Today, the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders completed their 4-game road trip with a win over the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by a score of 3-1. This makes nine straight wins out of the gate for the Red Raiders, the best in team history. The Red Raiders have successfully completed their first road trip of the season without sustaining a loss and that is the best takeaway that we as fans can get from this game.
Ryan Shetter had another great day on the mound as after allowing a run in the first inning, he calmed down and was dominant as he struck out eight batters and only allowed 5 hits over 5 and a thirds innings. He threw 78 pitches and the pitching staff as a whole didn’t allow a walk the entire game. After Shetter, Jose Quezada came in and pitched the rest of the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. Quezada was also very dominant as he had 5 strikeouts over those two and two-thirds innings while only allowing one hit!
Caleb Freeman got the save as he pitched a seamless 9th inning striking out two and Micheal Davis getting the final ground out to end the game. Freeman is the first Red Raider to record his second save of the season as the Sophomore out of Abilene, Texas also recorded a save on Sunday against the UTSA Roadrunners. He has taken the early lead, in my opinion, to take a closer role for the Red Raiders. Another interesting tidbit from today’s game is that Zayne Willems made his first start as a Red Raider today. This is the third catcher that Coach Tadlock has used this season.
The offense was hard to come by for both teams as the entirety of the Red Raider’s run production came off of one hit by Michael Davis. Davis rocked a Home-Run to left-center field to bring in 3 runs. Davis also hit a single and finished 2-4 on the day. Josh Jung was also productive today as he had a double and a triple.
The Red Raiders will next face the South Alabama Jaguars in a four-game series this weekend in Lubbock. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:30. What do you think of the Red Raider’s hot start? Please leave us some thoughts in the comment section down below.