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Red Raiders head to Florida for rematch with a familiar adversary

After a midweek sweep of Southern, Tech heads to Tallahassee for a three-game weekend.

Freshman third baseman Jace Jung (2) and Sophomore catcher Cole Stilwell (18)
Photo courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics

The Red Raiders are booming right now. Currently 8-1 and ranked number 2 in the country, Tech gets their first road test of the season against Florida Atlantic and 2019 CWS opponent Florida State.

FAU junior outfielder/pitcher Mitchell Hartigan (24)
Photo courtesy of Florida Atlantic Athletics

The three game road trip to Tallahassee starts off with the Red Raiders facing off against a 7-0 Owls squad on Friday afternoon. Florida Atlantic has started their campaign off with a bang with sweeps against Delaware and Binghamton, and a victory against Florida Gulf Coast. The Red Raiders should look out for two-way threat junior Mitchell Hartigan. The junior has started off 2020 solid with a .478 batting average, 8 RBI’s and just one home run. On the mound, the Owls have tons of depth they could use throughout the game but Tech shouldn’t have a problem taking their pitchers yard. Here, the Red Raider’s hot streak continues as they secure a strong win.

Game Prediction: 11-5 Tech

Freshman infielder Tyler Martin (16)

After a Friday afternoon match up with Florida Atlantic, the Red Raiders take on 2019 CWS opponent Florida State. A team that lost to the Red Raiders 4-1 in the eliminator game and led to the retirement of long-time head coach legendary Mike Martin. Coming into the two-game series, the Seminoles currently stand at 6-1 with their lone loss against Niagara on Opening Day. Freshman Tyler Martin is the current threat at the plate standing at an average of .412 and 6 RBI’s so far on the year. On the mound for the Seminoles, they haven’t let up a lot of runs this season, but that will change once Tech comes to town this weekend. The bats have stayed hot for the Red Raiders and don’t show a single sign of slowing down. However, Florida State is a very good squad and don’t seem to be missing a single step from their run last season despite the loss of Martin.

Series Prediction: 1-1 Tie

Game Times are as follows:

Friday, February 28: vs. Florida Atlantic, 1:00 pm, Radio: TTSN

Saturday, February 29: at Florida State, 5:00 pm, TV: ACCN Extra, Radio: TTSN

Sunday, March 1: at Florida State, 12:00 pm, TV: ACCN Extra, Radio: TTSN