Texas Tech Baseball Closes Regular Season in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. – Texas Tech Baseball closes the regular season this Thursday and Friday in Tempe when they are scheduled to face Arizona State and UNLV.

The Red Raiders and Sun Devils will play on both Thursday and Friday night while Tech and UNLV will meet on Friday afternoon.

First pitch for the two Arizona State games will be 8:30 p.m. (CT) with the UNLV contest scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.

Fans can watch all three games on PAC-12 Network (Arizona)

INSIDE THE MATCHUPS:

GAME ONE:
MATCHUP: Texas Tech (30-22) at Arizona State (29-24)
DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2024
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (CT)/6:30 p.m. (MST)
LOCATION: Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)
PITCHING MATCHUP: RHP Parker Hutyra (4-2, 2.40 ERA) vs. LHP Ben Jacobs (7-2, 4.63 ERA)

GAME TWO:
MATCHUP: Texas Tech (30-22) vs. UNLV (26-24)
DATE: Friday, May 17, 2024
TIME: 3 p.m. (CT)/1 p.m. (MST)
LOCATION: Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)
PITCHING MATCHUP: TBA vs. TBA

GAME THREE:
MATCHUP: Texas Tech (30-22) at Arizona State (29-24)
DATE: Friday, May 17, 2024
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (CT)/6:30 p.m. (MST)
LOCATION: Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)
PITCHING MATCHUP: TBA vs. RHP Hunter Omlid (2-2, 5.82 ERA)

1-2-3 HEADLINES:
* The Red Raiders close the regular season this weekend in Tempe with three games against Arizona State (Thursday and Friday night) as well as a Friday afternoon game against UNLV. The Red Raiders matchups against ASU will be the final two matchups between the two programs before they join the Big 12 Conference in July.

* The Red Raiders enter the weekend looking to snap a five-game losing streak that began with three losses to OU and continued with a pair of setbacks last weekend against Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders five-game losing streak is the longest this season. Following the weekend series in Tempe, the Red Raiders will next turn their attention to the Big 12 Conference Championships hosted by Globe Life Field. The Red Raiders will open the event on Tuesday night with a 7:30 p.m. contest against whomever earns the three-seed. The Red Raiders will look to win the Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 1998.

* Despite losing both games at Oklahoma State last weekend, the Red Raiders did have a few positives as righty Kyle Robinson went 6.0+ innings and struck out a career-best 11. After allowing two early runs on Saturday night, Robinson settled into a groove, not allowing a run over the next five innings before losing a 15-pitch battle to open the seventh inning. Robinson’s 11 strikeouts were a new career high and the most by a Red Raider this season. With the 11 strikeout performance Robinson now has struck out 72 batters in 69.2 innings pitched.

WEEKEND NOTES:

THREE GAMES TWO TEAMS IN THE DESERT

The Red Raiders will head to Tempe this weekend for a three-game, two-day and two-opponent weekend against Arizona State (Thursday and Friday night) and Friday afternoon against UNLV (Friday afternoon). Future Big 12 foes, Tech and ASU will meet for the final time as non-conference foes. As mentioned the Red Raiders open the weekend with a Thursday night contest against the host Sun Devils, before a Friday doubleheader closes the regular season.

BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

After concluding the home regular season slate on May 5th against OU, the Red Raiders made the long trip to Stillwater for a road weekend against Oklahoma State. Once again this weekend the Red Raiders will hit the road, as this time it’s for two matchups with ASU and UNLV.

RED RAIDER HOMECOMING
Tech third baseman Cade McGee will playing a bit of a homecoming series this weekend as the infielder grew up down the road in Tucson. McGee graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School which is just an hour and 45 minutes and 110 miles from Tempe.

NON-CON THIS YR, CON NEXT

When the Red Raiders and Sun Devils meet on Thursday and Friday night it will mark the final two all-time meetings between the two schools as non-conference foes. Arizona State along with in-state rival Arizona, Colorado and Utah will all be joining the Big 12 Conference in July ahead of the 2024-25 season.

