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Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Kansas State

Series Details

Good Guys: #6 Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-4, 2-1)
Bad Guys: Kansas State Wildcats (13-10, 0-3)
When to Watch: Thursday, April 1st – Saturday, April 3rd
Where to Watch: Tointon Stadium | Manhattan, Kansas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

I was a bit curious about the Kansas State stadium, and Tointon Stadium was renovated and debuted in 2020, but with a short season, we really didn’t get to see it. Certainly a lot more substantial in terms of the façade, the old stadium really sort of looked like a gloried high school stadium (no offense). In addition to the new façade is new turf, which I think is a significant upgrade from the old turf, which maybe looked like the old Veterans Stadium turf (go into the wayback machine as that’s an old sports reference regarding the old turf where the Philadelphia Eagles used to play).

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Official site preview:

No. 4 Texas Tech baseball will look to carry its momentum into April as the Red Raiders open the month with a three-game Big 12 set at Kansas State, starting Thursday at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

Due to the Easter holiday, the series will take place Thursday through Sunday. The Red Raiders (19-4 Overall, 2-1 Big 12) and Wildcats (13-10 Overall, 0-3 Big 12) open things up with 6 p.m., starts on Thursday and Friday before a 4 p.m., first pitch on Saturday for the finale.

The entire series can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. 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.

Kansas State preview:

K-State is primed for its home-opening Big 12 series, as No. 3 Texas Tech visits Tointon Family Stadium for a three-game series starting Thursday at 6 p.m.

The second game of the series is set for Friday at 6 p.m., with the finale slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch Saturday. K-State (13-10, 1-2 Big 12) lost all three games in its first conference series at No. 13 Oklahoma State last weekend.

Texas Tech (19-4, 2-1 Big 12) enters the weekend on a five-game winning streak while having won 19 of its last 20 games overall. The Red Raiders’ Dru Baker and Jace Jung rank second and third, respectively, in the Big 12 in hitting.

The Cats will send ace left-hander Jordan Wicks, who ranks second in the Big 12 with 51 strikeouts, to the mound Thursday night. Carson Seymour takes the hill on Friday while Connor McCullough will get the call Saturday.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Kansas State
Avg 0.295 0.260
SLG% 0.508 0.434
OB% 0.423 0.353
ERA 3.64 3.51
WHIP 1.28 1.37
SO/9 9.57 9.48
BB/9 4.12 4.00
FLD% 0.972 0.966

Game 1 | Thursday, April 1st

First Pitch: 6:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Brandon Birdsell (3-1, 3.25)
Kansas State Probable Starter: LHP Jordan Wicks (4-1, 2.65)
Final Score: Texas Tech 17, Kansas State 1
Winning Pitcher: Brandon Birdsell (W, 4-1)
Losing Pitcher: J. Wicks (L, 4-2)
Key Hitters: Jace Jung 3-6, 3 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI; Dylan Neuse 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI; Dillon Carter 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI; Dru Baker 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI; Kurt Wilson 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers: Brandon Birdsell 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO; Micah Dallas 2.0 IP, 3 SO, Chase Webster 2.0 IP, 1 BB
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 4 Texas Tech baseball belted six home runs, including three from Jace Jung, to overwhelm Kansas State, 17-1, on Thursday night in the first of three games at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Red Raiders (20-4, 3-1) got back-to-back home runs in the third inning and back-to-back-to-back dingers in the eighth on their way to handing K-State (13-11, 0-4) its worst loss of the season.

Tech added four doubles to finish with a season-high 10 extra-base hits in the contest. The 17 runs mark the most Tech has scored in a game in Manhattan and its second largest output of the season.

Game 2 | Friday, April 2nd

First Pitch: 6:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Patrick Monteverde (5-0, 0.75)
Kansas State Probable Starter: RHP Carson Seymore (1-2, 4.50)
Final Score: Kansas State 7, Texas Tech 2
Winning Pitcher: C Seymour (W, 2-2)
Losing Pitcher: Patrick Monteverde (L, 5-1)
Key Hitters: Cal Conley 1-4, 1 RBI; Braydon Runion 1-2, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers:
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 4 Texas Tech baseball fell into an early 6-0 hole and was unable to recover as Kansas State took a 7-2 victory on Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

A day after Tech handed the Wildcats (14-11, 1-4) their worst loss of the season, K-State responded Friday with two home runs in the first inning and three for the game to even the three-game set against the Red Raiders (20-5, 3-2).

Left-hander Patrick Monteverde (5-1), who hadn’t allowed a home run entering the start, allowed two to the Wildcats in the bottom of the first as K-State built a 3-0 lead. The Cats tallied three more runs in the third off two doubles and two singles and ended Monteverde’s day after four frames.

Game 3 | Saturday, April 3rd

First Pitch: 4:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (1-0, 4.00)
Kansas State Probable Starter: RHP Connor McCullough (1-1, 3.23)
Final Score: Kansas State 10, Texas Tech 4
Winning Pitcher: McCullough (2-1)
Losing Pitcher: Mason Montgomery (L, 1-1)
Key Hitters: Dillon Carter 1-3, 2 RBI; Cody Masters 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Mason Montgomery 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO; Ryan Sublette 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO; Andrew Devine 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 4 Texas Tech baseball received another setback on Saturday as Kansas State went yard four times to claim a 10-4 victory in the rubber match of a three-game set at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Red Raiders (20-6, 3-3) had allowed just 12 home runs on the year entering the weekend, but the Wildcats (15-11, 2-4) connected on three Friday and four more on Saturday to earn its first series win against Tech since 2013.

After opening the weekend with six home runs and 16 hits in a 17-1 win on Thursday, the Red Raiders went deep one time the remainder of the series and combined to hit 1-of-16 with runners in scoring position, including a 1-for-6 mark in the finale.

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