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Preview & Series Thread: South Florida vs. Texas Tech

Series Details

Good Guys: #6 Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-4, 2-1)
Bad Guys: South Florida Bulls (9-9, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, March 26th – Sunday, March 28th
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

With this being the only game in town, I’ll definitely be around to post updates. I did update everything last week, it just took a little longer than normal with a basketball game happening.

Without a ton of mid-week games, this South Florida series seems a bit weird after starting confernce play last weekend.

News, News, News, News

Official site preview:

No. 6 Texas Tech baseball closes its 12-game home stand with a three-game set against South Florida this weekend at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (16-4 Overall, 2-1 Big 12) and Bulls (9-9 Overall, 0-0 American) will meet for the first time in the history of the two programs on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The series continues at 2 p.m., Saturday and concludes with a 1 p.m., finale on Sunday.

The entire series can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Geoff Haxton and Mike Gustafson on the call. Fans can also tune in to the radio call on the Texas Tech Sports Network from Jamie Lent and former Red Raider All-American Cameron Warren.

South Florida Preview:

Jasiak (2-2, 1.64) is coming off a tough-luck loss to FAU last Friday where he was charged with four unearned runs. Despite the loss, the right-hander tallied his fourth quality start of the season, striking out seven over 7.0 IP. Jasiak has turned in quality starts in seven of his nine career outings. Additionally, he has issued two or fewer walks in eight of his nine career starts. Jasiak struck out a season-best 10 batters vs. Stetson (3/5), just one shy of his career high of 11 in 2020. He ranks 44th in the country in total strikeouts this year (37) and his strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.4) ranks 53rd nationally.

Burns (1-2, 3.38) will make his second consecutive Saturday start. Last time out against FAU, Burns logged a career-high 7.0 IP and struck out six, while limiting the Owls to just two hits and zero runs. The right-handed redshirt senior has struck out six or more batters in four of his last five appearances. Saturday’s shutout of FAU was USF’s second of the season.

Sullivan (0-0, 6.30) struck out a season-high 10 batters in his no decision against FAU last Sunday without issuing a walk. In fact, Sullivan has yet to issue a free pass this season and leads the NCAA in walks allowed/9-innings. Sullivan allowed just two runs on five hits over 6.0 IP against FAU on 3/21 logging his first quality start of the year.

Reigning AAC Player of the Week Carmine Lane (Lake Placid) leads the Bulls in batting average (.400) and hits (26), while ranking second on the team in OBP (.453) and runs (17). He is tied with Matt Ruiz (Hialeah) for the team lead in multi-hit games (9).

Drew Brutcher (Lakeland) enters the weekend with an 18-game streak of reaching base safely to begin his rookie campaign. Brutcher leads the teams in OBP (.483), walks (16), homers (7), slugging (.718) and runs scored (19). He ranks 29th nationally in total bases (51).

Team Stats

Texas Tech South Florida
Avg 0.285 0.290
SLG% 0.490 0.445
OB% 0.417 0.376
ERA 3.68 4.42
WHIP 1.30 1.38
SO/9 9.36 10.71
BB/9 4.23 3.20
FLD% 0.970 0.965

Game 1 | Friday, March 26th

First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Brandon Birdsell (2-1, 3.57 ERA)
South Florida Probable Starter: RH Jack Jasiak (2-2, 1.64)
Final Score: Texas Tech 16, South Florida 6
Winning Pitcher: Brandon Birdsell (W, 3-1)
Losing Pitcher: Jasiak (L, 2-3)
Key Hitters: Dru Baker 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI; Dillon Carter 1-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Drew Woodcox 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Kurt Wilson 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Brandon Birdsell 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 SO; Chase Hampton 1.0 IP; Tyler Hamilton 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team scored nine runs in the fifth to run away with a 16-6 victory against South Florida on Friday night in the series opener of a three-game set at Rip Griffin Park.

The win was No. 318 for Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock, moving him past the late Kal Segrist into second place on the school’s all-time wins list behind Larry Hays, who finished his storied career with 813 career wins in the scarlet and black.

The Red Raiders (17-4, 2-1) blasted four home runs and tallied 14 hits in the contest by nine different Red Raiders. Dru Baker and Drew Woodcox led five Red Raiders with multi-RBI efforts as both finished with a career-high four in the category.

Game 2 | Saturday, March 27th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Patrick Monteverde (4-0, 0.93 ERA)
South Florida Probable Starter: RHP Dylan Burns (1-2, 3.38)
Final Score: Texas Tech 8, South Florida 0
Winning Pitcher: Patrick Monteverde (W, 5-0)
Losing Pitcher: Burns (L, 1-3)
Key Hitters: Dylan Neuse 3-4, 2 R; Dru Baker 4-5, 1 R, 1 RBI; Braxton Fulford 1-4, HR, 2 RBI; Dillon Carter 2-4, 1 R
Key Pitchers: Patrick Monteverde 7.0 IP, 5 H, 9 SO; Micah Dallas 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 6 Texas Tech baseball received seven shutout innings from Patrick Monteverde and two more from Micah Dallas to tally an 8-0 victory over South Florida on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (18-4) clinch the series win and continue their impressive clip in the month of March as they roll into their final contest of the month with a 15-1 mark since the last flip of the calendar.

Monteverde (5-0) and Dallas combined for 12 strikeouts and allowed just one Bull to reach third base as they scattered seven hits and received strong play behind the plate from Braxton Fulford to help eliminate multiple base runners.

Game 3 | Sunday, March 28th

First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (1-0, 3.18 ERA)
South Florida Probable Starter: RHP Collin Sullivan (0-0, 6.30)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, South Florida 4
Winning Pitcher: Andrew Devine (W, 1-1) chase Hampton (S, 1)
Losing Pitcher: Kerkering (L, 2-1)
Key Hitters: Dru Baker 3-4, 2 R, Jace Jung 2-5, 1 RBI; Braxton Fulford 2-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Dylan Neuse 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers: Mason Montgomery 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO; Andrew Devine 1.2 IP 1 H, 2 BB, 2 SO; Ryan Sublette 2.0 IP, 3 SO; Chase Hampton 1.0 IP
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 6 Texas Tech baseball scored in each of the first six innings on Sunday to close out the sweep of South Florida with a 7-4 win at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

It’s the third sweep of the season for the Red Raiders (19-4). It also closes out the best month of March for the program under head coach Tim Tadlock, finishing at 16-1. The stretch gives Tech a 19-4 mark that matches the 2017 club for best start under Tadlock through 23 games.

Tech outhit the Bulls, 12-5, for the game as it finished the three-game set with 31 runs on 39 hits. Dru Baker led the Red Raider attack once again with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs scored. Braxton Fulford and Jace Jung added multi-hit games, and five other Red Raiders recorded hits on the day.

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