This past weekend, the Red Raiders journeyed to Round Rock to take on Tennessee, Stanford and Houston at the Round Rock Classic. Tech went into the round robin at 4-0 and listed no. 1 in the country by D1 Baseball but came out of Round Rock 6-1 on the year.
In game one against Tennessee on Friday night, the Red Raiders couldn’t get the bats going, watching pitch after pitch whiz by. Braxton Fulford led the Red Raiders going 2-for-4 on the day with just one run. The game started rough on the mound for redshirt freshman Clayton Beeter, pitching just four innings, striking out eight batters with an ERA of 4. Relievers John McMillon and Kurt Wilson also saw some time on the mound in hopes of retiring batters one-by-one to get Tech’s batters back to the plate to pull in front but this wasn’t the case. Both pitched for two innings, letting up one run each; McMillon striking out three and Wilson striking out one.
On day two, Tech took on Stanford and after Stanford leading 2-1 after the first inning, the Red Raiders finally got hot at the dish. In the seventh inning, Tech scored three runs in a charge started by sophomore catcher Cole Stilwell, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and scored two runs. On the mound, junior Bryce Bonnin started the game, pitching for five innings, striking out nine batters and finishing with an ERA of 2. Sophomore Micah Dallas also saw the last four innings of the game, earning the save with six strikeouts.
On the final day, Tech took on Houston in a Sunday afternoon match up. After going into the second half of the game tied up 1-1, the Red Raiders found themselves in the tenth inning with the Cougars. Longing for a hit to send Tech home with a 2-1 record on the weekend, senior Brian Klein knocked a base hit to the gap to bring Dru Baker home from second to score the winning run. Vanderbilt transfer Austin Becker pitched the first four innings of the game, striking out two, with an ERA of two. Freshman Andrew Devine also saw the mound in the tenth inning, securing his first win striking out two to bring the Red Raiders back to the plate.
Currently standing at 6-1, the Red Raiders will next take on Southern University at home on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.