Preview & Series Thread: College Baseball Showdown

Series Details

Good Guys: #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: #8 Arkansas Razorbacks (0-0, 0-0); #6 Ole Miss Rebels (0-0, 0-0); #7 Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 20th – Monday, February 22nd
Where to Watch: Globe Life Field | Arlington, Texas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

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Saturday’s meeting will be the 62nd all-time between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1974. The two teams met annually each year as members of the Southwest Conference from 1974-1991. Tech trails the series 15-46 and is 1-4 under Tadlock, but won the last matchup at the 2019 College World Series to send the Hogs home. Former Razorback Easton Murrell hit a home run in the fifth that tied the game before a hit-and-run by Cody Masters put Tech in front for good in the eighth.

Sunday’s meeting will be the third all-time between the Red Raiders and Rebels, who have split the first two matchups. It will be the second time the two teams have met in an MLB stadium with Minute Maid hosting their battle in 2017. The programs met for the first time at the 2014 College World Series as the Rebels survived an elimination game.

Monday’s meeting will be the eighth all-time between the Red Raiders and Bulldogs. The Red Raiders will be looking to end a four-game slide against the Bulldogs and even the series at 4-4. Tech has seen Mississippi State three of the last four years for a total of five matchups, the most of any SEC team. Four of those five matchups have taken place in the state of Mississippi, as Monday’s game will be just the second in the series to occur in the state of Texas. Tech and MSU ended their abbreviated 2020 seasons against one another as the midweek series in Biloxi finished a day before the season began to shut down.

Red Raider Dugout – Arlington:

To start, one thing we know for sure is this is going to be another salty team put together by Tim Tadlock, J-Bob Thomas, Matt Gardner, and company. The Red Raiders brought in the #9 recruiting class in the country and the #1 JUCO class for the second year running. Coach Tadlock has been, in his quiet way, very excited about the new guys. That should get all of you excited as the majority of new faces are pitchers and we’re seeing what could be the deepest class of arm talent since Davis Martin and Steven Gingery stepped onto campus.

We also know that Texas Tech is running behind as they walk into a tough weekend. Now, don’t sound the alarm bells, because so is the rest of the country including the field in Arlington. With the winter weather that’s effected large swaths of the US this week, that’s lost time in preparation that southern schools don’t often face. Everyone in the tournament will be on even playing field in regards to time lost in the spring so far.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Arkansas Ole Miss Mississippi State
Avg 0.319 0.310 0.294 0.260
SLG% 0.527 0.487 0.549 0.380
OB% 0.434 0.403 0.416 0.356
ERA 3.36 3.68 2.92 2.85
WHIP 1.29 1.27 1.15 1.11
SO/9 11.8 9.1 10.7 11.4
BB/9 3.62 3.23 3.04 3.87
FLD% 0.977 0.975 0.970 0.967

Game 1 | Saturday, February 20th

First Pitch: 7:00 p.m.
Television: $FloBaseball
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Patrick Monteverde (4-4, 2.95)
Arkansas Probable Starter: RHP Zebulon Vermillion (1-0, 0.00)
Final Score: Arkansas 13, Texas Tech 9
Winning Pitcher: Trest (W, 1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Andrew Devine (L, 0-1)
Key Hitters: 3B Cal Conley 2-3, 1 R, 3 RBI; C Braxton Fulford 1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI (HR); LF Dru Baker 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB
Key Pitchers: Patrick Monteverde 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 SO | Ryan Sublette 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO; Andrew Devine 0.2 IP 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 3 Texas Tech baseball carried a one-run lead into the ninth, but faltered late as No. 6 Arkansas rallied with a five-run frame to claim the 13-9 win on opening day at the College Baseball Showdown in Arlington.

More than 16,000 fans were on hand at Globe Life Field to witness a shootout between the Red Raiders and Razorbacks, one that saw six lead changes from the fifth inning on.

Game 2 | Sunday, February 21st

First Pitch: 3:00 p.m.
Television: $FloBaseball
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Micah Dallas (1-0, 0.57)
Ole Miss Probable Starter: RHP Gunnar Hoglund (3-0, 1.16 ERA)
Final Score: Ole Miss 5, Texas Tech 4
Winning Pitcher: G Hoglund (W, 1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Micah Dallas (L, 0-1)
Key Hitters: 3B/SS Cal Conley 2-5, 1 RBI; CF Dylan Neuse 1-3 (HR), 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB; C/1B Nate Rombach 2-4 (HR), 1 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Micah Dallas 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; Brendan Girton 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

A five-run third inning gave No. 6 Ole Miss enough cushion to hold off a late rally as No. 3 Texas Tech Baseball fell 5-4 to the Rebels on Sunday in its second game of the State Farm College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The Red Raiders (0-2), who jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Nate Rombach home run in the second, trailed 5-3 heading to the ninth. With two on and two outs, Cal Conley delivered an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Tech then loaded the bases for Easton Murrell, who worked a full count before flying out to deep right center.

Game 3 | Monday, February 22nd

First Pitch: 11:00 a.m.
Television: $FloBaseball
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (3-1, 3.00)
Mississippi State Probable Starter: TBD
Final Score:
Winning Pitcher:
Losing Pitcher:
Key Hitters:
Key Pitchers:
Links: Recap | Box Score


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