Preview & Series Thread: Kansas vs. Texas Tech

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-8, 3-3)
Bad Guys: Kansas Jayhawks (15-13, 1-5)
When to Watch: Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: TexasTech.TV
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats

Hello friends. Kansas doesn’t have a great record and their opponents aren’t exactly great either. The Jayhawks split a 4-game series with South Carolina State, then won 3 of 4 against Texas Southern, then won 3 against Northern Illinois. In case you are keeping track, that’s 8 of their 15 wins against South Carolina State, Texas Southern and Northern Illinois. Kansas then won all 5 games of the Snowbird Classic beating St. Joseph’s, Georgetown, Ball State, Central Connecticut State, and Seton Hall. That’s 13 wins. Then the bad stuff started as they lost 3 games to St. Johns, a mid-week game against Wichita State, 3 games to Oklahoma, and 2 of 3 against Baylor (it was in Lawrence). KU did work in a mid-week win against Missouri State between the OU and BU series, and then recently lost to Wichita State on Tuesday.

By all accounts, Kansas is a pretty terrible team and according to WarrenNolan, the Jayhawks are 125 in RPI (Kansas State is 149th and I think Texas Tech needed to sweep that series). For reference purposes, Texas Tech is 9th in RPI, so they’re still doing fine.

And I didn’t think about that Texas Tech had not played a home Big 12 series. I think I’ve just got caught up in everything happening.

One other programming note is that Texas Tech’s first-pitch today is at 2:00 p.m., it was moved up from its normal slot because of expected rain this evening.

News, News, News, News

A-J Media’s Alexis Cubit – Tech preps for Big 12 home opener:

“You’re not going to see many guys not run balls out,” he said. “They’re going to bunt guys up when they need to. They’re usually very good at that kind of stuff. They played really good defense last year when we played them.

“They’ve got a little West Coast in them. (Head coach Ritch) Price is a West Coast guy, so you’ll see a little bit of that stuff sometimes.”

In contrast, the Red Raiders have more of a mix between older and younger, which includes Klein and senior first baseman Cameron Warren as two of the team’s more experienced players. In addition to having that short-term memory, Warren stresses the importance of never letting off the gas and scoring as early and often as possible.

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders Kansas Jayhawks
avg .300 .235
slg% .479 .364
ob% .405 .353
ERA 3.99 4.55
Oavg .262 .260
SO/9 8.51 8.67
BB/9 3.92 4.34
fld% .977 .976

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .316 .490 .438 .966
OF/INF Gabe Holt .286 .371 .405 .917
1B Cameron Warren .361 .680 .427 1.000
INF Brian Klein .367 .469 .477 .981
OF Cody Masters .316 .544 .394 1.000
OF Dylan Neuse .394 .713 .508 1.000
Key Kansas Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
C/1B Jaxx Groshans .367 .745 .471 .987
OF Brett Vosik .277 .396 .365 .979
1B Conner VanCleave .259 .370 .365 .990
INF Skyler Messinger .258 .387 .355 .926
INF Dylan Ditzenberger .246 .292 .311 .989
INF Benjamin Sems .242 .358 .357 .973

Probable Starters

Game Texas Tech Starting Pitchers Kansas Starting Pitchers
Friday, April 5th, @ 2:00 pm (TexasTech.TV) RHP Micah Dallas (3-0, 2.66) RHP Ryan Cyr (2-3, 5.44)
Saturday, April 6th, @ 2:00 pm (TexasTech.TV) RHP Caleb Kilian (3-2, 5.35) RHP Ryan Zeferjahn (3-1, 2.20)
Sunday, April 7th, @ 1:00 pm (TexasTech.TV) LHP Erikson Lanning (0-0, 2.57) LHP Eli Davis (3-3, 5.03)

Game Recaps

Game 1 – Friday, April 5th @ 2:00 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:

Game 2 – Saturday, April 6th @ 2:00 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:

Game 3 – Sunday, April 7th @ 1:00 p.m. (TexasTech.TV)
Final Score:


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