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April 17 Baseball Recap

Tech wins their first in conference series on the road against Kansas State.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida vs Texas Tech Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations reader! You’ve made it to the back half of the college baseball season. Only 17 games remain in Tech’s regular season. Conference games take on even more importance as the season winds down and taking advantage of a slipping Kansas State team was important for the Red Raiders.

In his first start of the season, Jacob Patterson took the hill for Thursday’s game for 4 innings. The junior pitched well, allowing only 2 earned runs as he struck out 5. Tech’s offensive output was lead by Cody Farhat’s 3 hit day and Michael Davis’ fifth long ball of the season. Tech would lose the first game 5-3.

Friday’s game would be a different story. Steven Gingery had a Jekyll and Hyde of a start on Friday. Though he only allowed 5 base runners in 6.2 innings, four of them would score. Before this start, Ginger hadn’t allowed a homer or a triple. Of his 4 hits allowed, 2 were homers and 1 was a triple. He did strike out 10 Wildcats and only walked 1.

This offense was lead by the 1-5 hitters in Saturday’s game. Grant Little, Josh Jung, Michael Davis, Hunter Hargrove, and Orlando Garcia each had at least 2 hits en route to a 7-4 win. Davis and Cody Farhat each launched a homer in Saturday’s win.

The rubber match was a wild offensive explosion. Ryan Shetter started the game but only lasted 2 innings after he threw 53 pitches and gave up 4 runs (2 earned) 2 walks and 3 hits. Caleb Kilian came out of the pen to pitch 3 shutout innings and keep Tech in the game. Dylan Dusek would come on in the 8th inning to work a multi-inning save.

Tech’s bats were out for blood in Saturday’s contest. Michael Davis, Orlando Garcia and Khoelton Sanchez each tallied 3 hits and a double. Josh Jung mashed a 2-run homer as a part of the 4-run third inning. Every Red Raider hitter had at least 1 RBI except for Michael Davis, who scored 2 runs but knocked in 0 in Tech’s 12-8 win over the Wildcats.

Texas Tech is second in the conference with a record of 8-4 in Big 12 play but leads the league in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, RBI, and home runs. Next weekend the Red Raiders will host Oklahoma State in Lubbock for a 3 game series.