Texas Tech swept the mid-week two game series against Texas Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday, by scores of 14-2 and 15-0. Micah Dallas (1-1) got the win on Tuesday, going five innings and striking out eight while giving up only two hits, bouncing back after a rough outing against Ole Miss from opening weekend. Dylan Neuse and Jace Jung each had four RBIs, while Kurt Wilson also had a good day driving in two runs respectively.
On Wednesday, freshman Chase Hampton (1-0) picked up the win in a platoon style game on the bump for the Red Raiders that only lasted seven innings due to a run rule situation. Hampton threw three innings of hitless baseball and struck out four in his home debut, while four different pitchers put in an inning of work each. Tech only allowed three hits all game which is a season low for the squad. Cal Conley and Easton Murrell each had three RBIs and Conley homered, however Wednesday was the Jace Jung show at the Law as he homered twice and drove in five runs. This was Jung’s second multi-homerun game this season and with his performance this week has propelled himself into the lead in homers (5) and RBIs (15) in the Big 12.
The Red Raiders travel to Houston this weekend to play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The Red Raiders will take on Texas State on Friday, Sam Houston State on Saturday, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday. Look for the pitching rotation to mirror the rotation that was used against HBU, with Brandon Birdsell going Friday, Patrick Monteverde on Saturday, and Mason Montgomery in the finale Sunday morning.
Taking a look at who the Red Raiders will face in Houston, Texas State comes in with a record of 4-6, SHSU is 1-4, and A&M-Corpus Christi is 4-4. While right off the bat these records might not wow anyone, all three of these teams are solid contenders in their own conferences every year and they have started their 2021 campaigns against some stiff competition, so they aren’t pushovers.
Texas State’s top hitters are Justin Thompson and Will Hollis, as these two are the only players on the roster with double digit hit totals. Thompson is hitting .371 and Hollis is hitting .286. Tech will most likely face Zachary Leigh, who has a 4.50 ERA in eight innings pitched this season.
Sam Houston State’s lineup is bolstered by the likes of Jack Rogers and Gavin Johnson. Rogers is hitting .444 with four RBIs and Johnson swings for a .357 clip with two RBI’s, respectively. The Saturday starter for the Bearcats could likely be Matt Dillard, who got roughed up in his last outing and therefore has an ERA of 18.69, and has given up nine runs in just four and a third innings pitched this year.
Lastly, the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are led by Brendan Ryan and Leo Markotic. Ryan leads with a .375 average and Markotic is right behind him at .333 himself. Hayden Thomas looks to be headed to the bump for Corpus on Sunday, he has a 1.50 ERA striking out 17 batters in 12 innings.
This weekend’s games are being televised on AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, and you can listen to the Red Raiders on 97.3 FM or on the Tune-In app.
Game times are as follows:
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.
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