NEUTRAL SITE FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Tech’s matchup with UNLV on Friday afternoon will be the Red Raiders, fifth neutral site matchup of the season. The Red Raiders opened the season with three neutral site games against Tennessee (Feb. 16), Nebraska (Feb. 17) and Oregon (Feb. 18). The Red Raiders also faced Oregon State on Feb. 21. The Red Raiders defeated Nebraska (6-3) and Oregon (11-7). Tech fell to Tennessee 6-2 and to Oregon State (10-4). The Red Raiders are 2-2 this season in neutral sites.

SUNDAY FINALE CANCELED

Tech saw its Sunday matchup against Oklahoma State canceled due to inclement weather in Stillwater. The game against OSU will not be made up and as a result, the Red Raiders will play only 29 Big 12 Conference games.

POWER FIVES APLENTY

With two games this weekend against Arizona State as well as at least two games in the Big 12 Conference Tournament guaranteed the Red Raiders will play at least 41 contests against Power Five opponents. In addition to the 41 contests against Power Five teams, the Red Raiders have also played 23 games against teams that have appeared in the top-25 this season (Tennessee, Oregon, Nebraska, Oregon State, Texas (x3), UCF (x3), TCU (x3), Arkansas (x3), WVU (x3), OU (x3) and Oklahoma State (x3). The Red Raiders have also played three different teams that have ascended to No. 1 in the country this year: Tennessee, Oregon State and Arkansas. Depending on the first round matchup the Red Raiders will likely face another ranked team on Tuesday night in Arlington as both Oklahoma State and Texas

MAKING OUR WAY THROUGH THE PAC

In the final year of the Pac-12’s existence, the Red Raiders have seen four of the leagues member schools. After opening the season with matchups against Oregon and Oregon State in Arlington, the Red Raiders played host to Stanford twice to open April. The Red Raiders fourth and final Pac-12 foe this season will be Arizona State on Thursday and Friday night.

SEE YOU IN ARLINGTON

By virtue of last weekends results around the Big 12 Conference, the Red Raiders have clinched the 10th and final spot in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship hosted by Globe Life Field. The Red Raiders are locked into the 10th-seed for next weekends event. The Red Raiders will open the Big 12 Tournament on Tuesday night at 7:30 against the third-overall seed. If the season ended today, that matchup would be against Texas. Four different opponents are possible for the Red Raiders, as Oklahoma State, Texas. WVU or Cincinnati could all earn the third seed. Oklahoma State currently has the inside track at the two seed, as they sit a half-game ahead of UT and WVU who are tied for third. UT would have the tiebreaker over WVU (head-to-head against the No. 1 team in the Big 12, No. 2 team, etc.), as the Longhorns took two-of-three matchups against both OU and OSU. After taking two-of-three vs OU, the Mountaineers suffered a series loss (two-of-three) to the Cowboys. UT hosts Kansas, while WVU heads to TCU. The Bearcats close Big 12 play with a home series against OU while OSU heads to Houston for a date with the Cougars.

KA$H BOMBS
After hitting into tough luck against KU, first baseman Gavin Kash hit three home runs last week. The home runs were his 37th, 38th and 39th home runs all-time and moved him from a tie for ninth all-time into a tie for fifth on the all-time home run list. The Sour Lake native is currently tied with Roger Kieschnick and Jace Jung for fifth all-time on the list. If Kash can hit one more home run he would become the fifth Red Raider to record 40 home runs in a career joining Clint Bryant (44), Josh Bard (43), Joe Dillion (43) and Mike Humphreys (41). Kash needs just five long balls to move into a tie atop the all-time home run list. Last week, Kash caught fire again, going 8-for-19 with four runs scored, six RBIs and three home runs. Kash slugged .947 over that span.

ROBINSON SHOVES
In his start Saturday, Kyle Robinson turned in a career-night firing 6.1 innings with a career-best 11 punchouts. After allowing Robinson, who after allowing a two-out two-run double in the first settled into a rhythm. The double was the only extra base hit the right-hander allowed as he went six-plus innings and allowed just three runs. He struck out 11 including all three batters in the first.

