Texas Tech baseball opened their season this past weekend against Houston Baptist and Northern Colorado in two quick two-game series. The Red Raiders had a monster weekend that included them outscoring their opponents 65-11 in four games, giving Tech plenty of momentum going into their next three games.
First, let’s talk about the Houston Baptist series. On Valentine’s Day, the Red Raiders secured a 5-1 win against the Huskies and the game went scoreless until the fifth inning, when Tech scored all five of their runs in the frame. Clayton Beeter started off the game, pitching six innings in which he only allowed two hits and one run against six strikeouts, securing the win. Micah Dallas also saw some time on the mound as he pitched in relief of Beeter, earning the save as he threw for the final three innings, not allowing a single run, with five strikeouts. Hitting-wise, the senior Brian Klein started where he left off at the end of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. While the freshman Jace Jung followed suit hitting 2-for-3 with an RBI. In the field, Braxton Fulford had himself quite the day as he forced 10 putouts and one assist.
In game two, the Vanderbilt transfer pitcher Austin Becker made his debut in the scarlet and black, securing the win in a 24-3 win in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Becker pitched just four innings against the Huskies in which he threw four strikeouts and an ERA of 2.25, while allowing three hits, one run and one error. The sophomore Dru Baker also helped keep the bats hot as he had a 3-for-6 day, scoring two runs. Freshman Nate Rombach had a monster day against the Huskies, knocking three home runs and seven RBI’s to finish the game with a .429 average. Rombach also led the charge in the field, garnering seven putouts.
Series Final: 2-0 Texas Tech
The first game of the Northern Colorado series went a lot like the final game of the Houston Baptist series. In the second game of a Saturday doubleheader, we got our first glance of the season of Bryce Bonnin, who tossed eight strikeouts, allowing one hit, one run and having just one error, gaining a 2.25 ERA to start 2020. Shortstop Cal Conley led the charge at the plate, going 5-for-6, scoring three and notching 3 RBI’s. Outfielder Dylan Neuse also went a perfect 5-for-5, scoring four runs with 4 RBI’s. Braxton Fulford also had himself a day in the field, forcing 26 putouts and getting himself one assist.
In game two on Sunday against Northern Colorado, the Red Raiders kept their foot on the gas, earning their second run-rule win of the weekend. The sophomore lefty Mason Montgomery started the game, pitching four innings, allowing two hits, two runs, one home run and had two errors. While striking out five to earn an ERA of 4.50, but still gaining the win to close out the weekend. At the plate, TJ Rumfield went 2-for-5, scoring two runs and Jace Jung hit 2-for-4, scoring two and had three RBI’s. Rombach again led the charge in the field, securing nine putouts.
Series Final: 2-0 Texas Tech
This weekend, the Red Raiders travel to Round Rock for the Round Rock Classic against Tennessee, Stanford and Houston.