After having more than a week off to focus on finals and graduation, the Red Raiders are back in action tonight as they take on a surprisingly good Kansas team. Coming into the season Kansas was not expected to do so well but currently they sit in a position where a series win in Lubbock or a great showing in the conference tournament might land them in the postseason tournament. They currently are 59th in RPI and are 9-12 against teams in the top 25. For Tech, if they sweep Kansas they will grab a share of the conference title with TCU. Even though Tech took two of three from the Frogs, the Big 12 does not do tie breakers for regular season conference titles in baseball.
2017 Kansas Baseball
This season it seems like the Jayhawks were a tale of two teams. They started off the season losing to TCU, but bounced back with a win over Texas. Right after that they were walloped in the first two games in Morgantown by a combined score of 18-1. Then on the series finale they won 7-2. That win seemed to springboard the team with consecutive series wins over both schools in Oklahoma before losing to Baylor. Now the team is coming off a series win over in-state rival Kansas State. They’ve beaten some good teams in conference play but also have lost games that they really shouldn’t have.
At the plate the Jayhawks are led by a pair of junior infielders. Owen Taylor leads the team with a .325 average and Matt McLaughlin leads the team in RBI’s with 35. Reliever Blake Weiman is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 28 appearances. Blake and Stephen Villines both have an almost 10:1 strikeout to walk ratio which is great to see in your relievers.
Game 1 - Thursday 6:30pm TV: FSSW
Steven Gingery (8-1, 1.57 ERA) vs Jackson Goddard (5-3, 4.09 ERA)
Game 2 - Friday 6:30pm TV: Fox College Sports
Ryan Shetter (3-0, 3.70 ERA) vs Taylor Turski (3-4, 3.57 ERA)
Game 3 - Saturday 2:00pm TV: FSSW+
Erikson Lanning (3-1, 2.95 ERA) vs Sean Rackoski (5-4, 3.54 ERA)
Baseball News and Notes
Earlier this week it was reported that Davis Martin threw a 45-pitch session and felt good enough afterwards that he is scheduled to start the first game of the conference tournament next week assuming he is still feeling okay. When it was announced that this would happen, the goofiness of college baseball players took hold.
UPDATE: @TTU_Baseball RHP Davis Martin will throw a 45-pitch live session today. If all goes as expected, would start next Wednesday in OKC.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) May 16, 2017
Yo @hunter_hargrove hit a nuke off him https://t.co/ewW5woDDih— Ty Harpenau (@Ty_Harp) May 16, 2017
As goofy as the players are, in a letter to the editor of the Avalanche-Journal, it was reported that someone witnessed the great character of these young men during a flight from DFW to Lubbock. It was reported that the players were giving up seats in the waiting area to families and elderly couples. Kids approached the players, and the players were great with the young fans. The players were well dressed and respectful to each other and the flight crew. This is something that Red raider fans should be proud of, and a hearty congratulations to Coach Tadlock for guiding these players to becoming upstanding citizens in the community.