Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. Kansas State

On the road again.

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-6, 1-2)
Bad Guys: Kansas State Wildcats (11-14, 0-3)
When to Watch: Friday, March 29th – Sunday, March 31st
Where to Watch: Tointon Stadium | Manhattan, Kansas
How to Watch: ESPN3
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Well, I’m back, whether you like it or not, to briefly talk about the Kansas State schedule and figure out where things are at. The Wildcats have not been very good, they split their opening series against Cal State Northridge on the road, they lost to California Baptist while they were out in Cali and then played a tournament where they lost to Fresno State, beat Utah, and lost to San Diego. They then played a 3 game series in Ft. Worth because the weather in Manhattan wasn’t great, winning 2 of 3. K-State then lost 2 of 3 to Old Dominion, swept a 2-game series against Northern Illinois, and then won 2 of 3 against UTRGV. To finish the non-conference part of the schedule they split a 2-game series with Canisius. In Big 12 play, they got swept by Oklahoma State in Stillwater, 4-11, 4-5, and 4-8.

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News, News, News, News

A-J Media’s Don Williams – Tech baseball notebook: Tech taps Dallas to start series opener:

Tadlock doesn’t expect being the Friday night starter in a conference series to bother Dallas.

“I’ve always thought a baseball game’s a baseball game, whether it’s Friday or Monday,” Tadlock said. “They’re starting a freshman from Canada. We’re starting a freshman from the Dallas area. It’s not a big deal.”

Tadlock said junior right-hander Caleb Kilian (2-2, 5.34) will start the series’ second game, his normal spot, and game three will be either junior lefthander Erikson Lanning (0-0, 2.70) or freshman lefty Mason Montgomery (2-0, 4.84) will start Sunday’s finale.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Kansas State Wildcats
avg .295 .277
slg% .475 .426
ob% .404 .352
ERA 3.67 5.12
Oavg .257 .259
SO/9 8.82 8.96
BB/9 4.04 4.35
fld% .977 .963

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .342 .553 .463 .957
OF/INF Gabe Holt .280 .378 .404 .917
1B Cameron Warren .329 .658 .409 1.000
INF Brian Klein .367 .456 .471 .974
OF Cody Masters .333 .662 .434 1.000
OF Dylan Neuse .388 .700 .505 1.000
Key Kansas State Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
OF Will Brennan .348 .511 .430 1.000
C Chris Ceballos .338 .563 .382 .989
INF/OF Cameron Thompson .316 .398 .343 .881
OF Zach Kokoska .316 .506 .387 1.000
INF Caleb Littlejim .247 .481 .330 .889
INF Thomas Hughes .241 .310 .362 0.970

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers Kansas State Starting Pitchers
Friday, March 29th, @ 6:00 pm (ESPN3) RHP Micah Dallas, (2-0, 1.88) RHP Griffin Hassall (0-0, 2.03)
Saturday, March 30th, @ 4:00 pm (ESPN3) RHP Caleb Kilian (2-2, 5.34) LHP Jordan Wicks (3-0, 1.83)
Sunday, March 31st, @ 1:00 pm (ESPN3) TBD TBD

Game Recaps

Game 1 – Saturday, March 30th @ 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score: Texas Tech 11, Kansas State 4
Links: Recap | Box Score

The No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team clinched its first Big 12 series win of the season, sweeping a doubleheader at Kansas State by scores of 11-4 and 4-3 on a cold and windy Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

After rainy weather forced the Red Raiders (18-6. 3-2) and Wildcats (11-16, 0-5) to reschedule Friday’s opener into a doubleheader Saturday, Tech outmuscled KSU on its way to a third-straight series win in Manhattan and sixth straight series win versus KSU overall.

Game 2 – Saturday, March 30th @ 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score: Texas Tech 4, Kansas State 3
Links: Recap | Box Score

In game two, the Red Raiders once again battled out of an early hole with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth to go up 4-3. That’s where the margin would stay as junior left-hander Dane Haveman delivered a career-high three scoreless innings out of the bullpen and redshirt freshman closer Clayton Beeter struck out three in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

Game 3 – Sunday, March 31st @ 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Final Score: Kansas State 5, Texas Tech 4
Links: Recap | Box Score

The No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh to drop the series finale at Kansas State, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Red Raiders (18-7, 3-3) held leads of 3-1 in the fifth and 4-2 in the seventh before the three-run seventh allowed the Wildcats (12-16, 1-5) to salvage a game in the three-game set. Going for its first sweep in Manhattan since 1997, Tech will settle for its sixth straight series win over KSU and its third straight in the Little Apple.



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