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Baseball Preview: Texas Tech hosts Oral Roberts

The Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts head to West Texas to take on the Red Raiders in a 2-game midweek series starting today.

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Oral Roberts comes to Lubbock for a 2-game midweek series starting today. They are 9-8 on the season, but have won 3 of their last 4 games including a 5-1 at Oklahoma last week.

Texas Tech: 14-5 (winners of 2 in row)
New Mexico State: 9-8 (won their last game vs. North Dakota State)

Game Times:
Game #1: Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30pm / Dan Law Field / Lubbock, TX
Game #2: Wednesday, March 18 at 2pm / Dan Law Field / Lubbock, TX

Pitching Matchups:
Game #1: Tyler Dameron; 2-0, 2.66 ERA (TTU) vs. Tyler Buss; 0-0, 7.94 ERA (ORU)
Game #2: Johnathon Tripp; 1-0, 2.70 ERA (TTU) vs. Bryce Howe; 2-1, 0.00 ERA (ORU)

The Red Raiders:
Behind clutch hitting and good pitching, the Red Raiders won 2 out of 3 games from the San Diego State Aztecs over the weekend. In game 2 of the series, the Red Raiders posted their 4th shutout of the year, winning 11-0. The Red Raiders are batting .293 this season with a team ERA of 3.20. At home, those two stats improve to .321 and 3.05 respectively. Corey Taylor continues to impress on the mound for the Red Raiders. He has pitched 19.2 innings this season and has yet to give up an earned run. He leads the Big 12 in ERA (0.00) and opponent batting average (.115).

The Enemy:
Oral Roberts comes in with a 9-8 record on the season. They have played pretty well over the course of the season with the exception of being swept at home by Dallas Baptist in a 4-game series, which accounts for half of their losses this season. They have only played 4 games on the road this season, going 2-2 in those games. The Golden Eagles have a team batting average of .278 and team ERA of 3.46. They are led by Anthony Sequeira, their clean up hitter, who leads them in most offensive categories including batting average (.344), slugging percentage (.492), on-base percentage (.417) and RBIs (13).

Big 12 Standings:
TCU: 14-2 (3-0)
Texas: 13-7 (2-1)
West Virginia: 8-8 (1-2)
Texas Tech: 14-5
Oklahoma State: 13-6
Oklahoma: 15-8
Kansas State: 10-9
Kansas: 8-12
Baylor: 6-12 (0-3)

*Parentheses represent Big 12 Conference record