Preview & Series Thread: Rice vs. Texas Tech

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Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Rice Owls (2-10, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 8th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

Hello humans. Rice has had a rough go at things to start the year. They lost the series to Texas in Houston to start the year, all three games to UC Irvine, a mid-week game to Texas State, and then lost 2 of 3 to baseball powerhouse Missouri State. The Owls then lost to Louisiana on Tuesday and to Houston on Wednesday. This is not the Houston that you grew up thinking was a dominant baseball program.

Texas Tech, meanwhile, is on an absolute tear. They’re hitting .339 as a team, which is 1st in the Big 12 and the closest next team being Oklahoma State at .298, 1st in slugging, and 1st in on-base percentage, by wide margins. Oh, and they’re also stealing bases, 2nd in the Big 12 with 26 . The Red Raiders are 4th in ERA and leading the Big 12 with 165 strikeouts.

One other big note is that I’m going to be out of town this weekend so I won’t be able to update this post until Sunday at some point.

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Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – Preparing for greatness: No. 2 Red Raiders eager to get back on field, take on Rice:

Following a mid-week sweep, Texas Tech will look to continue its winning ways when it welcomes former Southwest Conference for Rice for a three-game set, starting with a 6:30 p.m. Friday contest at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The two team will also play at 3 p.m. Saturday and conclude the series at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

It marks the first time the Owls have traveled to Lubbock time since 1999.

“Rhythm and timing is definitely something that we’re all hunting,” said Tadlock, who’s two wins away from 300 during his time with the Red Raiders. “We’re trying to do the best job we can on both sides of it. Every time all these guys get out there should help.”

Texas Tech is coming off a pair of wins in which it outscored UNLV 22-5 in two midweek contests. Both games also saw starters Mason Montgomery (3-0) and Hunter Dobbins (2-0) pitched five innings or more in the triumphs.

“Just a lot of value in it,” Tadlock said of the midweek. “Really in the last two days and be able to run both starters out there in Mason (Montgomery) and Hunter (Dobbins). Get those guys out of the bullpen some work. … There’s a lot of value in that.”

Team Stats

Texas Tech Rice
Avg 0.339 0.236
SLG% 0.573 0.328
OB% 451.000 0.341
ERA 2.76 5.63
WHIP 1.04 1.52
Opp/Avg 0.188 0.270
SO/9 11.97 7.44
BB/9 3.26 4.50
FLD% 0.978 0.970

Projected Starters

Game 1 | Friday, March 6th

First Pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Television: TexasTech.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Clayton Beeter (1-1, 3.00)
Rice Probable Starter: RHP Alex DeLeon (1-2, 9.82)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, Rice 1
Winning Pitcher: Clayton Beeter (2-1); Micah Dallas (3)
Losing Pitcher: DeLeon (1-3)
Key Hitters: 1B Cole Stillwell 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; 3B Jace Jung 1-1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB; DP Nate Rombach 1-4, 2 RBI; LF Dillon Carter 2-3
Key Pitchers: Clayton Beeter 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 12 SO, 0 BB; Micah Dallas 3.0 IP, 5 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Redshirt sophomore Clayton Beeter struck out 12 through six innings of work as No. 2 Texas Tech baseball picked up its 10th win in a row with a 7-1 victory over Rice on Friday night in front of a sold out crowd at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The 12 strikeouts were the most by a Red Raider since Corey Taylor in 2013 and the most by a Big 12 pitcher this season. The 14-1 start for Texas Tech matches the 2018 club for the best start through 15 games since 1996.

The Red Raiders opened the scoring in the first off back-to-back doubles from sophomore Cole Stilwell and freshman Jace Jung to take an early 2-0 lead. The Owls (2-11) fought back with a run in the third, but the Red Raiders answered with a run in the home half of the frame and further widened the gap with one in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Game 2 | Saturday, March 7th

First Pitch: 3:00 p.m.
Television: TexasTech.TV
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Bryce Bonnin (2-0, 4.15)
Rice Probable Starter: RHP Blake Brogdon (0-3, 4.60)
Final Score: Texas Tech 19, Rice 12
Winning Pitcher: Ryan Sublette (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Christian Cienfuegos (1-1)
Key Hitters: CF Dylan Neuse 2-3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB; 2B Brian Klein 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI; DH Nate Rmbach 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; SS Ca Conley 3-4, 1 R, 5 RBI; PH/RF Max Marusak 2-2, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Ryan Sublette 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 2 Texas Tech baseball stormed back from an 8-1 deficit to secure the series win over Rice with a 19-12 victory in front of a second-straight sold out crowd at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

It marks the 11th straight win for the Red Raiders (15-1) and win No. 300 for head coach Tim Tadlock in his time at Tech. He becomes the third Tech coach to reach the milestone, joining Larry Hays and Kal Segrist.

Game 3 | Sunday, March 8th

First Pitch: 11:30 a.m.
Television: FSSW+ via FoxSportsGo
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Austin Becker (1-0, 4.38)
Rice Probable Starter: RHP Drake Greenwood (0-1, 4.09)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, Rice 6 (11)
Winning Pitcher: Micah Dallas (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Ryan Rickett (0-1)
Key Hitters: SS Cal Conley 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI; 2B Brian Klein 1-3, 2 R, 3 BB; Max Marusak 1-5, 2 RBI; 3B/1B Jace Jung 0-2, 3 BB, 1 R
Key Pitchers Andrew Devin 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO; Kurt Wilson 2.0 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO; Micah Dallas 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Pinch hitter T.J. Rumfield drilled a walk-off double to left field in the bottom of the 11th to cap off a late rally as No. 2 Texas Tech baseball outlasted Rice with a 7-6 victory Sunday to complete the three-game sweep.

A day after turning a seven-run deficit into a seven-run win, the Red Raiders (16-1) found themselves down 4-0 early and trailed 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Tech, however, captured its late-inning magic once again as a two-run single from sophomore Max Marusak in the eighth cut the lead in half and an RBI walk and sac fly in the ninth pushed the game into extras.


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