Preview and Series Threat: Sam Houston State vs. Texas Tech

Texas Tech hosts Sam Houston State in a two-game mid-week series at Rip Griffin Park.

Series Details:

Dates: Tuesday, April 12th – Wednesday, April 13th
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-9, 11-1)
Bad Guys: Sam Houston State Bearkats (18-14, 11-4)
Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
TV/Stream: None.
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates

Texas Tech is coming off of it’s third straight sweep of a conference opponent, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Oklahoma State this past weekend. not only that, but Texas Tech split the mid-week series last week, in Tallahassee against Florida State. This team, to put it lightly, is rolling. Sam Houston State has struggled a bit in non-conference play, but they’ve been very good as of late, winning series against Northwestern State, Nicholls State, Beating Texas State at home, Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin.


Avg .303 .281
OBP .402 .346
SLG .449 .384
ERA 4.01 4.58
OAvg .265 .262
SO/9 7.24 7.02
BB/9 3.94 3.94
FLD% .972 .961

Probable Starters:

Game 1: Wednesday, April 12th @ 2:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Erikson Lanning (1-3, 7.03)
Sam Houston State Starting Pitcher: RHP Spence Rahm (0-2, 4.50)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 8, Sam Houston State 6 (recap | box score)

Erikson Lanning got his second win of the year, going 5 innings allowing 2 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 1. That’s some good progress for Lanning. Dalton Brown had a rough go at it, going 1.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 runs, walking 1 and striking out 2. Robert Dugger, 1.2 innings and Hayden Howard, 1.0 inning, pitched the final few frames, with Howard earning his 4th save of the year.

Offensively, Tanner Gardner, Eric Gutierrez and Orlando Garcia each hit home runs yesterday, Gardner goign 1-2 with 2 RBI and 3 walks, Gutierrez was 2-3 with 4 RBI and a walk while Garcia was 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Game 2: Wednesday, April 13th @ 5:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Ty Damron (2-1, 5.95)
Sam Houston State Starting Pitcher: TBA
Final Score & Box Score: Texas Tech 20, Sam Houston State 3 (recap | box score)

Well, this was much easier. Ty Damron earned his 3rd win of the year, going 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, walking 2 and striking out 5. Parker Mushinski, Ryan Shetter and Chandler Eden all pitched an inning to close out the game with Eden being the only pitcher to allow a run. The pitching staff had 12 strikeouts to just 3 walks for the entire game. Pretty good.

But it was the offense that stole the show . Cody Farhat and Tyler Neslony each homered, it being Farhat’s first homer of his career. Farhat was 1-1 with 3 RBI. Neslony was 2-5 with 6 RBI on the day. Kholeton Sanchez was 3-5 with 5 RBI including a triple. There are probably a lot more that I’m missing, but when you score 20 runs, it’s hard to catch all of them. The offense is humming at this point of the season.


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