1. Red Raider of the Game
Freshman pitcher Davis Martin went 6 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. He faced 21 batters to get 18 outs, a great performance by a freshman to open conference play on the road. 4 of his 6 innings, he retired the Baylor batters in order.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
In the top of the 4th inning, with the game still scoreless, Gardner came up to the plate with runners on the corners and no outs. In the 2nd, tanner had a sac bunt that advanced runners, but no runs were scored then. This time Gardner made sure to get the runner across the plate, with an RBI single. This would be the 1st run of 5, and tech was able to score on small ball this afternoon.
3. Stat of the Game
2-0. Baylor grounded into a double play twice, whereas Tech never did. Double plays are great at killing any kind of momentum the team at the plate may have, and great for the team on defense. Tech is now up to 20 DP's on the season, including 1 that ended the game in the bottom of the 9th inning.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
In the 2nd inning we had 2 men on with no outs. After Gardner moved the runners over on a sac bunt, we had 2 chances to get at least a run in, and failed to do so after a strikeout and groundout would end the threat. Although this play would not come back to hurt us, it has in the past, and you always want to take advantage of having runners in scoring position.
5. Big Reason Tech Won the Game
A stifling pitching attack, consistent hitting, and not making any mistakes lifted the Red Raiders to their 1st conference win in 2016. Tech only had to use 3 pitchers today, a good sign on the 1st game of a conference road series. Even though Baylor had 6 hits, they never had a runner past 2nd base.
Game 2 from Waco will be tomorrow at 3:05pm and will be aired on Fox College Sports.