect for the game part and then understanding that we’re talking about trying to play the game at the highest level we can.”

Projected Starters

This is from the official site preview linked above. I don’t recall them doing that previously.

Game 1 | Friday, February 14th

First Pitch: 1:00 p.m.
Television: FSSW
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Clayton Beeter (0-3, 3.48)
Houston Baptist Probable Starter: RHP Kyle Gruller (3-3, 2.18)
Final Score: Texas Tech 5, Houston Baptist 1
Winning Pitcher: Clayton Beeter (1-0); S Micah Dallas (1)
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Gruller (0-1)
Key Hitters: Brian Klien 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; Jace Jung 2-3, 1 RBI;
Links: Recap | Box Score


The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team used a five-run fifth while sophomores Clayton Beeter and Micah Dallas put the clamps on Houston Baptist to earn a 5-1 victory on a brisk Opening Day at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (1-0) improved to 7-2 on Opening Days under head coach Tim Tadlock behind the arms of Beeter and Dallas, who limited HBU (0-1) to just two hits and combined for 11 strikeouts in the contest.

Senior Brian Klein led the charge offensively by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, while freshman Jace Jung added a multi-hit performance and an RBI as well.

Jung was one of four freshmen who earned a spot in the opening day lineup along with redshirt freshman Cal Conley at shortstop, Nate Rombach as the designated hitter and Dillon Carter in left field.

Game 2 | Saturday, February 15th

First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Television: TexasTech.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Austin Becker (0-0, 6.75)
Houston Baptist Probable Starter: LHP Solomon Kilmeck (0-0, 0.00)
Final Score: Texas Tech 24, Houston Baptist 3
Winning Pitcher: Austin Becker (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Solomon Klimeck (0-1)
Key Hitters: C/1B Nate Rombach 3-4, 4 R, 7 RBI, 3 HR; 3B Jace Jung 2-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR; SS Cal Conley 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR; SS Parker Kelly 2-2, 2 R, 1 HR; Cody Maters 1-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR
Links: Recap | Box Score

Game 3 | Saturday, February 15th

First Pitch: 4:00 p.m.
Television: TexasTech.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Bryce Bonnin (7-1, 4.08)
Northern Colorado Probable Starter: N/A
Final Score: Texas Tech 22, Northern Colorado 4
Winning Pitcher: Bryce Bonnin (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Same Colehower (0-1)
Key Hitters: SS Cal Conley 5-6, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR; 1B T.J. Rumfield 4-6, 3 R; CF/2B Dylan Neuse 5-5, 4 R, 4 RBI; 3B Jace Jung 2-5, 3 R, 4 RBI, HR; DH Nate Rombach 2-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR;
Links: Recap | Box Score

Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park couldn’t contain the explosive Red Raider attack on Saturday as No. 3 Texas Tech went yard 11 times in a doubleheader sweep, taking a 24-3 win in seven innings over Houston Baptist before striking down Northern Colorado, 22-4, in front of 4,299 fans.

The Red Raiders (3-0) finished with 46 runs on 45 hits for the day and scored a run in every frame until the bottom of the eighth UNC (1-1).

Freshmen Nate Rombach, Jace Jung and Cal Conley stole the show against HBU (0-3) with Rombach connecting on three home runs between the third and sixth innings and seven RBI. He added another dinger and four more RBI against UNC to finish the day with four home runs and 11 RBI. Jung went deep in both games as well, compiling nine RBI, while Conley went yard against HBU and then legged out an inside-the-park home run against UNC on his way to a multi-home run day.

Game 4 | Sunday, February 16th

First Pitch: 3:00 p.m.
Television: TexasTech.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (3-1, 5.14)
Northern Colorado Probable Starter: N/A
Final Score: Texas Tech 14, Northern Colorado 3
Winning Pitcher: Mason Montgomery (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Sam Wyatt (0-1)
Key Hitters: 3B Jace Jung 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; C Nate Rombach 2-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR; LF/CF Dillon Carter 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
Links: Recap | Box Score


The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team put together another strong performance in a 14-3 run-rule victory over Northern Colorado on Sunday to wrap up an Opening Weekend that saw the Red Raiders outscore their opponents 65-11 in four games.

The 65 runs in a four-game weekend were the most from Tech since 1999, when Tech compiled 81 runs against Howard from Feb. 5-7.

Freshman Jace Jung gave Tech an early 3-0 lead with a bases-clearing double in the first, and Tech (4-0) never looked back, scoring two runs in the third, five in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

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