Dates: Friday, February 13th (2:00 pm), February 14th (12:00 pm & 4:00 pm), February 15th (12:00 pm)
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: San Francisco Dons (0-0,0-0)
Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX
TV/Radio: Texas Tech TV (with subscription), TuneIn.com
Game 1 Details:
Opening Day was a success for the Red Raiders, as Tech escaped San Francisco with a 9-7 Victory over the Dons. The afternoon started out with an introduction of both players, followed by an announcement by the Lubbock Mayor and Tadlock. They announced that February 13th will be celebrated as "Red Raider Baseball Day" in Lubbock, in honor of Tech's College World Series run. After Tech's starting line-up was announced, and the national anthem was sung, it was time to kick off the 2015 season.
The first two innings were dominated both by starting pitchers, as Mosley and Shew exchanged outs. However, Mosley ran into trouble in the 3rd, when he started walking batters, leaving the bases loaded with 0 outs. He would give up two hits in the inning and 3 runs. That lead wouldn't hold long. After Proudfoot, Floyd and Smith reached base, Neslony did what he always does; bring home the runners. A double down the left field line sent all the runners home and tied the score. Tech wasn't done though. "Gute" and Hargrove hit back-to-back doubles to center to hit the man on 2nd home. Carpenter would later score Hargrove, giving Tech a 6-3 lead after 3 innings.
Tech would add to the lead in later innings when Stephen Smith hit a high fly ball over the Left Field wall. Burleson followed with a blooper to left to score Carpenter and go up 8-4. However, Lancaster and Moreno struggled in the back half of the innings and allowed San Fran to close the gap to 8-6. Luckily, Floyd was able to provide some insurance in the 8th with a bomb to Right Field. Moreno allowed a run in the 9th, but came away with the save and the 9-7 victory.
MVP: Tyler Neslony - Ness was 1-5 on the day with a 3-RBI Triple to get the 6-run 3rd inning going.
Thoughts: Absolutely great atmosphere by the fans. They set an Opening Day attendance record with 4,375 fans and a student attendance record with 1,225 students. This town is definitely showing support for their baseball team.......Some things I didn't like was the defensive errors and bad pitching. Tech had an uncharacteristic 3 errors, including one by Proudfoot (only had 2 last year). Mosley seemed inconsistent, Patterson gave up multiple long fly outs, Lancaster struggled in his first appearance and Moreno gave up some runs in the end. Has to improve next game......Last year when Tech got a double, they did the nae-nae. This year? They throw up the X. Looks like the Tech brought Dez's signature move to the baseball diamond.
Game 2 Details:
Game 2 of the Series started off like Game one. After a little action early on, Quinn Carpenter ran into trouble in the 3rd, when San Francisco had a 3-run inning to go up 4-1 in the contest. Then the Tech offense got going in the 4th. It started off with a with RBI double into Right Field by Hunter Hargrove, followed by a bases clearing 2-run RBI double from Williams Hairston. It inning was capped off with a 2-run shot from Lubbock native Michael Davis, who made his Tech debut. The Red Raiders wouldn't stop there though.
After a Stephen Smith hit home two on an RBI single in the 6th, Tech had another offensive explosion in the 8th. It started off when Stephen Smith hit Tyler Floyd home on a double down the right field line. Gardner and Neslony would walk, bring Gute up to the plate with 3 on and none out. He wouldn't get any RBI's but the pitcher threw two wild pitches to Gutierrez that scored both Smith and Gardner. That was followed by a RBI double from Pinch Hitter Zach Davis, a sacrifice by Tim Proudfoot to score Gutierrez, and a 2-run RBI single from Fylod to make it 15-5 Tech. Parker Muskinski, Corey Taylor and Dalton Brown would hold San Fran to only 2 more runs on the day to preserve a 15-6 victory over the Dons.
MVP: William Hairston - It's hard to pick one player that stands out, because multiple guys had 2 or more RBI's on the day (5 to be exact). I'm going to Hairston here because he reached base 5 out of 6 times, scored 3 runs and hit home 2 runners. Not bad for your first Red Raider game.
Thoughts: Gutierrez is having an amazing season already. He only has an RBI or two on the year, but he has an outstanding OBP (.786%) and AVG (.625%). Pitchers some scared to throw to him at times. In fact, Gutierrez scored two runners because of wild pitchers throw to him..........Michael Davis and Williams Hairston both had outstanding debuts for Texas Tech, combining for 4 RBI's, 5 hits and 5 runs on the day. Looks like Tadlock is putting the right people in the line-up......Another struggling start for Tech's starter, as Quinn left the game giving up 4 runs in 3 innings. Can't have that out of your starts when Big XII play starts.
Game 3 Details:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TexasTech?src=hash">#TexasTech</a> lineup for game 2 of doubleheader <a href="http://t.co/5SrTPX0K9J">pic.twitter.com/5SrTPX0K9J</a></p>— Scott Lacefield (@ScottLacefield) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottLacefield/status/566718017745076225">February 14, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Game 4 Details:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No. 5 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TexasTech?src=hash">#TexasTech</a> vs San Francisco - Game 4 lineups <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WreckEm?src=hash">#WreckEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/uzASDqRouN">pic.twitter.com/uzASDqRouN</a></p>— Scott Lacefield (@ScottLacefield) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottLacefield/status/567009320278044672">February 15, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Three Keys to the Game:
1. Scouting the Dons - Here's my short review of San Francisco from December:
Texas Tech opens the 2015 season with a 4 game Home weekend series against the San Francisco Dons. The Dons play in the West Coast Conference and finished 8th in their conference out of 10, going 11-16 in their conference and 25-29 overall. They had two players make the WCC All-First Team in OF's Derek Atkinson (Sr.) and Bradley Zimmer (Sr.) last year. Their ace is LHP Christian Cecilio. They scored the 5th most runs in their conference and finished 8th in ERA and 1st in Fielding percentage. This game is not only significant because it's the season opener, but there will likely be some sort of College World Series Presentation.
Tech should be able to win these four games, while figuring out who would be the best at certain positions. Should be a good learning weekend for the Red Raiders.
2. Stats. There are no stats right now. The season just started. You all have as many Home Runs as Gutierrez and the same amount of wins as Dusek. Congratulations!
3. Opening Weekend - The game of the season is this year. That's mean new intros, new players and possibly some sort of College World Series presentation. I haven't heard of them planning a presentation, but it wouldn't surprise me if they have some sort of pregame show regarding the College World Series appearance. I'm likely going to show up early to see if there is one. Some of y'all may consider doing the same as well. Hopefully they have something cool to celebrate the accomplishment.
Also, in agreement with Learfield Sports and TuneIn, you can also listen to Red Raider Baseball games all season long! How great is that. You don't need a account to listen to the game, and you can sit back and listen to the game live through the radio station. This is great is you don't live in Lubbock but still want to keep up with the team and listen to their games.
Texas Tech discusses facing San Francisco:
Texas Tech discusses the starting rotation:
Burleson's Move to Catcher: