LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 4 Texas Tech baseball team returns to action at No. 25 Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Horner Ballpark.
The midweek matchup will not have a video stream, but can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, TuneIn app and online at TexasTech.com. Live stats will also be available at sidearmstats.com/dbu/baseball/.
The Red Raiders (26-7) and the Patriots (19-10) renew a series that began in 2004, as the two teams played every year from 2004-2014. Tech leads the overall series, 16-9, with the Red Raiders holding a 5-2 advantage when playing in Dallas.
The last time the two squads met came in the 2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional, with Tech falling in the first meeting, 10-6, forcing a deciding game four winner-take-all elimination game. In the Regional finale, the Red Raiders picked up a 5-3 win after Orlando Garcia cranked a two-run double to break the tie in the sixth inning.
Tech enters the week after earning a series victory at Kansas over the weekend. The Red Raiders racked up 25 runs in the first two games of the series, claiming the set after wins of 15-6 & 10-0 on Friday & Saturday.
Two Red Raider freshmen had big days at the plate in those contests, as infielder Gabe Holtcame a triple shy of the cycle in game one, racking up six RBI, while outfielder Cody Mastershad his first four-hit performance as a collegian in the second game of the series.
DBU was also on the road, taking a series from Illinois State in Norman, Illinois, over the weekend. The two teams played in a pair of extra-inning affairs in the final two games of the set, with the Patriots taking Saturday's game, 17-11, in 10 innings, before falling on Sunday, 4-3, in 11 frames.
The Patriots have fared well at home this season with a 14-4 overall record, while Tech moved to 9-6 on the road after the series win at Kansas.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will send freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Sublette to pitch against the Patriots on Tuesday. The Lemont, Illinois, native tossed a season-high 3.2 innings against New Mexico State last week, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out one Aggie. He's tallied eight strikeouts this season over three starts & six appearances.
He'll face a Patriot lineup hitting .287 this year, with four starters above the team average. Senior Devlin Granberg leads the way with a .411 clip, starting in all 29 games in 2018. He tops the squad in RBI with 40, while junior outfielder Jameson Hannah paces the team in hits (49) and runs scored (39), while batting .392. This season, the Patriots have tagged opposing pitchers for a 6.99 ERA.
Dallas Baptist will run out redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Luke Eldred to start against the Red Raiders. Eldred is 3-1 this season in five starts, putting together a 2.38 ERA with 16 strikeouts and no walks to his name in 2018. The Patriots hold a team ERA of 4.30 entering the midweek showdown.
Tech comes into Dallas hitting .305 as a unit, with five starters above the team clip. Sophomore outfielder Grant Little continues to lead the charge, who is tied with Holt for the team-lead in hits at 48. Sophomore infielder Josh Jung trails the duo by one hit, while leading in RBI (39) and runs scored (34). The Red Raiders have run up their opponent's earned run average to 7.96 through 33 games in 2018.
For the ninth-straight week, Tech is ranked inside the top 10, slotted fourth in the USA Today Coaches, fifth by the NCBWA & Perfect Game and No. 6 by D1 Baseball & Baseball America.
After the midweek matchup, the Red Raiders return home to take on Kansas State on April 13-15 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.