LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team continues its road trip with a two-game midweek series at San Diego State Tuesday-Wednesday at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
The Red Raiders (6-3) and Aztecs (5-4) are slated for an 8 p.m. CT first pitch on Tuesday and a 3 p.m. CT start on Wednesday. No video coverage will be provided, but the games can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network through www.TexasTech.com, 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app and the TuneIn app.
Tech remains on the road after getting in two-of-three games at the Frisco College Classic over the weekend. The Red Raiders dropped a pair of low scoring affairs to Nebraska and No. 9 Mississippi State amidst cold temperatures and drizzle at Dr Pepper Ballpark by scores of 2-1 and 4-2, respectively.
Tech received a solid outing from junior left-hander Erikson Lanning Friday night as he struck out a career-high seven batters over 5.0 innings of shutout ball with just two hits surrendered. The Red Raiders held a 1-0 advantage until the bottom of the seventh when Nebraska plated a pair of runs that sent them to the win.
The Red Raider lineup, which managed to stack up 36 runs in a three-game sweep of Kentucky the week prior, stayed cold against No. 9 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead with runs in the fourth and fifth, and Tech was unable to rally as it was held to a season-low three hits, the fewest for Tech in a game since March of 2017. The conditions also caused problems for the Red Raiders defensively with three errors against MSU.
Two Red Raiders were recognized on the Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team with sophomore Gabe Holt honored as an outfielder while junior third baseman Josh Jung took honors in the infield. Holt went 3-for-8 over the weekend and was a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases while drawing a walk and scoring. Jung had a multi-hit effort against the Huskers, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The Red Raiders and Aztecs will be facing off for the third year during head coach Tim Tadlock's tenure. Tuesday's game will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two programs with the Red Raiders holding a 13-2 lead in the overall series. Tadlock enters the week 5-1 against the Aztecs with Tech sweeping a three-game series at home in 2016 after taking 2-of-3 in San Diego in 2015.
San Diego State is coming off a 39-21 campaign in 2018 in which they won the Mountain West Conference Tournament and earned a bid to the NCAA Corvallis Regional. The Aztecs, who are 1-1 against Big 12 foes already this season, got in only 1-of-3 games last weekend in their conference opener against Air Force.
The trip to San Diego marks the first true road games of the year for Tech, which opened the season with an eight-game home stand before making its way to Frisco for the neutral-site event. This is Tech's first trip to the state of California since splitting a two-game series at No. 9 California in 2016.
Tadlock will hand the ball over to sophomore Bryce Bonnin on Tuesday. Bonnin delivered a career-best 6.0 innings of shutout ball, striking out three and yielding just four hits in Tech's win over New Mexico State last Tuesday.
San Diego State will counter with right-hander Aaron Eden, who boasts a 0.77 ERA in one start and 11.2 innings pitched. The freshman has struck out six while holding opponents to .167 hitting.
The Red Raiders slipped in the polls this week, but remain in the top 10 as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has Tech at No. 10. Tech is ranked No. 11 by Baseball America, NCBWA, and Perfect Game, No. 12 by the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 14 by D1 Baseball.
Following the midweek series, Texas Tech will return home this weekend for a three-game set against Wichita State. The Red Raiders and Shockers will open the series Friday on FOX Sports Southwest Plus at 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.