Texas Tech continued to prove that their offense hasn't gone anywhere as they blew out New Mexico State 16-1 in their 2017 home opener.
Orlando Garcia pulled off the second best play in baseball, a three-run homer and the very next at bat he made the best play in baseball, a grand slam. He totaled a career-high seven RBI, which hasn't been done by a Red Raider since Chris Richburg in 2007. Most impressively he did all of that while batting in the 9-hole.
Tim Tadlock admitted that he was shocked by Garcia's performance and that he might have to move him up in the lineup going forward.
"It was just the situation where that is where we have him, but he is getting a lot of chances to drive in some runs it which is good because means the guys in front of him are doing something. Maybe it is time to move him up some time, we will see," he said.
Texas Tech had many guys contribute to today's game. Tadlock was able to play 15 different position players and put five guys on the mound. It led to a well-balanced offensive effort as Texas Tech was able to total 18 hits from 11 different guys and 11 of those hits coming from the new additions to the team.
"That is always good. It is always tough too. It is early in the season and guys need to see pitches. It was good to see Connor Beck come off the bench and get a couple hits and I think Paradowski too got him a knock there and an RBI. Farhat did the same thing. Koelzer did the same thing and that's important to be able to roll guys off there and them be ready to hit. It's not as easy as they made it look, that's for sure," Tadlock said.
Josh Jung, who was named Big 12 newcomer of the week, carried over his solid weekend performance by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Him, Connor Beck and Grant Little all had a multi-hit game Little leading with 3 hits against the Aggies. Little and Jung lead the team with four multi-hit games this season and have proved to be the newcomers to watch, especially at the plate.
Another newcomer that made a difference in today's game was freshman RHP John Henry Gonzalez who turned in a solid start for the Red Raiders and set the tone for the game. He kept the Aggies to just one run on two hits and two walks and fanned five in his five and a third innings. This was a big improvement from his Texas Tech debut against Mississippi State on Friday where he only lasted a third of an inning out of the bullpen.
Coach Tim Tadlock and Orlando Garcia both said after the game that Gonzalez's debut was not what they were used to seeing from him and that today more accurately represented what they had seen all throughout the fall and spring practices.
After Gonzalez was done on the mound the bullpen completely shut out the Aggies and did not allow another hit. Parker Mushinksi, Jacob Patterson, Caleb Kilian and Andrew Davis all contributed to that effort and collectively struck out four batters.
This confidence boosting win was what Texas Tech needed before going into a tougher weekend series against Cal Berkeley, which starts 2 p.m. Friday.