No. 10 Red Raiders Close Home Stand with UTRGV
No. 10 Texas Tech baseball concludes a nine-game home stand with a two-game midweek series against UTRGV on Tuesday and Wednesday at Rip Griffin Park.
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 10 Texas Tech baseball concludes a nine-game home stand with a two-game midweek series against UTRGV on Tuesday and Wednesday at Rip Griffin Park.
The two clubs will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and again Wednesday at 2 p.m. Both contests can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and at TexasTech.com.
Texas Tech will hold its annual Bark in the Park event on Tuesday. An attendance waiver is available here (PDF) for those who bringing their furry friends to the ballpark. Texas Tech's clear bag policy is in effect. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Texas Tech Ticket Office, online at www.TexasTech.com, or at the gate.
The Red Raiders (29-13, 11-7) are 6-1 in their home stand with six straight wins, one shy of their longest winning streak of the season. Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park has provided Tech with a tough home field advantage as Tech is 21-4 at home.
Tech has seven sellouts on the season with two last weekend to help the Red Raiders earn a three-game sweep of No. 16 Oklahoma State. The pitching staff compiled a staggering 46 strikeouts and Tech outscored the Cowboys 27-8 for its second sweep of a top-25 team this season and third of OSU in the last four years.
UTRGV (28-14) is also coming off a three-game sweep and has won five of its last weekend series. The Vaqueros currently sit atop the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 14-4 mark in league play.
Friday will mark the 40th meeting between the two programs. Tech is 12-3 all-time against the Vaqueros in Lubbock, but trail the overall series 19-20. The two teams met last season in Edinburg, Texas, for the first time since 2009 with Tech taking a 3-1 win. Since 2002, Tech has won all six meetings.
The Red Raiders climbed in the rankings following consecutive series wins over top 25 teams. Tech re-enters the Top 10 in the NCBWA poll, the seventh week it has been in the top 10 of at least one poll this season. With the sweep of OSU, Tech has also surged into second place in the Big 12 standings with two weeks remaining.
Texas Tech is 8-2 in midweek games this season and 3-0 at home. The top scoring offense in the Big 12, Tech is averaging 7.9 runs per game this season and 8.5 during midweeks. The Red Raider lineup ranks in the top 20 nationally in several categories, including runs, batting, base on balls, and on base percentage.
Junior Josh Jung was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .583 with two home runs, two doubles, seven walks and eight RBI. Starting the last nine games at shortstop, Jung is hitting .365 for the month of April with five dingers and 22 RBI. He is the second to receive the honor this season, joining Cameron Warren. Six Red Raiders have now been honored by the league office on the year.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will put a pair of left-handers on the mound to face the Vaqueros. Freshman Mason Montgomery will get the call on Tuesday while junior Erikson Lanning will make the start on Wednesday. Both pitchers have been fixtures in the weekend rotation until recently. Montgomery is making his eighth start of the season, third in a midweek game, while Lanning makes his 10th start of the season and first in the midweek.
UTRGV will counter with a pair of right-handers in Chase Adams and Nick Hollas. Adams is 1-2 on the year with a 5.18 ERA while Hollas is 0-3 with a 7.46 ERA.
Following the midweek series, Texas Tech will continue Big 12 play with its final road trip of the year at Oklahoma. The three-game series begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. on FOX College Sports.