Preview & Series Thread: Kent State vs. Texas Tech

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-2, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2, 0-0)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 26 – Sunday, February 27th
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

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How close was I to simply not having the time to get up a place to comment / puts forefinger and thumb nearly together /. Yeah, I was that close. And I fully recognize that I didn’t fully update last week’s thread, which I will eventually get to, but for now, all of the needed info is here. Remember that it is a double-header on Sunday.

Preview: Tech welcomes Kent State for weekend series:

Texas Tech continues its 2022 home slate with its first weekend series of the season, Feb. 25-27, against Kent State at Rip Griffin Park, after hosting Dallas Baptist this past Tuesday.

As Texas Tech takes on Kent State for the first time in program history, the two missed each other at Rip Griffin Park in 2018 during the Lubbock Regional that slotted Texas Tech (1-seed), Louisville (2-seed), Kent State (3-seed) and New Mexico State (4-seed) together. Louisville defeated Kent State 13-6 in the two vs. three-seed matchup, then eliminated NMSU, 2-1, before catching its second loss to Louisville, 12-6, to eliminate them from the tournament before facing Texas Tech. The Red Raiders defeated NMSU and Louisville (twice) en route to the Super Regional and eventual College World Series appearance.

This weekend, John Harris and Mike Gustafson will call the game from inside Rip Griffin Park as coverage will be provided via Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The broadcast can be accessed from any desktop or laptop computer, any personal cellular device and television streaming services using the ESPN app. Registration for the subscription service can be found at

Game 1 | Saturday, February 26th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Andrew Morris (0-0, 9.82)
Kent State Probable Starter: RHP Richie Dell (0-0, 7.36)
Final Score: Texas Tech 10, Kent State 7
Winning Pitcher: Brendan Girton (2-0); Trendan Parish (S 2)
Losing Pitcher: Ben Cruikshank (0-2)
Key Hitters: Kurt Wilson 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB; Owen Washburn 2-3, 3 RBI, 1 R; Jace Jung 0-1, 4 BB, 3 R; Dillon Carter 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Andrew Morris 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO; Brendan Girton 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO; Trendan Parish 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

The Texas Tech baseball team defeated Kent State, 10-7, on Saturday in the first of a three-game weekend series at Rip Griffin Park. The series will wrap up on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. to make-up for Friday’s game that was postponed due to below-freezing temperatures.

It remained a cold day on Saturday, with first pitch temperatures hovering in the low 40’s, but the offense was one thing that was not cold as the game got underway. The first inning had a combined six runs, and lasted 34 minutes, as Kent State scored two runs, and Texas Tech poured on four in the bottom half. Each team was sparked by a home run – Kent State a two-run shot, and Tech a three-run blast. Kurt Wilson provided Tech’s first long ball of the season with his three-run homer (watch) which pushed his season RBI total to a team-leading seven.

Game 2 | Sunday, February 27th

First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: Brandon Birdsell (0-1, 4.50)
Kent State Probable Starter: LHP Collin Romel (0-1, 5.40)
Final Score: Texas Tech 8, Kent State 1
Winning Pitcher: Brandon Birdsell (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Collin Romel (0-2)
Key Hitters: Dillon Carter 2-5, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI; Ty Coleman 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI; Dalton Porter 2-3, 2 RBI; Hudson White 1-3 3 RBI, 1 BB
Key Pitchers: Brandon Birdsell 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO; Coln Clark 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO; Shay Hartis 1.2 IP, 1 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Game 3 | Sunday, February 27th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m. (30-45 minutes after first game)
Television: ESPN+
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Molina (0-1, 4.50)
Kent State Probable Starter: RHP Rocco Bernadina (0-0, 2.08)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, Kent State 5
Winning Pitcher: Jase Lopez (1-0); Trendan Parish (S, 3)
Losing Pitcher: Peyton Cariaco (0-1)
Key Hitters: Jace Jung 2-4, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI; Ty Coleman 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Parker Kelly 2-4, 1 R
Key Pitchers: Mason Molina 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 SO; Derek Bridges 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO; Jase Lopez 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO; Trendan Parish, 1.0 IP, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score


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