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Preview & Regional Thread: Texas Tech, UCLA, N. Carolina, & Army

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Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (36-15, 14-10 Big 12)
Bad Guys: UCLA Bruins 35-18 (15-10 Pac-12); North Carolina Tar Heels 27-25 (18-18 ACC); Army Golden Knights 28-23 (15-10 Patriot League)
When to Watch: Friday, June 4th – Monday, June 7th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: Stat Broadcast
Weather: WeatherUnderground

The Lubbock Region

#1 Seed – Texas Tech

Record: 36-15 (14-10 Big 12)
RPI: 10
Strength of Schedule: 15
Home: 24-5
Away: 7-5

#2 Seed – UCLA

Record: 35-18 (15-10 Pac-12)
RPI: 21
Strength of Schedule: 30
Home: 21-9
Away: 14-9

#3 Seed – North Carolina

Record: 27-25 (18-18 ACC)
RPI: 47
Strength of Schedule: 8
Home: 19-10
Away: 6-14

#4 Seed – Army

Record: 28-23 (15-10 Patriot League)
RPI: 119
Strength of Schedule: 145
Home: 10-6
Away: 12-11

News, News, News, News

  • NCAA: 2021 NCAA baseball tournament preview: Lubbock Regional
  • Daily Tar Heel: Preview: UNC baseball to start NCAA Tournament play against UCLA in Lubbock Regional
  • Daily Bruin: UCLA baseball to begin NCAA tournament at Lubbock Regional against North Carolina

Team Stats

Texas Tech UCLA North Carolina Army
avg .276 .286 .259 .277
slg% .501 .446 .433 .397
ob% .403 .390 .352 .389
ERA 4.27 3.87 4.99 4.94
WHIP 1.34 1.27 1.39 1.41
Oavg .238 .236 .254 .243
SO/9 9.80 9.51 9.48 7.91
BB/9 4.14 3.45 3.80 4.44
fld% .972 .978 .974 .973

Game 1

First Pitch: Friday, June 4th @ 11:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Chase Hampton (3-0, 3.63) vs. Army’s RHP Anthony LoRicco (4-1, 4.68)
Final Score: Texas Tech 6, Army 3
Winning Pitcher: Chase Hampton (W, 4-0); Micah Dallas (S, 2)
Losing Pitcher: Anthony Loricco (L, 4-2)
Key Hitters: Braxton Fulford 1-3, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Cal Conley 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; Parker Kelly 1-4, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers: Chase Hampton 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO; Connor Queen 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB; Micah Dallas 1.0 IP
Links: Recap | Box Score

Cal Conley homered twice and No. 8 Texas Tech received six strong innings from Chase Hampton to send the Red Raiders past Army, 6-3, in the NCAA Lubbock Regional opener Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

With the win, the Red Raiders move into the winner’s side of the regional bracket where Tech will await the winner of tonight’s North Carolina and UCLA game. First pitch between the Tar Heels and Bruins is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

Game 2

First Pitch: Friday, June 4th @ 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Probable Starters: North Carolina’s RHP Austin Love (9-4, 3.68) vs. UCLA’s RHP Jesse Bergin (6-3, 4.24)
Final Score: North Carolina 5, UCLA 4
Winning Pitcher: Austin Love (W, 10-4); Gage Gillian (S, 4)
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Bergin (L, 6-4)
Key Hitters: Danny Serretti 2-5, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Will Stewart 2-4, 3 RBI; Brett Centracchio 3-4, 2 R
Key Pitchers: Austin Love 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO; Gage Gillian 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Austin Love’s nine strikeout performance and a late-inning home run from Danny Serretti guided UNC (28-25) to a 5-4 win over UCLA (35-19) in the Tar Heel’s opening game in the Lubbock Regional.

Love’s nine punchouts tonight pushed him to 129 for the season, which ranks second all-time in UNC history for strikeouts in a season, four behind Andrew Miller, who had 133 in 2006.

Game 3

First Pitch: Saturday, June 5th @ 2:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Probable Starters: Army vs. UCLA
Final Score: UCLA 13, Army 6
Winning Pitcher: Kyle Mora (W, 2-1)
Losing Pitcher: Ray Bartoli (L, 3-2)
Key Hitters: Matt McLain 2-5, 1 R, 3 RBI; JT Schwartz 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Kyle Cuellar 3-5, 2 RBI; Noah Cardenas 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Sean Mullen 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 SO; Kyle Mora 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 SO; Adrian Chaidez 2.0 IP 1 H, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 21 UCLA scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back in a 13-6 Lubbock Regional elimination game win over (4) Army West Point on Saturday afternoon at Rip Griffin Field.

