State Farm College Baseball Showdown Series Thread

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Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Michigan Wolverines (0-0, 0-0); Auburn Tigers (0-0, 0-0); Arizona Wildcats (0-0, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, February 18th – Sunday, February 20th
Where to Watch: Globe Life Field | Arlington, Texas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Weather: WeatherUnderground

News, News, News, News

Don’t forget to listen to Keith Patrick, George Watson and Mike Gustafson preview the season at Red Raider Dugout.

RedRaiderSports did a nice job of previewing each position group and it’s a really good prep for the series: outfield | infield | catchers & starting rotation | bullpen

Preview of Starters

Since I didn’t know a ton about the announced starters (other than Birdsell) I wanted to just do a little research on each of them.

Andrew Morris (6-0/195) is a junior transfer from Colorado Mesa where he had a 3.23 ERA and an 18-2 record in 175.2 innings while being named the conference freshman of the year.

Brandon Birdsell (6-2/245) is in his second year with Texas Tech, was drafted in the 11th round, but elected to return. Birdsell was 4-1 last year with a 3.06 ERA and 36 strikeouts before a season-ending injury. Was previously at San Jacinto Junior College and Texas A&M prior to that.

Mason Molina (6-0/230) is a freshman from Rancho Santa Margarita, California. There are no stats for Molina, but I did find this short scouting report:

Mason Molina (2021 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) The movement and deception that Molina brings from the left side allows him to rack up swing and misses during his outing. Nothing is straight and he can move pitches around the zone well. His big breaking curveball gives him a legit go-to pitch when he needs a strikeout, as he showed over and over in Fort Myers.

Game 1 | Friday, February 18th

First Pitch: 7:00 p.m.
Television: FloBaseball($)
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Andrew Morris
Michigan Probable Starter:
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, Michigan 6
Winning Pitcher: Chase Hampton (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Weiss (0-1)
Key Hitters: Owen Washburn 3-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB; Kurt Wilson 2-5, 3 RBI; Easton Murrell 2-3, 1 R; Jace Jung 1-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Key Pitchers: Andrew Morris 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 2 WP; Josh Sanders 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO; Colin Clark 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER; Brendan Girton 2.1 IP, 5 SO; Chase Hampton 1.0, 1 BB
Links: Recap | Box Score

Welcome to college, Owen Washburn. The Texas Tech freshman hit a two-out walk-off single (watch) to push the No. 14 Red Raiders past Michigan, 7-6, on Friday’s opening night of the State Farm College Showdown at Globe Life Field. He finished 3-of-4, along with two walks, three runs scored and the game-winning RBI.

Game 2 | Saturday, February 19th

First Pitch: 3:00 p.m.
Television: FloBaseball($)
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Brandon Birdsell
Auburn Probable Starter:
Final Score: Auburn 2, Texas Tech 1
Winning Pitcher: J. Gonzalez (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Brandon Birdsell (0-1)
Key Hitters: Owen Washburn 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB; Kurt Wilson 1-3, 1 RBI; Ty Coleman 1-3
Key Pitchers: Brandon Birdsell 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP; Trendan Parish 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

The No. 14 Texas Tech baseball team fell 2-1 to Auburn on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Field in the first all-time pairing between the two programs.

Both teams managed just three hits apiece in the game. Owen Washburn, Ty Coleman and Kurt Wilson provided the Red Raiders offense. Wilson also delivered Tech’s one RBI with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth (watch). It was his fourth RBI of the young season.

Brandon Birdsell suffered the loss in 4.0 innings of work, despite allowing one hit in the start. The Tigers capitalized on four walks, which started in the second inning after he retired the first five batters in the game. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Auburn’s Bryson Ware drew a walk, stole second, and Cole Foster followed with an RBI single to open the scoring in Saturday’s game.

Game 3 | Sunday, February 20th

First Pitch: 2:30 p.m.
Television: FloBaseball($)
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Molina
Arizona Probable Starter:
Final Score:
Winning Pitcher:
Losing Pitcher:
Key Hitters:
Key Pitchers:
Links: Recap | Box Score


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