Red Raiders Close Road Swing Tuesday at Duke
The No. 11 Texas Tech baseball team closes out its road swing with a familiar foe on Tuesday when it travels to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke at 5 p.m. CT at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 11 Texas Tech baseball team closes out its road swing with a familiar foe on Tuesday when it travels to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke at 5 p.m. CT at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Fans can watch the game on ACC Network Extra, also available on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Fans can also listen to the action on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 mobile app, TuneIn app and TexasTech.TV.
The midweek contest will feature a rematch of the 2018 Lubbock Super Regional that saw the Red Raiders win two of three games to advance to the program's third College World Series in the last five years.
The Red Raiders (23-11, 6-6 Big 12) will meet the Blue Devils (20-16, 8-10 ACC) for the fourth time in the all-time series on Tuesday. Tech enters the matchup with a 14-10 all-time record against teams from the ACC.
Duke is Tech's sixth nonconference opponent from another Power Five league this season. Tech has already met Mississippi State and Kentucky of the SEC, Nebraska and Michigan of the Big Ten and Oregon out of the Pac-12. The Red Raiders have compiled an 8-3 record against the collective group.
During the postseason meeting last season, Gabe Holt led the charge offensively, going 7-for-12 at the plate with a home run. He also recorded a team-high four RBI and five runs scored. No hit was larger than in game one, when he singled through the right side to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth to cap a three-run comeback win.
The trip to Durham closes Tech's toughest road stretch of the season. It contains 10-of-13 games away from home across five different cities outside of Lubbock. Durham will be the final destination on the tour before Tech returns to Lubbock for 15 of its last 18 at home. The Red Raiders have gone 7-5 during the stretch entering Tuesday.
The Red Raiders are coming off a tough road series at West Virginia in which they were shut out by the National Pitcher of the Week on Friday and suffered a walk-off loss on Saturday. Tech rebounded behind a complete-game, two-hit shutout by junior right-hander Caleb Kilian for a 3-0 win in the finale.
Duke is one of the hottest teams in the ACC as they have won six of their last seven. The Blue Devils won their weekend series over Virginia Tech with a 9-5 win in the rubber match on Sunday.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will hand the ball over to sophomore Bryce Bonnin on Tuesday. The right-hander will make his sixth start of the season and look to build on his 3-0 record. Bonnin's last start came in a midweek tilt at New Mexico, where he went five innings in the win.
Duke will go withjunior left-hander Adam Laskey, who enters with a 12.60 ERA in four appearances and one start. He has walked seven and struck out six in five innings of work this season. The Blue Devil pitching staff has 377 strikeouts this season, averaging 10.4 per nine innings. The clip ranks seventh in the nation and leads the ACC.
Texas Tech is ranked as high as No. 16 this week by three different polls. After beginning the season as high as No. 3 in the preseason rankings, this is Tech's first week outside the top 15 this season. Tech is No. 15 in the RPI and 16th in strength of schedule.