Preview: No. 9 Tech welcomes West Virginia


No. 9 TEXAS TECH vs. WEST VIRGINIA

Lubbock, Texas | Rip Griffin Park

April 22-24, 2022

Texas Tech Game Notes (PDF) | West Virginia Game Notes (PDF)

WEEKEND NOTABLES

  • Friday – Military Appreciation Night

    • Military Groups to be recognized pre-game along the right-field line.
    • Texas Tech Army ROTC Color Guard to present the colors for National Anthem.
    • The baseball team will wear camo caps.
    • “Operation Hat Trick” Texas Tech gear available: wreckem.co/3OErc59

  • Sunday – ’90s Music Day

STARTERS
It’s good to be home. Texas Tech returns to Rip Griffin Park this weekend to host West Virginia looking to improve on its stellar 18-1 home record this season. Since April 1, the Red Raiders have played 10 of 13 games away from home in four different states and three different time zones. Tech is 2-8 in those games away from home, but was perfect in its only games at home this month, sweeping Big 12 foe K-State. Friday’s meeting between Texas Tech and West Virginia will be the 31st all-time meeting between the two programs that sport a dead even 15-15 series record, but the Red Raiders have had the edge at home, winning seven of nine contests.

John Harris and Mike Gustafson will call the game from inside Rip Griffin Park as coverage will be provided via Big 12 Now on ESPN+ on Friday and Sunday. Chris Sylvester joins Gustafson for the call on Saturday. The broadcast can be accessed from any desktop or laptop computer, any personal cellular device and television streaming services using the ESPN app. Registration for the subscription service can be found at ESPNPlus.com.

Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Geoff Haxton will have the call and will be joined by Chois Woodman in the booth for this weekend’s broadcast.

TEXAS TECH IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • D1Baseball: No. 9
  • Baseball America: 17
  • NCBWA: No. 9
  • Collegiate Baseball: NR
  • USA Coaches: No. 8
  • Perfect Game: No. 15

  

Kurt Wilson

 

PROJECTED PITCHING MATCHUPS

  • Friday, April 22: RHP Andrew Morris (4.01 ERA, 4-0) vs. RHP Jacob Watters (3.28 ERA, 2-2)
  • Saturday, April 23: RHP Brandon Birdsell (2.54 ERA, 5-2) vs. LHP Ben Hampton (3.05 ERA, 6-2)
  • Sunday, April 24: RHP Chase Hampton (5.45 ERA, 3-3) vs. RHP Zach Bravo (5.65 ERA, 3-1)

JUST LIKE THAT, WE’RE IN THE HOME STRETCH

The Red Raiders have 14 games remaining on their regular season schedule, the next four games at home, followed by seven-straight on the road, then capped with the final three at home vs. Oklahoma, May 19-21. The 2022 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship will be hosted at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, May 25-29. For info on attending and tickets, visit Big12Sports.com.

A REAL HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

Five of the last six Big 12 games played at Rip Griffin Park were sellouts (4,432), making the Red Raiders’ home field one the toughest places to play. A statement proven by their 18-1 record at home this season, and a blistering 234-60 mark since 2013 when the Tim Tadlock era began. During the preseason, Tech announced the baseball allotment of season tickets sold out for the eighth-consecutive year.

HOME vs. AWAY

It’s no secret there’s something special about Rip Griffin Park where the Red Raiders are 18-1, below is a side by side comparison of some things working at home versus on the road:




HOME (18-1)

Team Batting Average: .348

Team On-Base Percentage: .461

Team ERA: 4.05

Opp. Batting Average: .239
ROAD & NEUTRAL (9-12)

Team Batting Average: .250

Team On-Base Percentage: .367 

Team ERA: 5.79

Opp. Batting Average: .259

 

Brandon Birdsell

 

SCOUTING – WEST VIRGINIA

  • West Virginia enters the weekend 23-12 and tied for second in the Big 12 standings with a 6-3 (.667) record. 
  • The Mountaineers last played Wednesday afternoon, defeating Pitt, 3-2, in 11 innings at PNC Park.
  • WVU shares the distinction with Tech as one of four teams in the Big 12 with a conference record better than. 500.  
  • WVU, Kansas and Oklahoma are the only members entering the weekend that have played just three Big 12 series (nine conference games). TCU has played a league-high five conference series (15 games).
  • The Mountaineers scored their first-ever series win at then-No. 10 TCU, from April 1-3, in Fort Worth. It marked the first series win over a top-10 opponent on the road since March 17-19, 2017, at then-No. 10 Baylor.
  • WVU also enjoyed a three-game sweep over Baylor from April 8-10, at home. It marked the club’s first series sweep over a Big 12 opponent since May 6-8, 2016, vs. Texas.
  • In a vote of the league’s head coaches, West Virginia was selected to finish eighth in the 2022 Preseason Big 12 Baseball Coaches’ Poll. 
  • Austin Davis (OF) and Jacob Watters (RP) were selected to the Big 12 preseason team. Watters also was named to the NCBWA’s Preseason All-America Third Team.

TEXAS TECH-WEST VIRGINIA SERIES HISTORY

  • Friday’s meeting will be the 31st all-time between the two programs.
  • The two squads’ have battled to an all-time series record of 15-15, but Tech owns a dominant 7-2 advantage in games played in Lubbock. 
  • Tech has never lost a home series to the Mountaineers.
  • Tech head coach Tim Tadlock and WVU head coach Randy Mazey were both in the first season leading their programs when the first head-to-head matchup was played in 2013 as WVU joined the Big 12.
  • Tech has won four of the last five regular-season series and is 14-10 against WVU in regular season games.
  • Tech is 1-5 against WVU in games played during the Big 12 postseason Tournament.

THIS-N-THAT

  • The Red Raiders are 18-1 in home games this season, and 9-12 in all other games (road & neutral).
  • Texas Tech went 17-3 in the month of March but is 5-8 in April. 
  • Tech is 12-0 at home this season when scoring first.
  • Tech is 17-0 at home this season when scoring three or more runs.
  • Tech has scored in double-digits 15 times out of 40 games. TTU is 14-1 in those games. Tech lost with double-digit scoring for the first time last time out UNM. 
  • Tech is second in the NCAA in runs scored with 370. UNLV is first with 380.
  • Tech has hit five grand slams. If Tech hits a sixth this season, it would be the first time in a season to have six grand slams since 2004 – Blair (3), Brady (1), Fuller (1), Mask (3).
  • Tech won its first 13 games in 2022 when scoring in the first inning. Tech has not been able to capitalize as of late, holding a 1-4 record when scoring in the first inning over the last five games. It started with a three-game in a row stretch. Tech lost for the first time when scoring in the first against Kansas (4/3), and again against Grand Canyon (4/5 & 4/6), and last time out versus New Mexico.
  • Texas Tech has hit 99 doubles this season, ranking second-most in the nation. UNLV leads the nation with 113 followed by Texas Tech (99) and then Tennessee is third (96).
  • Texas Tech batters have registered 243 walks this season after 40 games, ranking T-No. 1 in NCAA DI baseball. Mercer is tied for No. 1 with the Red Raiders. Jace Jung leads the nation in walks with 43. 

  –TECH–
 



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