With the win, (2) UCLA will face the loser of today’s (1) Texas Tech-(3) North Carolina matchup in another elimination game on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. PT. TV information is pending, but the contest will be streamed on ESPN.com/watch.

The Bruins (36-19) led wire-to-wire in the contest, putting up a three-spot in the first then responding to a two-run Army (28-25) home run by scoring in five consecutive frames to pull away.

Game 4

First Pitch: Saturday, June 5th @ 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s LHP Patrick Monteverde (6-3, 3.61) vs. RHP Connor Ollio (2-2, 3.69) or RHP Gage Gillian (1-2, 2.06)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, North Carolina 2
Winning Pitcher: Patrick Monteverde (W, 7-3); Ryan Sublette (S, 3)
Losing Pitcher: Shawn Rapp (L, 1-2)
Key Hitters: Kurt Wilson 2-4, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI; Jace Jung 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Braxton Fulford 1-4, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers: Patrick Monteverde 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO; Ryan Sublette 3.2 IP, 2 BB, 8 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Jace Jung sparked No. 8 Texas Tech with an early home run, while Kurt Wilson added a long ball of his own as part of three RBI on the night as the Red Raiders remained undefeated in the NCAA Lubbock Regional following a 7-2 victory Saturday over North Carolina.

Jung quickly had a soldout Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on its feet with a two-run shot into the right-field bullpen that gave the Red Raiders (38-15) an early lead in the first. The home run was the 21st of the season for Jung, who moved into sole possession of third place all-time in Tech single-season history with the blast.

Wilson, meanwhile, provided the late-game heroics like he’s been known to do in the postseason. The junior padded a one-run Tech lead with an opposite-field solo blast in the seventh that hit off the right-field foul pole. He broke the game open only an inning later with a two-run single that matched Jung with a two-hit night.

Game 5

First Pitch: Sunday, June 6th @ 2:00 p.m.
Probable Starters: North Carolina vs. UCLA
Final Score: UCLA 12, North Carolina 2
Winning Pitcher: Zach Pettway (W, 3-5)
Losing Pitcher: Connor Ollio (L, 2-3)
Key Hitters: Matt McLain 3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI; JT Schwartz 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI; Jake Moberg 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; JonJon Vaughns 2-5, HR, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Zach Pettway 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 21 UCLA scored 10 unanswered runs to start the game and senior righty Zach Pettway delivered a complete-game gem to defeat North Carolina 12-2 on Sunday afternoon, advancing to the Lubbock Regional Final against (1) Texas Tech and eliminating (3) UNC from the tournament.

The Bruins (37-19) will face the Red Raiders later today, needing to defeat the hosts in two straight games to advance to the Super Regional round. Texas Tech can advance with a win either tonight or on Monday afternoon.

Game 6

First Pitch: Sunday, June 6th @ 6:00 p.m.
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s Mason Montgomery (4-3, 3.99) and Game 5 Winner
Final Score: Texas Tech 8, UCLA 2
Winning Pitcher: Mason Montgomery (W, 5-3)
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Mora (L, 2-2)
Key Hitters: Easton Murrell 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI; Kurt Wilson 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI; Jace Jung 2-5, 2 R; Braxton Fulford 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; Cole Stilwell 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Mason Montgomery 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO; Andrew Devine 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO; Derek Bridges 1.0 IP, 1 R, 1 SO; Micah Dallas 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Texas Tech punched its ticket for its fifth Super Regional in school history Sunday evening after the Red Raiders utilized key two-out hitting and another strong pitching performance to top UCLA, 8-2, in front of a soldout Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The win completes a weekend sweep of the NCAA Lubbock Regional for the Red Raiders (39-15), who will move on to face the winner of the Palo Alto Regional next weekend back in front of its home crowd. UC Irvine forced a decisive final game with host Stanford set for Monday after topping the Cardinal, 8-4, on Sunday night.

Tech broke up a tie game with a three-run third inning and then added three more in the fifth to down the Bruins (37-20), who routed North Carolina, 12-2, earlier in the day to advance to the regional final. The Red Raiders knocked in five runs with two outs on the night with four of those coming over those two innings.

Game 7

First Pitch: Monday, June 7th @ 3:00 p.m.
Probable Starters: If Necessary
Final Score:
Winning Pitcher:
Losing Pitcher:
Key Hitters:
Key Pitchers:
Links: Recap | Box Score

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