A pitching duel and defensive struggle ended in unexpected fashion as the Texas Tech Red Raiders took advantage of a huge California error in the bottom of the eighth to escape with a 4-2 win Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Orlando Garcia’s bunt attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning was airmailed over third base by Cal pitcher Erik Martinez, allowing the two Tech go-ahead runs to score in what had been a 1-1 deadlock. Garcia later scored on a double play by Michael Davis to give Tech an insurance run.
Orlando Garcia doesn’t remember much about Texas Tech’s series at California last year.
All he can recall is how much it rained.
So much so that after Cal won the first game 9-2 and Tech won the second 11-8, the rest of the series was cancelled.
“We didn’t get to play much,” Garcia said. “They’re a good ball club. They play hard. No matter where we play or who we play we prepare the same way.”
Michael Davis can’t forget the rain either.
Orlando Garcia was on fire.
The junior finished with seven RBIs in Texas Tech’s home opener Tuesday afternoon.
Behind two bombs crushed over the left field wall — one a 3-run home run and the other Texas Tech’s first grand slam since Stephen Smith’s against Texas in 2015 — Garcia led the way as Texas Tech routed New Mexico State 16-1 in the home opener at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech baseball senior and freshman infielders Hunter Hargrove and Josh Jung were named Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively, the league announced today.
It is the first honor of the year given out by the conference and first for each member of the Red Raider baseball team. It marks back-to-back years the Red Raiders have received Player & Newcomer of the Week in the same week, as Tanner Gardner and Davis Martin picked up the awards on March 21, 2016.
After waiting two hours past the scheduled starting time as Mississippi State battled Western Illinois for the win in 11 innings, the Red Raiders got off to a hot start their final day in Starkville, Miss.
Despite putting up four runs in the top of the first, Tech’s relief staff struggled through the middle of the game as the Bulldogs topped No. 14 Texas Tech 8-5 Sunday evening.
The Texas Tech lineup, once again, was too much for Western Illinois to handle.
After lighting up the Leathernecks for 15 runs off 13 hits on Friday, the Red Raiders scored 13 runs off 17 hits in a 13-5 victory over Western Illinois Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Miss.
Hunter Hargrove, who nearly hit for the cycle against the Leathernecks (0-2) on Friday, got Texas Tech (3-0) on the board first.
Last season’s freshmen all-Americans didn’t disappoint in their first starts as sophomores.
Davis Martin and Steven Gingery combined to allow a pair of runs off eight hits with 15 strikeouts through six and seven innings respectively as they both picked up wins on Friday.
Martin earned the starting nod in the season opening 15-1 win over Western Illinois, while Gingery took the mound later in the day in a 5-2 victory over Mississippi State.
Back in Lubbock from their second trip to Omaha in three years, the Red Raiders received their College World Series gifts.
One of them, a replica of the national championship trophy, sparked a fire inside that Texas Tech clubhouse.
Etched on the bottom of the trophy was the word “participant.”
Gone are the familiar faces of Eric Gutierrez, Tyler Neslony, Stephen Smith and Tyler Floyd for Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock and the Red Raider baseball team.
But with the season starting in less than three weeks, there are plenty of talented new faces that made up the No. 23 signing class by Perfect Game.
Texas Tech baseball is No. 25 in Baseball America’s Preseason College Top 25, the publication announced Monday morning.
It is the third poll the Red Raiders have appeared in over the preseason.
Tech was ranked No. 14 by D1 Baseball on Jan. 16, while being slotted at No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Dec. 20.
The Red Raiders have posted a preseason top 25 ranking for three consecutive years.
Four of Tech’s 2017 opponents appear in this week’s Baseball America poll.