You ready for some baseball? Me too. Texas Tech hosts #3 Indiana in their first series of the year, which should be interesting. Head coach Tim Tadlock is in year two of rebuilding this program and this team is hoping to get back to the NCAA Tournament after a decade long absence. If you go to the official site notes, there's a ton of stuff there and the LAJ did a terrific job of previewing this team and the Big 12: looking towards NCAA postseason (LAJ); Big 12 preview (via LAJ); experience and talent hope to push Texas Tech to post-season (via LAJ).
This will serve as your open thread for the entire weekend.
OUTFIELD: LF: Zach Davis | CF: Brett Bell | RF: Devon Conley
INFIELD: 3B: Jake Barrios | SS: Tim Proudfoot | 2B: Bryant Burleson | 1B Eric Gutierrez | C: Mason Randolph | DH: Jarrard Poteete
A really nice pitching performance by Dominic Moreno, going 6 innings and giving up 1 run on 3 hits, followed with 3 scoreless innings from Jonny Drozd. The offense only managed only 4 hits, 3 of which came off of starter Joey DeNato. Texas Tech's offense has struggled the past year and been inconsistent at best.
Game 2: Saturday, February 15th @ 12:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Withrow
Indiana Starting Pitcher: LHP Kyle Hart
Final Score & Box Score: Indiana 5, Texas Tech 10 - Recap (for both Saturday games) - Box Score
Withrow pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, striking out 5 and walking 2, but it was enough to get his first win of the year. The bullpen was terrific on the way out with the win, as Dalton Brown and Ryan Moseley only allowed 3 hits and 1 run in the final 4 innings. The offense woke up as they had 13 hits, led by Bryan Burleson, who was 3-4 on the day. Adam Kirsch was 1-2 with 3 RBI and 2 walks on the day and Tyler Neslony was 1 for 4 but that one hit was a grandslam in the first inning, giving Texas Tech a 5-0 lead.
Game 3: Saturday, February 15th @ 4:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Chris Sadberry
Indiana Starting Pitcher: RHP Christian Morris
Final Score & Box Score: Indiana 2, Texas Tech 6 - Box Score
Starter Chris Sadberry pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, no walks and 4 strikeouts in route to his first win of the year. Corey Taylor was lights out in relief, pitching 3.1 innings and giving up 4 hits while striking out 2. Tim Proudfoot was 3-4 on the day, driving in 2 runs, while Tyler Neslony was terrific again, going 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBI for the day.
Game 4: Sunday, February 16th @ 12:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: TBA
Indiana Starting Pitcher: TBA
Final Score & Box Score: Indiana 0, Texas Tech 7 - Box Score
Freshman Ty Damron started and pitched one inning, but it was Cameron Smith, who carried the load, pitching 6 innings of 5 hit ball, allowing no runs, walking 1 and striking out 2. Jonny Drozd pitched the final 2 frames, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Adam Kirsch was 2-4 with 3 RBI, while Bryant Burleson and Alec Humphreys both had two hits on the day.