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Preview & Super Regional Thread: Stanford vs. Texas Tech

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Series Details

Good Guys: #8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (39-15, 14-10 Big 12)
Bad Guys: #9 Stanford Cardinal (36-15, 17-10 Pac-12)
When to Watch: Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13th
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: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

The Lubbock Super Regional

Texas Tech

Record: 39-15 (14-10 Big 12)
RPI: 10
Strength of Schedule: 15
Home: 27-5
Away: 7-5

Stanford

Record: 36-15 (17-10 Pac-12)
RPI: 13
Strength of Schedule: 33
Home: 21-5
Away: 12-9

News, News, News, News

Texas Tech preview:

For the fifth time in program history, the No. 8 Texas Tech baseball team will host the NCAA Super Regional Round as the Red Raiders play host to No. 9 Stanford at a sold out Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The No. 8 Red Raiders (39-15) host No. 9 Stanford (36-15) for a best-of-three series beginning Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. Game two is also scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday with ESPNU, while an ‘if necessary’ game is slated for Sunday at 2 p.m. on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Every game will be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. Fans can listen to Red Raider games on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and online at TexasTech.com.

Tickets for the Super Regional are sold out. For information on tickets, Texas Tech’s heat management plan, and other essential gameday information, visit here.

Friday’s meeting with No. 9 Stanford will be the fifth all-time between the two teams in a series that is split 2-2. This is the first time Stanford has traveled to Lubbock. The two teams first met in the 1995 NCAA Midwest I Regional in Wichita, Kansas, with the Cardinal overcoming a loss to the Red Raiders in the semifinals to top Tech twice in the regional finals for the right to move on to the College World Series. The two clubs met for the first time since 1995 last season at the Round Rock Classic with Tech posting a 7-2 win to even the all-time series.

Stanford preview:

Stanford won the Stanford Regional last weekend, topping a field that consisted of No. 17 UC Irvine, Nevada and North Dakota State. The Cardinal opened the regional with a 9-1 victory over NDSU on Friday before riding a seven-run second inning to a 12-4 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday. UC Irvine forced a winner-take-all Monday game by way of an 8-4 victory on Sunday, but the Cardinal scored seven in the first on Monday and held on to beat UCI 11-8 to advance to the Super Regionals. Stanford’s starting pitching was strong in the first two contests, as junior Alex Williams and senior Brendan Beck each tossed seven innings to pick up victories. The Cardinal used six pitchers on Sunday before piecing together the win on Monday with the use of eight different hurlers. Senior Tim Tawa, named Most Outstanding Player of the regional, finished the Championship game 3 for 5 with his 10th homer of the season, two runs scored and three RBIs. The native of West Linn, Ore. batted .526 (10 for 19) with seven runs scored, two doubles, three homers and eight RBIs over the four games from Sunken Diamond. Stanford as a team hit .310 with 36 runs scored, eight doubles, 10 homers and 35 RBIs during the regional.

Red Raider Dugout – Previewing the Lubbock Super Regional:

In reality, the Cardinal bring an impressively well-rounded group to the plate with 7 players looking practically statistically interchangeable on paper. A combination of CF Brock Jones, 2B Tim Tawa, RF Christian Robinson, 1B Nick Brueser, C Kody Huff, 3B Drew Bowser, and DH Tommy Troy.

Jones who leads in multiple categories, is batting .295 but leads the team with a .574 slugging percentage and OBP of .450. His team-high 48 walks is 23 free passes more than the next closest player. He has pounded 13 dingers in 2021 and leads the way with 14 stolen bags, 47 RBIs, and 47 runs.

Second baseman Tim Tawa will be a name you hear often on the broadcasts. He and Robinson are tied with 55 hits, he has 37 RBIs, and he and Brueser are knotted up at 10 taters. Tawa drove in Stanford’s only two runs in their last meeting with Tech with an early home run, he hit 4 of their 9 dingers in the Palo Alto Regional as well.

Team Stats

Texas Tech
Stat
Stanford
0.276
Avg
0.279
0.499
SLG%
0.454
0.400
OB%
0.367
4.12
ERA
4.69
0.236
OAvg
0.246
1.33
WHIP
1.38
9.92
SO/9
8.29
4.08
BB/9
4.15
0.972
FLD%
0.980

Game 1 | Friday, June 11th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: ESPNU | WatchESPN
Texas Tech Probable Starter: RHP Chase Hampton (4-0, 3.32)
Stanford Probable Starter: RHP Brendan Beck (8-1, 3.00)
Final Score: Stanford 15, Texas Tech 3
Winning Pitcher: Brendan Beck (W, 9-1)
Losing Pitcher: Chase Hampton (L, 4-1)
Key Hitters: Cole Stilwell 2-4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Nate Rombach 2-4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Key Pitchers: Chase Hampton 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO; Derek Bridges 1.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER; Brendan Girton 0.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER; Levi Wells 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER 1 SO; 1.0 Brandon Beckel 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Stanford drove in at least two runs in four different innings Friday afternoon, giving starter Brendan Beck plenty of support to lead the Cardinal to a 15-3 victory over Texas Tech in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional opener inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Beck (9-1), the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, limited a normally dangerous Tech lineup throughout the afternoon, giving up only a pair of runs off six hits and a career-high 13 strikeouts in 7.1 innings en route to handing the Red Raiders (39-16) their first loss this postseason.

In fact, the loss marked only the second in a Super Regional opener all-time for the Red Raiders, who previously overcame an 8-6 setback to East Carolina in 2016 to win each of the next two games for their second appearance at the College World Series. Tech is 4-0 all-time in Super Regional series after also overcoming losses over the course of a weekend set to Duke (2018) and Oklahoma State (2019).

Game 2 | Saturday, June 12th

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: ESPNU | WatchESPN
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Patrick Monteverde (7-3, 3.59)
Stanford Probable Starter: RHP Brendan Beck (3-2, 3.73)
Final Score: Stanford 9, Texas Tech 0
Winning Pitcher: Alex Williams (W, 4-2)
Losing Pitcher: Patrick Monteverde (L, 7-4)
Key Hitters: Cole Stilwell 2-2
Key Pitchers: Patrick Monteverde 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO; Micah Dallas 1.2 IP 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

Stanford utilized the same formula Saturday it benefited from just a day prior in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional opener – solid starting pitching and the long ball.

The Cardinal, backed by nine strong innings from Alex Williams, three home runs from Brock Jones and another from Tommy Troy, ended Texas Tech’s chances at a fifth College World Series appearance Saturday following a 9-0 victory inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The loss marked the first time the Red Raiders (39-17) had failed to advance out of a Super Regional in school history as Tech was previously 4-0 in such series, having overcome losses in three previous matchups. The College World Series berth is Stanford’s first since the 2008 season.

Game 3 | Sunday, June 13th (If Necessary)

First Pitch: 2:00 p.m.
Television: ESPN2/ESPNU | WatchESPN
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (5-3, 3.82)
Stanford Probable Starter: TBD
Final Score:
Winning Pitcher:
Losing Pitcher:
Key Hitters:
Key Pitchers:
Links: Recap | Box Score

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