Preview: No. 4 Tech returns home to host K-State

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No. 4 TEXAS TECH vs. Kansas State
April 8-10, 2022

Texas Tech Game Notes (PDF) | Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

STARTERS
Texas Tech hosts K-State this weekend for the first time since 2018. It will be the 79th all-time meeting between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1993 when Tech picked up a victory in the only game before the formation of the Big 12.

This weekend, John Harris and Mike Gustafson will be calling the game from inside Rip Griffin Park as coverage will be provided via Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The show can be accessed from any desktop or laptop computer, any personal cellular device, and TV streaming services using the ESPN app. Signing up for the Subscription Service can be found at ESPNPlus.com.

Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game to 46 affiliates statewide in Texas and New Mexico, with Geoff Haxton having the call alongside analyst Jamie Lent.

TEXAS TECH AT THE NATIONAL RANKING

  • D1Baseball: #4
  • Baseball America: 5
  • NCBWA: No. 4
  • College Baseball: No. 5
  • United States Coaches: No. 4
  • Perfect Game: No. 3

PROJECTED LAUNCH MATCHUPS

  • Friday, April 8: RHP Andrew Morris (3.72 ERA, 3-0) vs. RHP Griffin Hassall (4.70 ERA, 3-4)
  • Saturday, April 9: RHP Brandon Birdsell (2.31 ERA, 4-1) vs. TBA
  • Sunday April 10: TBA vs. TBA


SECOND SERIES BIG 12 HOME NEXT
The Red Raiders are 4-2 in Big 12 play after their first two conference series on the books. The first was a 2-1 series win at home to the then No.1. 2 Texas, followed by a 2-1 road series win at Kansas last weekend. Texas Tech is currently one of four teams with a conference record above .500. Texas Tech was voted third in the Big 12 2022 baseball preseason poll. season. The last time Tech wasn’t picked No. 1 preseason, they were seeded third in 2017, the Red Raiders won the Big 12 regular season title and hosted a region as a lead. No. 5 national series in 2017. Texas took first place in 2022, its first time atop the preseason league poll since 2010.

GOOD TO BE HOME
Texas Tech will host their homecoming on Friday, having not played in front of home fans since March 30. It’s a distinct advantage on the pitch, ranking in the top 20 in the nation for average attendance, including three sold-out 4,432 this season. The Red Raiders’ home advantage has pushed Tech to a 15-1 record at home this season, and a blistering 231-60 mark since 2013 when the Tim Tadlock era began.

JACE JUNG WINS BOBBY BRAGAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Jung was named the hitter of the week for Week 6 on April 7 by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. In two games against Stephen F. Austin and three against Kansas, he hit .600, .680 on-base percentage and 1.300 hitting percentage. Jung, who was a finalist for the award last year, topped the Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list with 12 hits, 12 RBIs, 12 runs scored and eight extra hits (five doubles and three HRs) . Against the SFA on March 29, Jung went 5-for-6 with three doubles and a homer while scoring five runs and driving five.


 

Kurt Wilson

SCOUTING – KANSAS STATE

  • Kansas State is 15-13. The Wildcats are 4-10 out of Manhattan, including an 0-3 mark in the same State Farm Collegiate Showdown with which Texas Tech opened the season.
  • Tech will be the third straight ranked conference opponent K-State will play to open the Big 12 game after seeing off both No. 19 TCU and No. 6 Oklahoma State this season.
  • The Wildcats enter the weekend having won back-to-back games, beating Creighton 7-5 on Tuesday night after defeating No. 6 Oklahoma State on Sunday 7-2.
  • Under fourth-year head coach Pete Hughes, it was the 14th win against a ranked team and the first of 2022 (1-6). He has three career ranked wins on the road, at Texas twice in 2019 and at Baylor in 2019.
  • Last time out, Kansas State’s pitching staff put out 18 batters. The 18 strikeouts were one shy of his program record of 19 set in 1976 against Wayne State.
  • Dylan Phillips recently became KSU’s all-time career leader in home runs. He is the current Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting four homers in five games.
  • In a vote of the league’s head coaches, Kansas State was selected to finish seventh in the 2022 preseason Big 12 Baseball Coaches Poll.
  • Dylan Phillips was the Wildcats’ only winner on the Big 12 preseason squad.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Friday’s meeting will be the 79th all-time between the two programs.
  • The streak dates back to 1993 when Tech picked up a win in the only game before the Big 12 was formed.
  • Texas Tech holds a 46-31-1 advantage in the all-time series and 24-8-1 in Lubbock.
  • Tim Tadlock is 18-10 against Kansas State. Tadlock is 9-0 in games against KSU in Lubbock.
  • Tech has lost three straight to the Wildcats. They are the final two in last year’s series in Manhattan, in addition to being eliminated from the 2021 Big 12 tournament by KSU.
  • Tech hasn’t lost at home to Kansas State since May 18, 2012.

CE-N-IT

  • The Red Raiders are 15-1 in home games this season.
  • Texas Tech went 17-3 in March.
  • Tech has won 42 consecutive non-conference home games, the last non-conference home loss was UTRGV, 6-3, 4/30/19.
  • Tech is 16-5 this season when scoring first.
  • Tech is 21-5 this season against unranked opponents.
  • Tech has scored six or more points in 22 of 32 games this season. TTU is 21-1 in those games, falling for the first time on April 6 after starting the ninth inning trailing 8-2 and scoring five goals in a comeback that failed, 8-7.
  • Tech has scored in double figures 13 times in 32 games.
  • Tech has hit five Grand Slams, on a total of 48 homers. If Tech hits a sixth this season, it would be the first time in a season to have six Grand Slams since 2004 – Blair (3), Brady (1), Fuller (1), Mask (3).
  • Texas Tech is 18-4 this season with at least one home run.
  • Tech has scored 16 times in the first innings this season. TTU was 13-0 in those situations until the last three games. Tech first lost to Kansas on Sunday, April 3, then again Tuesday and Wednesday to Grand Canyon.
  • Texas Tech scored five or more runs in the first inning for the first time since Feb. 15, 2020, against Northern Colorado when it scored seven in the first inning against No. 2 Texas on March 26.
  • Parker-Kelly is the first Red Raider to own three Grand Slams in the same season since Cameron Blair achieved the feat in 2004 and 2005. Kelly’s Grand Slams were completed in five days – two in the same game against Merrimack on March 5 at home, and again against No. 23 Mississippi State on March 9 in a neutral site game in Biloxi.
  • Brandon Birdsell 15 strikeouts against Rice on March 12 were the most by a Red Raider since Bobby Doran’s 16 against Missouri on May 1, 2010.
  • Against the SFA on March 29, Texas Tech scored a double-digit double (10) in a game for the first time since recording 12 against Kansas on April 25, 2010.
  • Tech achieved its highest ranking ever in the Perfect Game poll, reaching No. 3 on April 4. It was the sixth time they ranked No. 3 in his poll, and the first time since March 9, 2020.

–TECHNOLOGY–

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