LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 13 Texas Tech baseball team returns home for a five-game weekend at Rip Griffin Park as it hosts No. 22 Michigan for three games starting Thursday before two games with Stetson on Sunday and Monday.
The Red Raiders (12-5, 1-2 Big 12) and Wolverines (14-4, 0-0 Big Ten) will link up at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday before a 2 p.m. meeting on Saturday. Michigan and Stetson (8-11, 0-0 ASUN) will meet Saturday night, and then Tech will take on Stetson at 2 p.m. on Sunday and 1 p.m. on Monday.
Saturday's matchup between Texas Tech and Michigan can be seen on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, while the remaining four games featuring the Red Raiders will be available on TexasTech.TV. Saturday's Michigan-Stetson game will not be streamed. Fans can also hear the action on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the TuneIn app, the 97.3 app and on TexasTech.TV.
The series with Michigan has been named the 10th-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Series. The set is named after former Red Raider student-athlete and assistant coach Brooks Wallace, who died at the age of 27 on March 24, 1985, after a bout with leukemia. Wallace played at Tech from 1997-80 while earning All-SWC honors and All-District VI recognition. He was twice selected in the MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers (21st Round) in 1980 and also by the New York Mets following his junior season at Tech in 1979. He served as a graduate assistant coach under Kal Segrist in 1983 and as an assistant coach under Gary Ashby in 1984-85. He is one of four Red Raiders to have their jersey number retired (#22).
Texas Tech will be hosting Turn Back the Clock Night on Thursday as the team debuts its throwback uniforms for the first time this season. The game-worn hats will be auctioned online throughout the weekend with proceeds benefitting the Texas Tech Baseball Diamond Club. Friday night against the Wolverines has been designated as a Black Out.
Thursday's game between Texas Tech and Michigan will mark the fifth matchup all-time between the two programs. Tech holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with all four wins coming from 2010-11. Tech and Stetson, meanwhile, will be making history on Sunday as they'll be meeting on the diamond for the first time in the two programs' histories.
Tech opened Big 12 play on the road last week at No. 10 Texas. Despite outhitting the Longhorns 22-10 and putting up 16-consecutive scoreless innings, Tech dropped 2-of-3 games in Austin.
Junior right-hander Caleb Kilian is the latest Red Raider to earn a Big 12 weekly honor as he garnered Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his performance on Saturday in Austin. Kilian earned his first win of the season as he tossed a career-long seven scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and three total base runners.
Michigan is 14-4 on the year following a four-game sweep of Manhattan and a midweek win over Western Michigan. The Wolverines have already squared off with one other Big 12 team, falling to Oklahoma State 3-2 in 10 innings. Last season, Michigan went 33-21 with a third-place finish in the Big Ten at 15-8. The Wolverines enter the week with the Big Ten's best ERA at 2.42, which ranks eighth among Division I schools.
Stetson is 8-11 on the year after dropping two of three to Yale last weekend. Their midweek tilt at Bethune-Cookman was moved to Wednesday after rain hit Daytona Beach, Florida on Tuesday. Stetson takes on Michigan in Lubbock on Saturday before facing the Red Raiders on Sunday and Monday. Last season, the Hatters went 48-13, won the ASUN title, hosted an NCAA Regional and advanced to take on North Carolina in the NCAA Super Regionals. Stetson ranks 29th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings; freshman Daniel Paret ranks 11th nationally with 14.27.
This weekend's slate of five games in five days provides a rare schedule of consecutive gamedays not often seen in Division I baseball. In fact, the Red Raiders have not played five games over five consecutive days since 2000, when they played six games in five days. It started with a three-game series at Texas A&M from March 10-12, followed by three games at UT-Pan American March 13-14. Texas Tech went 1-5 during the six-game stretch with the lone win on Mar. 10 over A&M by a score of 8-5.
Following the five-game home stand, Texas Tech will resume Big 12 play next weekend with a three-game set at Kansas State. The series begins Friday, March 29, with a 6 p.m. first pitch from Tointon Stadium.