LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team will embark on its first road trip of the season as it makes its first appearance at the third annual Frisco College Classic this weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.
This weekend's games will be shown on FloLive.TV, with a paid subscription, and can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network through www.TexasTech.com. Friday and Sunday's games will air on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app and the TuneIn app, while Saturday's matchup can be heard on 100.7 FM through the conclusion of the Texas Tech men's basketball game in Fort Worth. Live stats are available through www.FriscoClassic.com and on the Frisco Classic mobile app.
The Red Raiders (6-1) will take on old Big 12 foe Nebraska on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the second game of the event. Tech will be the second game again on Saturday when it faces No. 9 Mississippi State at 4 p.m., and then closes the weekend against Sam Houston State on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tech will embark on its first road trip of the season after a strong 6-1 record in the month of February. Tech opened the 2019 campaign by taking the final two games of an abbreviated three-game series against Oregon, before going on to post a three-game sweep of Kentucky last weekend that was capped by a 19-4 route. Tech wrapped up a seven-game home stand to start the season with a 7-0 shutout of New Mexico State, which entered the midweek as the nation's top offensive attack.
Texas Tech and Nebraska (3-5) will renew their Big 12 rivalry on Friday evening in Frisco, meeting for the 53rd time in the two programs' histories. It will be the sixth time to meet on a neutral field and the first matchup between the two squads since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The Red Raiders took 2-of-3 from the Cornhuskers the last time the two teams met in 2011, including a 3-0 Tech victory in the rubber match.
Texas Tech saw both Mississippi State and Sam Houston State in the 2017 season. Tech split a two-game series with the Bulldogs and holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders are 6-6 all-time against the Bearkats with SHSU taking the final two games of the 2017 Lubbock Regional.
Freshman right fielder Tanner O'Tremba has already begun racking up accolades through two weeks of collegiate play. He was named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week on Monday following a weekend in which he compiled a .455 average with eight RBI, seven of which came in the series finale to set the bar for the rest of the Big 12. O'Tremba hit a three-run bomb in Sunday's victory over Kentucky that broke a 2-2 tie and fueled the Red Raiders to the series sweep.
After a tough start to the season, Texas Tech's starting pitchers regained their form in the last four games with three impressive outings against Kentucky and one more in the midweek against what was the nation's top offense. Junior Erikson Lanning (5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 R, 4 H, 4 K), junior Caleb Kilian (4.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 4 K, 1 BB), freshman Mason Montgomery (5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB) and sophomore Bryce Bonnin (6.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 K, 2 BB) combined to give Tech 20.1 innings over those four starts with a 2.24 ERA.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will hand the ball over to Lanning for the start on the mound on Friday against Nebraska, while the Huskers will counter with senior right-hander Matt Waldron, who is 1-0 on the year with a 3.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts to one walk.
After the weekend in Frisco, Texas Tech will head to the West Coast for a pair of midweek games at San Diego State March 5-6. The Red Raiders and Aztecs (5-3) will play Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT and again Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.