This past weekend the Texas Tech Baseball team was participating in the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic against Texas State, Sam Houston State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Red Raiders left Houston with three wins and no losses on the weekend thus moving to a record of 8-3 on the year and add to their winning streak which is now up to eight straight games.
On Friday, Tech beat Texas State by a score of 8-4. Hayde Key picked up the win in three innings of relief, while starter Brandon Birdsell went four and two thirds innings giving up four hits and three runs throwing 72 pitches. Tech had a three run home run from Cody Masters in the bottom of the second, and two home runs from Braxton Fulford in the seventh and eighth inning. Tech had been down 4-3 prior to the bottom of the seventh, however tech scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth to secure the win.
Saturday afternoon, the Red Raiders dominated Sam Houston State by a score of 8-0. Tech and the Bearkats were in a close battle for most of the game with Tech leading 1-0 for a majority of the game until the seventh inning when Cal Conley blasted an upper deck grand slam to give the Red Raiders some breathing room. The story of the day however was Patrick Monteverde. Monteverde threw seven innings of scoreless three hit ball on 83 pitches. Patrick has dominated all of his starts this year and is well on his way to becoming the ace of this pitching staff.
Sunday morning, Tech outlasted a very solid start by A&M Corpus starter Hayden Thomas and Jace Jung was the hero, as he has been many times this year, driving in three runs on a double off of reliever JT Moeller, and Tech staved off a ninth inning comeback and survived 4-3. Thomas had Tech’s number from the beginning, and never really let the Red Raiders get any momentum until the seventh inning when Thomas was well into the 100’s with his pitch count. He ended up finishing with 119 pitches thrown. Opposite Thomas was Tech’s Mason Montgomery who had a very solid outing himself going six innings giving up three hits and one run. Tech was lucky to escape with this one, and winning games you don’t deserve to is the sign of a good team, which is a good sign early in the year.
3-0 is a good mark for the weekend and the pitching staff was sharp for the most part. Tech struggled a bit from the plate at times but still managed to score 20 runs in three games, which is a strong performance regardless.
Tech has a quick turnaround as they host Gonzaga this week on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field. The Zags come into Lubbock with a 6-5 record and on a two game win streak. Gonzaga has wins this year against Kansas State and New Mexico, as well as a series win over Portland, and a series split against Dallas Baptist, so this isn’t a typical mid week pushover series.
Brett Harris leads the Zags with a .375 batting average and a .554 on base percentage. Stephen Lund is also a key contributor hitting .323 with a .463 on base percentage.
Tech will send Micah Dallas (1-1 2.35 ERA) to the mound Tuesday night and Chase Hampton (1-0 5.40 ERA) to the bump on Wednesday afternoon.
Both games against Gonzaga are available on ESPN Plus and on the Texas Tech Sports Radio Network on 97.3 FM.
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