Preview & Series Thread: Texas Tech vs. West Virginia

Traveling to Morgantown.

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-9, 5-4)
Bad Guys: West Virginia Mountaineers (19-12, 4-5)
When to Watch: Friday, April 12th – Sunday, April 14th
Where to Watch: Monongalia County Park | Morgantown, West Virginia
How to Watch: Mountaineer.TV
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Not a ton of time this morning, but West Virginia is getting hot right at the wrong time for Texas Tech. The Mountaineers were swept in Waco by Baylor to start off conference play, but have won 2 of 3 against Oklahoma in Morgantown and then did the same thing on the road in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. Manoah is a heck of a pitcher, the Friday night starter and Big 12 pitcher of the week this week (I think), and I think the entire pitching staff does a pretty good job of getting opposing hitters to swing and miss.

I also mentioned earlier this morning that rain is expected to finish around first-pitch tonight and there’s no rain the forecast for Saturday, but it is expected to pick up on Sunday right around noon, which is when the first-pitch for that final game is scheduled. I would not be surprised to see tonight’s game possibly delayed until the rain is cleared out and a double-header on Saturday.

News, News, News, News

A-J Media’s Don Williams – Tech tries to get closer back on track:

Tech coach Tim Tadlock said he’s no less confident in the Red Raiders’ closer, even as he’s allowed multiple runs in three recent outings. Tech (22-9, 5-4) plays West Virginia (20-12, 4-5) a three-game series this weekend in Morgantown, at 5:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Asked Thursday to whom he would turn if he has a one-run lead in the ninth inning this weekend, Tadlock said, “I would say there’s a number of guys you could go to down there. I trust any of those guys to get three outs, but Beeter’s definitely at the front of the list. Him and John McMillon, Dane Haveman and Taylor Floyd.

“Beeter gives you a chance to beat anybody with a one-run lead. No doubt about that. He’s got a chance to pitch a long time.”

Gazette Mail’s Tom Bragg – WVU baseball: Mid-week wins pile up as Mountaineers get hot:

Before each of WVU’s previous two series wins, there was a mid-week contest against a rival school. Two weeks ago the Mountaineers used a lopsided win against Marshall in Charleston to help put the memory of losing three straight games at Baylor in the past. It also helped propel West Virginia to two wins against visiting Oklahoma that weekend.

Last week, the Mountaineers beat Pitt prior to grabbing two more conference wins, this time at the expense of Oklahoma State.

Now, with a strong Red Raider team due up next on the schedule, WVU is again coming off a win against an old rival.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead and cruised to an 8-1 win at Maryland on Wednesday with starting pticher Nick Snyder (5-1) picking up the win. Snyder, a left-hander who checks in at 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, also got the win in the Marshall game. He pitched well last week against Pitt, allowing one run on one hit while striking out five in five innings of work but did not factor in the decision against the Panthers.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers
avg .310 .249
slg% .486 .402
ob% .416 .354
ERA 4.22 3.38
Oavg .257 .212
SO/9 8.54 9.84
BB/9 4.29 4.55
fld% .977 .969

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .327 .549 .454 .960
OF/INF Gabe Holt .290 .379 .395 .926
1B Cameron Warren .345 .646 .419 1.000
INF Brian Klein .383 .487 .486 .983
DH Cole Stilwell .333 .517 .437 1.000
OF Dylan Neuse .368 .651 .504 1.000
Key West Virginia Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Tyler Doanes .306 .504 .405 .946
OF Darius Hill .296 .504 .360 1.000
C/INF Ivan Gonzalez .278 .407 .429 .985
INF Marques Inman .270 .480 .362 .992
OF Brandon White .269 .323 .415 .985
C Paul McIntosh .263 .475 .326 .968

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers West Virginia Starting Pitchers
Friday, April 12th, @ 5:30 pm (Mountaineer.TV) LHP Erikson Lanning (0-0, 3.21) RHP Alek Manoah (4-2, 2.44)
Saturday, April 13th, @ 3:00 pm (Mountaineer.TV) RHP Michah Dallas (3-0, 3.29) LHP Jackson Wolf (2-2, 3.64)
Sunday, April 14th, @ 12:00 pm (Mountaineer.TV) RHP Caleb Kilian (5-2, 5.59) RHP Kade Strowd (4-2, 3.54)

Game Recaps

Game 1 – Friday, April 12th @ 5:30 p.m. (Mountaineer.TV)
Final Score: West Virginia 2, Texas Tech 0
Links: Recap | Box Score

The No. 11 Texas Tech baseball team received strong outings from Erikson Lanning and John McMillon, but was unable to crack reigning National and Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Alek Manoah as it fell, 2-0, in the series opener at West Virginia on a wet Friday night at Monongalia County ballpark.

The Mountaineers (21-12, 5-5) recorded both runs with timely two-out singles, one in the first and one in the third, that would prove to be enough as the Red Raiders (22-10, 5-5) were held to four hits on the day.

Game 2 – Saturday, April 13th @ 3:00 p.m. (Mountaineer.TV)
Final Score: West Virginia 4, Texas Tech 3
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 11 Texas Tech baseball suffered its fourth one-run loss in league play as a walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth allowed West Virginia to take a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

The Red Raiders (22-11, 5-6) held a brief 3-2 lead in the fifth after a two-run single from freshman Cole Stilwell, but the Mountaineers (22-12, 6-5) tied it in their half of the fifth before a bases-loaded walk to Marques Inman allowed Tevin Tucker to come home for the deciding run.

Game 3 – Sunday, April 14th @ 12:00 p.m. (Mountaineer.TV)
Final Score: Texas Tech 3, West Virginia 0
Links: Recap | Box Score

Junior starter Caleb Kilian delivered a complete-game two hitter and the No. 11 Texas Tech baseball team shut out West Virginia, 3-0, in the series finale Sunday at Monongalia County Ballpark after a three-hour rain delay prior to first pitch.

After a pair of narrow defeats Friday and Saturday, Kilian’s magnificent effort on the mound and a trio of stellar defensive plays in the infield allowed the Red Raiders (23-11, 6-6) to salvage a win in the three-game set.


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