LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 9 Texas Tech baseball team hosts its final home game of the 2018 regular season on Tuesday, May 8, against Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tuesday night's game will be streamed on TexasTech.TV with a paid subscription and can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and at TexasTech.com. Live stats will also be available via sidearmstats.com/texastech/baseball/.
The Red Raiders (35-14) and the Patriots (31-15) meet for the second time this season, last squaring off in a one-run thriller in Dallas on April 10. Despite dropping a 6-5 decision in that matchup, Tech holds a 16-10 overall record against DBU, with a 9-7 advantage in games played in Lubbock. The last time the two teams met twice in the same year came in the 2016 NCAA Lubbock Regional, with the Patriots winning the first game, 10-6, and the Red Raiders claiming the elimination game by a score of 5-3.
Tech is coming off wins against San Diego and No. 18 Texas last week. The Red Raiders picked up an 11-6 victory over the Toreros to improve to 23-5 against non-conference opponents and 7-3 in midweek matchups. Trailing by one in the sixth, sophomore Grant Little launched a two-run homer to re-gain the lead, followed by four more runs in the seventh & eighth innings to open the week with a victory.
On Saturday, Tech posted a 16-5 victory over the Longhorns complete with a 6.1 inning performance from sophomore Caleb Kilian & runs in seven-straight innings from the second to eighth frames. Four Red Raiders produced multi-hit bids at the plate, with junior Cody Farhat putting together four knocks in the win.
The Red Raiders hold the No. 5 spot in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, staying in the top five since the start of the 2018 release of the poll. DBU comes into the midweek at No. 54 in the RPI rankings.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will send out sophomore right-handed pitcher John McMillon to start on Tuesday against the Patriots. This season, McMillon is 4-2 over 11 starts, striking out 60 over 50.0 innings pitched. It'll be the first start in a midweek contest this year for McMillon, who has recorded five or more strikeouts in seven of his 11 outings, with a career-high nine vs. Northeastern on March 24.
He'll face a Dallas Baptist lineup hitting .283 as a unit in 2018, with four starters above the team average. Senior Devlin Granberg leads the Patriots with a .425 batting average, while also pacing the squad in hits & RBI with 76 & 54, respectively. Junior Jameson Hannah tops the team in runs scored with 47 this season. As a whole, DBU has tagged opposing pitchers for a 6.22 team ERA, which is slightly down from when the two teams first met on April 10 (6.99).
The Patriots will run out junior left-handed pitcher Kody Funderburk to start against the Red Raiders on Tuesday. Funderburk is 1-2 this season in 11 appearances, 10 starts, on the mound. He has a 5.85 ERA over 40.0 innings pitched allowing 32 runs, 26 earned, on 43 hits, with 43 strikeouts and 20 walks. Opponents are hitting .279 off Funderburk and .251 as a whole when facing the DBU pitching staff, as the Patriots come to Lubbock with a 4.09 team ERA.
Tech's offense has simmered recently but is up from the last encounter with DBU from .305 to .312 heading into Tuesday night. Sophomore Josh Jung leads five Red Raiders hitting above the team clip, pacing the team in hits (77), RBI (65) and runs scored (57). Tech leads the conference in 13 offensive categories heading into Tuesday night's matchup with DBU.
For the 13th-straight week, Tech is ranked inside the top 10, sliding to ninth in Perfect Game & 10th by Baseball America, the NCBWA & in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
After the midweek game, Tech will take a break for finals then return to action on Thursday, May 17, at Oklahoma State in Stillwater.