Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Michigan & Stetson

It’s five games.

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-5, 1-2)
Bad Guys: Michigan Wolverines (14-4, 0-0); Stetson Hatters (8-11, 0-0)
When to Watch: Thursday, March 21st – Monday, March 25th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: 3/21-3/22 & 3/24-3/25: TexasTech.TV; 3/23: FSSW+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

There’s normally an intro here, but given everything that’s been happening, as well as returning to work with a week off, I’ve been swamped. Thankfully you have a whole team of writers and podcasters who love writing and talking about Texas Tech baseball. To provide me some slack, it does take about 2 hours to put together the stats for this post and took up most of my Tuesday evening.

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A-J Media’s Don Williams – Tech gears up for five games in five days:

No. 13 Tech (12-5) hosts No. 22 Michigan (14-4) in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Then the Red Raiders host Stetson (8-12) at 2 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

The Stetson series originally was a three-game weekend affair set up via Hatters pitching coach Dave Therneau, a Larry Hays-era Red Raiders pitcher. Later, an opponent canceled a series against Michigan, Tadlock said, and Tech was one of the programs the Wolverines contacted as a possible replacement.

To satisfy Stetson’s obligation for three games, the Hatters and the Wolverines will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday after the Tech-Michigan series finale at 2 p.m. that day.

“I think it’s a big advantage getting to play five days in a row,” Tadlock said. “It forces you to play different lineups. It’s going to give guys opportunities. Doesn’t mean your results are going to be great, but you should come away with some information. I don’t know about answers, but information.”

RedRaiderSports’ Jack Densmore – Takeaways: Red Raiders prepare for five-game home stretch:

– On what the message to the team is after the Texas series, “Baseball, there’s going to be some physical mistakes, you hope for not too many mental ones and all teammates have the opportunity to pick each other up, so I wish the message was that simple. I wouldn’t say we played good baseball. We play good baseball, there’s more margin for error on some of the other stuff.”

– Right now, regarding the pitching rotation, the coaches are seeing where Lanning can fit in. Micah Dallas will start on Thursday, Kilian is planned to start on Friday and Mason Montgomery and Lanning are to be put somewhere in the other games along with Bryce Bonnin.

Michigan Daily’s Kent Schwartz – Michigan finishes home stand with dominant win:

In the Michigan baseball team’s second midweek game of the season on Tuesday, it hoped to avoid the same pitching follies against Western Michigan that it had in the first.

Initially, it wasn’t obvious if it could.

Sophomore right-hander Blake Beers had his second start of the season — in his first, he cruised through until the third inning before he began to struggle. A feeling of déjà vu spread through the stadium as he did so again.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Michigan Wolverines Stetson Hatters
avg .296 .281 .229
slg% .476 .434 .300
ob% .407 .375 .338
ERA 3.78 3.64 5.04
Oavg .262 .193 .259
SO/9 8.64 9.28 10.13
BB/9 4.20 3.13 4.53
fld% .977 .974 .958

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .333 .474 .465 .944
OF/INF Gabe Holt .322 .407 .452 .966
1B Cameron Warren .310 .638 .394 1.000
INF Brian Klein .365 .460 .469 .961
INF Dru Baker .281 .359 .368 .922
OF Dylan Neuse .406 .781 .510 1.000
Key Michigan Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Jordan Brewer .368 .662 .397 .986
IF Jack Blomgren .339 .390 .451 .983
OF Christian Bullock .302 .349 .380 1.000
OF Miles Lewis .292 .508 .378 1.000
C Joe Donovan .222 .422 .345 .993
OF Jesse Franklin .218 .382 .419 .978
Key Stetson Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Austin Bogart .304 .435 .402 .938
INF Mark Townsend .295 .295 .354 1.000
INF Baylen Sparks .294 .314 .362 1.000
INF EJ Doskow .292 .458 .433 1.000
INF Jonathan Meola .268 .411 .358 .950
INF Eric Foggo .231 .269 .359 .957

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers Opponent Starting Pitchers
Thursday, March 21st, @ 6:30 pm (TexasTech.TV) RHP Micah Dallas (1-0, 1.93) LHP Tommy Henry (5-0, 0.51)
Friday, March 22nd, @ 6:30 pm (TexasTech.TV) RHP Caleb Kilian (1-2, 6.35) RHP Karl Kauffmann (4-1, 1.06)
Saturday, March 23rd, @ 2:00 pm (FSSW+) TBD RHP Jeff Criswell (1-1, 3.51)
Sunday, March 24th, @ 2:00 pm (TexasTech.TV) TBD TBD
Monday, March 25th, @ 1:00 pm (TexasTech.TV) TBD TBD

Game Recaps

Game 1 – Thursday, March 21st @ 6:30 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score: Texas Tech 11, Michigan 2
Links: Recap | Box Score

Freshman Micah Dallas went 5 innings and earned the win moving to 2-0, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, walking none, and striking out 7. I don’t know what happened, but I thought that Bryce Bonnin might get a start this 5-game series, but he threw to 1 batter and allowed a hit to start the 6th inning. Dane Haveman went 2 innings allowing just a hit and striking out 3, Taylor Floyd went an inning without issue, and Caleb Freeman also went the 9th inning with a bit of a rough outing, allowing a hit and walking two while allowing a run. The offense hammed out 11 hits and had 9 walks. DH Cole Stilwell went 2 for 4 with an RBI, 2B Brian Klien went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and LF/CF Max Murasak went 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs and 2 RBI.

Game 2 – Friday, March 22nd @ 6:30 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:

Game 3 – Saturday, March 23rd @ 2:00 p.m. (FSSW+)
Final Score:

Game 4 – Sunday, March 24th @ 2:00 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:

Game 5 – Monday, March 25th @ 1:00 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:


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