Michael Davis is hot.
And the Texas Tech baseball team is on fire.
Davis continued his torrid play and Texas Tech won its ninth game in a row, defeating San Diego State 7 -2 on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park
Davis has driven in a run in eight of the Red Raiders’ (29-9) last nine games (all wins) and upped his season total to 31 in the process.
Ryan Shetter got his chance Saturday.
And the Texas Tech freshman pitcher made the most of it, throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings in his first start of the season and leading the Red Raiders to a 10-0 win over San Diego State at Rip Griffin Park.
Shetter got the start in place of Steven Gingery, who Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock sat in order to get the fellow freshman a little extra rest.
And Shetter didn’t disappoint. The freshman had a 3.79 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season, but came on even stronger Saturday.
Hayden Howard dominated.
Howard didn’t allow a hit struck out four through three innings as Texas Tech defeated San Diego State 3-1 Friday afternoon in the series opener at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
“I just wanted to throw strikes and let the defense work behind me,” Howard said. “I knew they were going to make plays. Just try to limit walks and throw it in the zone. Let them hit it.”
Howard took over for freshman Davis Martin (5-0), who gave up one run off nine hits through six innings of work.
TEXAS TECH VS. SAN DIEGO STATE
NOON FRIDAY; NOON SATURDAY; 11:30 A.M. SUNDAY
DAN LAW FIELD
Recapping last series
The Red Raiders completed a season sweep of Sam Houston State by defeating the Bearkats 8-6 and 20-3 in a Wednesday doubleheader.
In both contests, Texas Tech saw its bats get to work early en route to churning out 28 runs on 22 hits.
Tyler Neslony recorded a career-high six RBIs as Texas Tech routed Sam Houston State 20-3.
Those 20 runs were the most since 2014 against Stephen F. Austin.
Of the Red Raiders’ 14 hits, eight of them went for extra bases.
Stephen Smith led things off for Texas Tech with a triple out to left field. He crossed home plate a batter later when Trey Ochoa grounded out to first.
The following inning, another Red Raider tripled as Kholeton Sanchez ripped one out to right field to score Michael Davis and Orlando Garcia.
Tech’s Davis earns national honor
Texas Tech sophomore infielder Michael Davis earned yet another honor Tuesday afternoon as he was named the National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Davis, who garnered Big 12 Player of the Week accolades on Monday, is the eighth Red Raider in school history to be recognized as the National Hitter/Pitcher of the Week. He is the first Red Raider to receive the award since Eric Gutierrez on Feb. 17 last year.
Texas Tech’s series opener against Sam Houston State has been rescheduled due to forecasted inclement weather expected to arrive in the Lubbock area later this evening.
The Red Raiders will instead face Sam Houston State in a 2 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The second game of the doubleheader will start 45 minutes following the completion of game one.
Individual game tickets purchased for Tuesday night will be honored at Wednesday’s doubleheader.
TEXAS TECH VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE
6:30 P.M. TUESDAY; 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY
DAN LAW FIELD
Recapping last week
The Red Raiders sat at No. 29 in the first RPI ranking released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
After going 1-1 at Florida State, Texas Tech jumped to No. 21 in the country.
A three-game sweep at Oklahoma State moved the Red Raiders up nine spots to No. 12.
In 35 seasons at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, Oklahoma State has lost more than two consecutive home games only five times.
Texas Tech pushed that total to six as the Red Raiders run-ruled the No. 23-ranked Cowboys 15-5 in seven innings Sunday afternoon for the series sweep.
The win marked Texas Tech’s third consecutive sweep in Big 12 play and its first sweep over a ranked opponent since 2002. It was also Texas Tech’s first Big 12 road sweep over a ranked opponent ever.
Michael Davis led the Red Raiders with seven RBIs.
Texas Tech had never strung together nine consecutive Big 12 wins.
The Red Raiders, behind four RBI from Cory Raley, defeated Oklahoma State 8-2 to clinch the series victory.
The Cowboys had won the previous four series against Texas Tech and were 10-2 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on the season before the series against the Red Raiders.
Oklahoma State hasn’t lost a home series since 2012.
Raley went 4-for-5 to lead the way at the plate for Texas Tech.