The Red Raiders did not disappoint this week as they completed a sweep of both San Diego State and Wichita State. The week was filled exciting plays, home runs, stolen bases, you name it. Here goes.
San Diego State
On Tuesday night, the Red Raiders traveled to sunny California to face San Diego State at home. The trip to San Diego was the first true road games of the year for Tech after an eight-game home stand. This was also Tech’s first trip to the state of California since splitting a two-game series at No. 9 California in 2016.
In game one of the series, every Red Raider in the lineup reached base safely in the contest, while eight of nine recorded hits. On the other side of the ball, pitcher Bryce Bonnin delivered 4.0 innings in his third start for the Red Raiders. He gave up the only run of the evening for San Diego State along with three hits and six walks while also striking out four. Freshman Micah Dallas tossed two innings of scoreless relief and picked up his first collegiate win striking out five of the seven batters he faced, and only allowing one walk. Dane Haveman, Taylor Floyd, and Clayton Beeter each pitched an inning following Dallas, and finished the game with no more runs from San Diego State. The Red Raiders struck out a season-high 14 batters in the win over the Aztecs on Tuesday.
On Wednesday night, the Red Raiders completed the sweep of Sand Diego, but things were not looking great there for a second. The Red Raiders used a total of 10 pitchers. Freshman Trey Garlett was the starter, the first of his career, and Freshman Hunter Dobbins finished the game earning the win. San Diego State also pulled all the stops to try to defeat Texas Tech. They used a total of eight pitchers. Through four innings, Texas Tech trailed 5-0, but for the fifth time this season, they rallied from three or more runs down for a win, partially thanks to a two-out grand slam from senior Cameron Warren in the top of the ninth which earned him this week’s Big 12 Player of the Week. In fact, Texas Tech did not score until the top of the fifth thanks to runs from Neuse, O’Tremba, and Cam Warren. Entering the eighth, Texas Tech was still down 5-4, but a four-spot finally put the Red Raiders in the lead. Then of course, San Diego State responded with four runs of their own. Finally, Warren’s grand slam helped solidify the win.
Junior Brian Klein led the Red Raiders at the plate. He reached base safely seven times against the Aztecs, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run on Tuesday and 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on Wednesday. Sophomore outfielder Dylan Neuse hit .571 in San Diego. His two hits were a solo home run and a two-run double as he finished with three RBI for the day while adding two stolen bases and four runs scored. Junior Josh Jung added a 2-for-4 game with an RBI and run on Tuesday, while sophomore Cody Masters went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run.
The weekend brought Wichita State to Lubbock for a three-game series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. This was WSU’s first trip to Lubbock in more than 20 years. Wichita State entered with a 5-6 record on the year. That record declined to 5-9 after the Red Raiders completed yet another three-game sweep. Over the weekend, Texas Tech put up 42 runs after winning Friday night 12-2, Saturday 15-10 and Sunday 15-4. It was the highest scoring weekend of the season so far, and hopefully that streak will continue. With Saturday and Sunday’s score, Texas Tech as now put up 15-plus runs in three games this season.
On Friday, Junior left-hander pitcher Dane Haveman (1-0) earned the first win of his Red Raider career as he delivered 1.2 innings of work, highlighted by three-consecutive strikeouts in the sixth after allowing a leadoff triple. Warren went 1-for-2 with the dinger and matched his career high with three walks. The home run was the 14th of his career. Klein led the Red Raiders at the plate. For the fourth time this season, he had a three-plus hits game, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs.
Saturday was all about the home runs. Freshman catcher Cole Stilwell and sophomore designated hitter Cody Masters, and freshman shortstop Dru Baker had the first home run of their respective careers. Senior Cameron Warren also homered for the third straight game and fifth this season.
Senior Cameron Warren continued his hot streak on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. This week alone, Warren recorded eight runs, three home runs, 13 RBIs, a .500 batting average, and recorded a hit in all five games. Klein, along with sophomore third baseman Parker Kelly and sophomore center fielder Dylan Neuse, all tallied multi-hit games. After this weekend’s performance, Neuse earned Newcomer of the Week thanks to his .450 batting average. In the last five games, he hit two homeruns, two triples and two doubles, leading the league with 21 total bases.
The Red Raiders will now host New Mexico on Tuesday for a midweek game that was originally scheduled for April 24. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders and Lobos were originally scheduled for a two-game midweek series on April 23-24 in Lubbock. The game scheduled for April 23 remains unchanged and will start at 6:30 p.m. Then this weekend, Tech will open Big 12 play against the longhorns on Mar. 15-17.