Weekend Baseball Primer

Texas Tech took last weekend's season-opening series against No. 3 Indiana 3-1 and now look to build on that momentum in a three-game tilt with Oral Roberts and a game against BYU on Monday.

Game One
2:00 p.m. Friday
Texas Tech: Dominic Moreno (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
Oral Roberts: Kurt Giller (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network

Game Two
2:00 p.m. Saturday
Texas Tech: Matt Withrow (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Oral Roberts: Guillermo Trujillo (0-0, 3.86 ERA)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network

Game Three
1:00p.m. Sunday
Texas Tech: Chris Sadberry (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Oral Roberts: Gavin Glanz (0-1, 3.18 ERA)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network

Game Four Vs. BYU 1:00 Monday
Pitchers: TBA
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network

Texas Tech will look to keep its hot hand scorching when they open up the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic with a three-game series against the Oral Roberts Eagles.

The Red Raiders opened up the 2014 season winning three of four games against then-No.3 Indiana. Tech's only loss came in the season opener in a pitcher's duel featuring both team's aces. The Red Raiders had their opportunity to win the game with runners at the corners and no outs, but Indiana managed to get out of the jam grabbing the first out via pick-off.

After being shutout, Tech used four consecutive first inning walks and a Tyler Neslony grand slam to spark a 10-5 victory. The Red Raiders never looked back and seek to continue the dominance against Oral Roberts.

The Eagles are in the opposite boat of Tech. Oral Roberts hosted its opening weekend against Southeast Missouri State and dropped two of the three games. Unless things change, it could be another long weekend the men from Tulsa. Against Southeast Missouri State, ace Kurt Giller was knocked around for six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits.

Combine this with Tech's sizzling offense plus ace Dominic Moreno, who pitched five shutout innings after giving up the only run of the ballgame in the first inning, and things could be ugly Friday. Saturday's matchup features a battle of sophomores when Tech hands the ball to RHP Matt Withrow as he goes up against RHP Guillermo Trujillo. Withrow got lit up with four runs against Indiana, but just one of those was earned. Tech is 6-1 in the last seven games which Withrow starts.

Trujillo is coming off a quality start which he completed seven innings allowing three runs and hit the showers in line for the victory. The sophomore had to swallow a bitter no-decision pill as the Eagles dropped four runs in the final two innings and wound up losing.

Another starter who had a nice debut is junior LHP Chris Sadberry, who is slated to start Sunday. Sadberry made his Red Raider debut tossing five innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out four. He'll face the only Oral Roberts pitcher with a victory, senior Gavin Glanz. Glanz struck out four batters and allowed three hits in 5.2 innings.

The Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic will end Monday with Texas Tech playing BYU. The Cougars started the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi Thursday. The tournament finishes Saturday.

Texas Tech Player to Watch: Senior INF Jake Barrios finished his opening weekend with a head scratcher. Texas Tech took three-of-four from a top-five team in the nation, yet Barrios produced one hit in 15 at-bats. If there's one guy expected to compete with Gutierrez for the team's best hitter, Barrios would be selected hands down. Usually the previous sentence has the two names switched around. Look for MLB Draft prospect to turn on the switch this weekend. If this happens and the lineup stays hot, the Big 12 Conference may be in for a surprise.

Texas Tech Reliever to Watch: Welcome to the Eric Gagne, excuse me, the Jonny Drozd watch. This watch is to see how many consecutive scoreless inning Senior LHP Jonny Drozd will throw. The Grayson County College product is currently at 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings and counting. One would think a top-five team would end that streak after he made two appearances, but instead Drozd allowed one hit in five innings.

Oral Roberts Player to Watch: Junior INF Matt Brandy got to off to a nice start during opening weekend. He hit his first career home run and recorded a double too. The junior, whose 2013 campaign was shortened due to injury, is hitting .417 through 12 at-bats with five runs batted in and two walks.

Oral Roberts Reliever to Watch: Freshman LHP Hayden Holley got summoned from the bullpen twice in his first weekend wearing a collegiate uniform. The lefty tossed 2.1 innings and has yet to allow a runner on base in his short career. Adding on to his impressive first weekend, Holley struck out three.

Notable: Oral Roberts leads the all-time series against Texas Tech 8-7.

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