After the Pokes struck out the side in the top of the second, Robinson answered his counterpart in the bottom using his fourth and fifth punchouts of the night to strand a pair. In the third, Robinson again answered the bell, using his sixth and seventh strikeouts to close a 1-2-3 third. Both pitchers worked around a single in the fourth to fire zeros, as the game went to the top of the fifth deadlocked at two. Robinson fired another strong 1-2-3 inning in the last of the fifth before striking out a pair in a scoreless sixth.

BRAVO. DAMIAN BRAVO.
Damian Bravo has been great in his second season in Lubbock, as the Sophomore has hit a team-best .391 in his 44 games played. Bravo leads the Big 12 in average and doubles. Bravo is third in the league in hits (64) and runs scored (49). On Tuesday night Bravo recorded his 20th multiple hit game of the season and scored his 50th and 51st runs of the season. After never having a triple in his career in over 180 at-bats, Bravo recorded the first two triples of his career in the series finale at KU and in the midweek game against UTRGV. The OF enters the final weekend of the regular season leading the Big 12 in hitting by .12 over Houston’s Cary Arbolida. If Bravo is able to lead the league in average he would be the second Red Raider to lead the Big 12 in hitting joining Josh Jung in 2018.

85 LONGBALLS AGAIN
With their four home runs hit last weekend at Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders reached 85 home runs for the third time in four seasons. Last season the Red Raiders lifted 93 total long balls while they hit 90 home runs in 2021. Tech’s 93 home runs were the most they had hit since 1998 when they hit 95 home runs.

RUNNIN’ RUNNIN’
The Red Raiders have clearly been aggressive on the base-paths this season, as the club has now stolen 49 bases in 52 games played. The Red Raiders went until Mar. 23 against BYU without a caught stealing as the Red Raiders went 28 consecutive stolen base attempts with out a caught stealing. Tech has been caught stealing just five times and already have stolen 21 more bases than 2023 (28).

BRIDGES HAS BEEN USED OFTEN
With his appearance Sunday on Senior Day against Oklahoma, Bridges pitched in a game for the 73rd time as a Red Raiders. With that appearance, Bridges passed former Red Raiders John McMillian for seventh all-time on the appearance list. The next time Bridges enters a game to pitch for Tech, he will appear in his 74th career game which will tie the lefty with Brian Cloud for sixth all-time on the list.

SANDY JOINS THE TOP-10
With his appearance last Tuesday against UTRGV, Josh Sanders recorded his 67th career appearance to past Jeff Peck for 10th all-time on the appearance list. Sanders in his appearance on Saturday against OSU made his 68th appearance tying Parker Mushinski for ninth all-time in appearances. Sanders appearance on Saturday against OSU was the 24th of his career. The righty needs just four more to crack the single-season appearance list.

NINE IN SEVEN BRINGS SCHOOL RECORD
The Red Raiders slugged a school-record nine home runs in the victory over ACU, as four different Red Raiders hit multiple home runs (Cade McGee, Gavin Kash, TJ Pompey and Drew Woodcox). Tech became the first Big 12 Team since 2019 to sock nine home runs as the four players with multiple home runs are the most by a Big 12 team since at least 2011.

6-4-3 HISTORY
On Friday night against Kansas, the Red Raiders turned seven double plays in nine innings. The Red Raiders turned a double play in every inning except the fourth and ninth. The streak started in the bottom of the first when Ryan Free induced a 4-3 GDP of Jake English in the first. In the second inning, Free ended the inning with a 6-4-3 GDP. In the third Free put the first two outs on the board on a 4-6-3 double play. In the fifth, Free got English to ground into another GDP, this time started by SS Tracer Lopez who flipped to TJ Pompey who then threw to Gavin Kash to complete the 6-4-3 DP. In the sixth, reliever Josh Sanders ended the inning with a 6-3 DP before a line drive DP in the seventh ended another inning. In the eighth, Sanders erased a lead off single for the Red Raiders seventh double play of the game. The seven double plays were a new school record and tied the all-time NCAA mark. It was the fifth time in NCAA history that a team had turned seven double plays .

UP NEXT:
The Red Raiders open the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Tuesday night against the No. 3 Overall seed. First pitch from Globe Life Field is set 7:30 p.m.

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Release Provided By Andrew Stern Texas Tech Athletics

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