LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team returns to action for the final game of its home stand when it takes on New Mexico State on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tuesday's contest will be shown on TexasTech.TV, which is available for a paid subscription online or through Apple TV and Roku devices. Fans can also hear the action on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the TuneIn app and the 97.3 app.
The Red Raiders (5-1) welcome the Aggies (7-1) after putting together a three-game sweep of SEC foe Kentucky (3-3) during the weekend. Tech recorded a six-run inning in all three contests, rallying from three down in the first two games for wins of 7-4 and 10-7, before exploding for 19 runs on 19 hits in a 19-4 triumph in the finale.
Tech racked up 36 runs on 40 hits against the Wildcats over the weekend. Seven Red Raiders recorded multi-hit games, totaling 12 for the weekend, with five doing so twice during the three-game set. Junior Brian Klein, sophomores Braxton Fulford and Dylan Neuse and freshmen Tanner O'Tremba and Dru Baker all recorded two multi-hit games against Kentucky.
O'Tremba stood out in his second collegiate series. The right fielder was named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the week after hitting .455 with eight RBI over the weekend, including a 3-for-5, seven-RBI performance in the series finale. With the score knotted at 2-2 in the third inning Sunday, he turned on a 2-0 pitch for a three-run bomb that propelled the Red Raiders to 10 unanswered runs and a 19-4 win for the series sweep.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will turn the ball over to sophomore right-hander Bryce Bonnin for the start on the mound Tuesday. Bonnin, a transfer from Arkansas, was Tech's Saturday starter in the opening week of the season against Oregon. The Aggies will counter with junior right-hander Aldo Fernandez, who transferred to NM State from Cochise Community College after his sophomore season. Fernandez has appeared in two games for the Aggies and has allowed only one hit through 3.1 frames this season.
The Aggies will be making their first trip away from home this season, and head to Lubbock with an explosive offensive attack. The Aggies have scored 19-plus runs in four of their eight contests, putting up a whopping 38 runs in a game against Texas Southern on opening weekend which marks the most in Division I this season.
Texas Tech entered 2019 with its second-highest collection of preseason rankings in school history behind the 2018 squad. The Red Raiders dropped three spots to No. 6 in the NCBWA poll last week, but held steady in each poll after their sweep of Kentucky. Tech holds its highest ranking of No. 3 by D1 Baseball, while remaining at No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 5 by Perfect Game and No. 8 by Baseball America.
After Tuesday's game with the Aggies, the Red Raiders will hit the road for the first time this year to take part in the Frisco Collegiate Classic Friday-Sunday with games against Nebraska, Mississippi State and Sam Houston State, followed by a trip to San Diego for two games against San Diego State March 5-6.