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Texas Tech Hosts ECU in Super Regionals

Texas Tech hosts East Carolina for NCAA Lubbock Super Regional three-game series beginning 7 p.m. Friday at Dan Law Field.

Texas Tech (44-17) Defeated Dallas Baptist In Order To Advance to Supers

  • Texas Tech enters this weekend having won five of its last six NCAA Championship games played inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders swept the 2014 Super Regional at home and then won three of four games last weekend in the NCAA Lubbock Regional.
  • Last weekend they defeated Fairfield by a 11-run margin and then got a big rally victory against New Mexico to advance to what could be the final game of the Lubbock regional. Dallas Baptist bounced back and defeated Tech, forcing the winner-takes-all game where Texas Tech won 5-3 in order to advance to the Super Regional.
  • After the Fairfield game Texas Tech did not have their power offense the rest of the weekend, but it more so came down to timely hits. Against New Mexico, Ryan Long hit a two-RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning to rally and tie the game, and the next inning Stephen Smith hit the game winning home run. The next game against Dallas Baptist Texas Tech came back to put up six runs and cut their lead, but could not find those timely hits in the end. They did find them in the final game though. Orlando Garcia hit a two-run double to break the tie against Dallas Baptist in the final game.
  • The biggest performance on the mound was from Ryan Moseley, despite his struggles throughout the season. Moseley started the final game going for fourth and a third allowing one run on three hits and two walks. 
  • Tech had 4,811 fans on hand for the 2014 NCAA Super Regional and then had 4,732 fans in attendance all four days last weekend for the NCAA Lubbock Regional. Tickets sold out for the Super Regional less than 24 hours after Tech's win over Dallas Baptist in the championship game of the Regional. 

Eastern Carolina (37-21-1) Wins Charlottesville Regional 

  • Eastern Carolina comes to Lubbock after clinching the Charlottesville Regional Championship in just three games. First they defeated Bryant in their first game of the tournament 9-1. The next day they took down the reining CWS Champions, Virginia,  8-6 in walk-off fashion. They have also took a regular series away from them back in February winning two of the three. Finally, they beat No. 4 seed William and Mary 8-4 to keep their postseason run alive. 
  • This is their fourth super regional appearance, the first since 2009 and they are seeking their first CWS appearance. 
  • The bats were hot for ECU last weekend and the team ended with a .370 average and a total of 40 hits in the three games in the Regional. Kirk Morgan and Charlie Yorgen lead the weekend with .667 and .600 averages respectively. Three more ECU players batted over 400 on the weekend.
  • On the mound East Carolina only allowed a total of 11 runs in the three games last weekend. Friday's starter Evan Kruczynski threw seven shut out innings against Bryant after allowing six hits and three walks and also struck out six. He earned First-Team All-American Conference honors in 2016 as well.

The Matchup

  • Friday will mark the first ever meeting between Texas Tech and East Carolina on a baseball diamond. Texas Tech is 74-64 all-time against current members of the America Athletic Conference. 
  • The defensive player to watch would be Evan Kruczynski and on the offense would be freshman outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton who is hitting .458 on the season with 27 RBI and five home runs Williams-Sutton also garnered Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball and was named First-Team All-American Conference.

Projected Pitching 

Texas Tech Rotation:

  • Friday- RHP Davis Martin (9-0, ERA: 2.31)
  • Saturday- LHP Steven Gingery (4-2, ERA: 3.38)
  • Sunday- RHP Ryan Moseley (6-4, ERA:5.44)

East Carolina Rotation:

  • Friday- LHP Evan Kruczynski  (7-1, ERA: 1.86)
  • Saturday- RHP Jimmy Boyd (7-5 ERA:2.90)
  • Sunday- LHP Jacob Wolfe (6-3, ERA:2.66)

Where You Can Watch and Listen 

  • Friday (7 p.m.)- ESPN U 
  • Saturday (2p.m.)- ESPN U
  • Sunday (2 p.m.)- ESPN U or ESPN 2
  • You can listen to all of the games on the TTU Sports Network

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