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Preview: Red Raiders head to Kansas

Preview: Red Raiders head to Kansas

No. 7 TEXAS TECH in KANSAS
April 1-3, 2022

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

STARTERS
A five-game road trip is on deck, starting with a trip to Kansas as Big 12 play resumes Friday after Texas Tech’s six-game homestand that ended last Wednesday. The road swing continues next Tuesday and Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona for a pair of games at the Grand Canyon before Tech returns to Lubbock for its next home game, Friday, April 8 against Kansas State.

This weekend, Josh Klingler and Kevin Wheeler will call the game from inside Hoglund Park as coverage will be provided via Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The broadcast 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: No. 7
  • Baseball America: 7
  • NCBWA: No. 6
  • College Baseball: No. 6
  • American Coaches: No. 6
  • Perfect Game: No. 4

PROJECTED LAUNCH MATCHUPS

  • Friday, April 1: RHP Andrew Morris (4.13 ERA, 2-0) vs LHP Daniel Hegarty (7.23 ERA, 2-2)
  • Saturday, April 2: RHP Brandon Birdsell (2.70 ERA, 3-1) vs. RHP Cole Larsen (5.15 ERA, 0-4)
  • Sunday, April 3: LHP Mason Molina (3.28 ERA, 1-3) vs. RHP Ryan Vanderhei (4.81 ERA, 3-2)

IT’S A MONSTER
Let’s talk about Jace Jung’s two-game performance last time out in the series against Stephen F. Austin. He went 6 for 9 (.667) from home plate and walked twice for .727 on-base percentage. He scored seven times, hit a home run, had four doubles and six RBIs. He increased his batting average for the season from .356 to .384 in the series. Tuesday’s game came when the record books were rewritten as he went 5 for 6 from the plate with three doubles and an HR.

Jung…

  • set a career single-game high for hits (5) against the SFA. His previous record was three, 10 times.
  • had its first five RBI game since 4-11-21 against TCU. He did it three times in total.
  • was the first Red Raider to have five hits in a game since Cal Conley and Dylan Neuse each had five in a game against Northern Colorado on Feb. 15, 2020.
  • was the first Red Raider to score five points in a game since Michael Davis vs. K-State on April 14, 2020.
  • was the first Red Raider to have three doubles in a game since Brian Kelly vs. UNLV on March 4, 2020.
  • was the first Red Raider to have four multi-base hits (3 2G, 1 HR) in a game since Roger Kieschnick (2 2G, 1 3G, 1 HR) against Army on Feb. 24, 2008.

THIS IS THE RETURN OF A FILM SCENARIO
Fifth-year senior Cody Masters fell ill with a non-COVID-related illness prior to the start of the 2022 season, which sidelined his appearance in Tech’s first 23 games. While regaining weight and getting back into shape, he began traveling with the team again on the first extended trip of the season to Biloxi and Houston for games against Mississippi State and Rice. In the 24th gamein dire straits with the bases loaded and a 12-12 draw between Texas Tech and Texas in the 10th inning, he hit for his first action of the year. He wasn’t the hero, based on a fielder’s pick – the game was won on the next at-bat by Kurt Wilson. He struck out in his second game against the SFA on March 29, but in the second game against the SFA and his third game of the season, his first hit came on his third down, which was a big slam. It was his second career GS, dating back to May 14, 2021, against Oklahoma.

THE BIG KURT, SUPERMAN, YOU NAME IT
Kurt Wilson has had quite a week. Over the past five games, it started with his 10th-inning home robbery to beat Texas – video of the robbery on Texas Tech baseball Twitter alone has racked up more than 3.7 million views and counts. (as of March 31). The following night, Wilson again won the game on extras, ripping a grand slam over the right field fence to lift the Red Raiders over Texas to win the series – it was the game-winning first home run. ever since Cal Conley hit a solo home. run against TCU on April 11, 2021.

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SCOUTING – KANSAS

  • Kansas last hosted Texas Tech in 2018, a Tech series won two games to one.
  • Kansas will only host its third game of the 2022 season on Friday. Its 2022 home opener came on March 2 (L, 13-2 vs. Missouri State) while Game 2 was last Wednesday against Wichita State (W, 14-2).
  • Kansas is 9-14 in 2022 and 0-3 in Big 12 play in last weekend’s conference opener at Oklahoma State (L, 4-2/L, 4-3 /L, 7-2).
  • In the Big 12 preseason poll, Kansas was chosen to finish ninth and had no player named to the all-conference preseason team.
  • His skipper, Ritch Price, entered his 20th season as Kansas baseball’s head coach in 2022.
  • Price led the program to three NCAA tournament appearances (’06, ’09, ’14)

SERIES HISTORY

  • Tech has won six consecutive series against the Jayhawks since 2015.
  • Tech leads the all-time series 48-27, including an 18-15 all-time mark at Lawrence.
  • The series dates back to 1981 when the teams first met in Edinburgh, Texas. The 1981 series was the only previous matchup until the formation of the Big 12.
  • Friday’s meeting will be the 76th all-time between the two programs.
  • Since forming the Big 12, Tech is 46-26 against Kansas.
  • Tech is 13-2 in its last 15 games against Kansas.

ASCEND
The Red Raiders’ series win over Texas last weekend caused a stir with voters in national polls. Already ranked among the top 25 consensus teams entering the series against UT, Tech jumped into the Top 10 of the six major ranking systems. Tech’s highest ranking is No. 4 (Perfect Game) and lowest is No. 7 (D1Baseball & Baseball America). Tech’s biggest jump came in the Baseball America poll, surging from No. 23 to No. 7.

BIG 12 NEW OF THE WEEK
Texas Tech junior transfer Andrew Morris has been named the Big 12 newcomer of the week, the league announced Monday. It was Morris’ first career weekly award in the Big 12. The right-handed pitcher pitched six innings in Texas Tech’s Friday night overtime win over Texas. He allowed a run at the start, yielding a first home run to the first batter of the game. The transfer from Colorado Mesa settled in to remove seven and keep the Longhorns off the board for the remainder of its outing to put the team in position to win the first of two games in the series.

CE-N-IT

  • Texas Tech is 22-5 and has won 21 of its last 24 games.
  • The Red Raiders are 15-1 in home games this season. The loss to Texas last time out was the first regular-season home loss since May 20, 2021 (7-4, KU).
  • Tech has won 42 straight non-conference home games, the last non-conference home loss was UTRGV, 6-3, on April 30, 2019.
  • Tech is 15-2 this season when scoring first.
  • Tech is 19-2 this season against unranked opponents. His two losses are to Auburn (L, 2-1) in Game 2 of the season at the State Farm Collegiate Showdown in Arlington, Texas, and at Iowa (L, 6-3).
  • Tech has scored more than six points in 19 of 27 games this season. TTU is 19-0 in those games.
  • Tech has scored in double figures 12 times in 27 games.
  • Tech has hit five Grand Slams, on his 30 total homers.
  • Texas Tech is 18-2 this season with at least one home run.
  • Tech has scored 13 times in the first inning this season. TTU is 13-0 in those games.
  • Texas Tech has three wins this season as it trailed after the seventh inning.
  • 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 match against Merrimack in March. 5 at home, and again against Mississippi State No. 23 on March 9 in a neutral-site game in Biloxi.
  • Brandon Birdsell’s 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.

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