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Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Florida Atlantic & Florida State

The Owls and Seminoles!

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Florida Atlantic Owls (7-0, 0-0) and Florida State Seminoles (6-1, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, February 28th – Sunday, March 1st
Where to Watch: Dick Howser Stadium | Tallahassee, Florida
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats | FSU StatBroadcast
Weather: Tallahassee, Florida

Florida Atlantic is 7-0 on this early year, going 3-0 against Delaware, a mid-week win against Florida Gulf Coast, and then two wins against Binghamton. So maybe not the best competition, but they are 7-0. Florida State lost their first game against Niagara, then won the next two. A mid-week win against South Florida, and then 3 wins against Cincinnati last weekend.

A couple of notes regarding your ability to view or follow this weekend’s action. I don’t know that Texas Tech will have live stats, so I’m including the FSU StatBroadcast. I also understand that today’s game is not on television, but Saturday and Sunday’s games are on the ACC Network or basically WatchESPN. I’ve provided the link that was provided by Texas Tech.

News, News, News, News

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams – Let’s play three: Florida trip next up for Red Raiders:

Some opponent — Tech coach Tim Tadlock says he can’t remember whom — backed out of a 2020 series with the Red Raiders. That’s why they’re in Tallahassee, Florida, this weekend for a game against unbeaten Florida Atlantic and two against No. 12 Florida State.

“We called in the summer after Omaha (site of the CWS),” Tadlock said, “and said, ’Hey, we’re kind of in a bind. We need (games) this weekend. He had Florida Atlantic coming and allowed us to come down and play three.”

No. 3 Tech (8-1) takes on Florida Atlantic (7-0) at 1 p.m. Friday at Dick Howser Stadium, then plays Florida State (6-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Florida Atlantic Florida State
Avg 0.351 0.311 0.270
SLG% 0.598 0.516 0.425
OB% 0.474 0.463 0.453
ERA 3.04 3.97 2.14
WHIP 1.03 1.40 1.07
Opp/Avg 0.194 0.266 0.183
SO/9 12.50 7.47 12.14
BB/9 3.15 3.20 3.42
FLD% 0.987 0.979 0.935

Projected Starters

Game 1 | Friday, February 28th

First Pitch: 1:00 p.m.
Television: N/A
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Clayton Beeter (1-1, 4.50)
Florida Atlantic Probable Starter: RHP Corey Ireson (1-0, 2.08)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, Florida Atlantic 1
Winning Pitcher: Jakob Brustoski (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Reese (2-1)
Key Hitters: DH Cody Masters 1-1, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR; RF Dru Baker 2-5, 1 RBI; 3B Parker Kelly 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; LF Dillon Carter, 1 R, 2 BB
Key Pitchers: Clayton Beeter 5.0 IP, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 SO; Jakob Brustoski 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO; John McMillon 1.0 IP 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO; Andrew Devine 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Sophomore Clayton Beeter carried a perfect game into the fifth and No. 2 Texas Tech baseball pulled away with a three-run eighth to open its stay in Florida with a 7-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.

Beeter put up seven strikeouts and retired the first 13 batters he faced as FAU wasn’t able to put a man on base until there was one out in the fifth, finally doing so and scoring its only run of the day after three-straight Red Raider errors.

Junior Jakob Brustoski (1-0), senior John McMillon and freshman Andrew Devine shutout the Owls (7-1) over the next four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. Brustoski tossed 2.0 frames of hitless ball to earn his first career win as a Red Raider.

The Red Raiders (9-1) were able to get to FAU starter Corey Ireson in the fifth as freshman Dillon Carter led off with a single and junior Brian Klein banged a double off the wall in right to bring him around. Carter reached base all four trip to the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks.

Game 2 | Saturday, February 29th

First Pitch: 5:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN | ACCN Extra
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Bryce Bonnin (2-0, 3.00)
Florida State Probable Starter: LHP Shane Drohan (0-0, 3.52)
Final Score: Texas Tech 6, Florida State 5
Winning Pitcher: John McMillon (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: P Messick (1-1)
Key Hitters: 1B Cole Stillwell 2-6, 4 RBI; RF Dru Baker 2-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR; CF/3B Dylan Neuse 2-4, 2 R, 2 BB; 2B Brian Kelin 2-4, 1 R, 2 BB
Key Pitchers: Bryce Bonnin 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO; Micah Dallas 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO; John McMillon 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Clutch hitting from sophomores Cole Stilwell and Dru Baker helped No. 2 Texas Tech baseball erase a pair of deficits and go on to capture the road win at No. 9 Florida State, 6-5 in 11 innings, on Saturday in front of over 5,400 fans at Dick Howser Stadium

The Seminoles (8-2) scored three runs in the fourth to carry a 4-1 lead into the fifth, when Stilwell provided an answer with a three-run double down the right field line to tie it at 4-4. FSU regained the advantage with a run in the sixth and maintained a 5-4 edge going to the ninth. With one away in the frame, Baker launched a 1-2 pitch over the monster in right field to send it to extras.

The lead swung in Tech’s favor in the top of the 11th. Freshman Dillon Carter drew a leadoff walk, and came around to score all the way from first on a one-out infield single from junior Dylan Neuse and throwing error by the third baseman as he attempted to get the speedy Neuse out at first. The ball went wide of the first baseman and into foul ground in right, allowing Carter to blaze all the way around.

Game 3 | Sunday, March 1st

First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN | ACCN Extra
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Austin Becker (1-0, 3.38)
Florida State Probable Starter: RHP Conor Grady (2-0, 0.90)
Final Score: Texas Tech 4, Florida State 3
Winning Pitcher: Ryan Sublette (1-0); Andrew Devine (S, 1)
Losing Pitcher: D. Hare (0-1)
Key Hitters: DH Cody Masters 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; 1B Cole Stilwell 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR; SS Cal Conley 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR
Key Pitchers: Austin Becker 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO; Jakob Brustoski 1.2 IP; 1 BB, 1 SO; Ryan Sublette 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO; Andrew Devine 1.0 IP, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

For the second day in a row, the No. 2 Texas Tech baseball team fought its way back from a late deficit and secured a 4-3 victory at No. 9 Florida State on Sunday that capped a perfect 3-0 stay in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Red Raiders (11-1), who topped Florida Atlantic 7-1 on Friday and rallied for a 6-5 victory over Florida State in 11 innings on Saturday, controlled the lead until the fifth when FSU (8-3) got its only two hits on the day and gained a 3-2 advantage. A Cal Conley home run in the seventh tied it and a sac fly from Cody Masters put Tech back in front in the eighth on its way to a seventh-straight win.

The pitching staff was sensational once again on Sunday. Despite allowing seven free passes, sophomore starter Austin Becker had a no-hitter going into the fifth when a single, walk and home run suddenly gave FSU a 3-2 lead.

The bullpen was lights out from there with Jakob Brustoski, Ryan Sublette (1-0) and Andrew Devine combining for 4.2 shutout innings. The trio did not allow a hit and walked two while striking out six.

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