Texas Tech baseball continues to post eyebrow raising milestones seemingly every week.
Most recently, the No. 4 Red Raiders travelled down to Austin during SXSW last weekend and promptly swept their three-game series with the No. 21 Texas Longhorns.
So much for the UT mystique. The days of the Texas Tech baseball program freezing up against blue blood programs appear to be over under manager Tim Tadlock and Co. In fact, the Red Raiders don't appear frightened by any opponent in any ballpark as they have won their last six games against ranked opponents, including the last five away from The Law.
As for the sweep over the Horns, it was Tech's first ever over Texas in a three-game series according to TexasTech.com. The Red Raiders (17-4 overall, 3-0 in the Big 12) took the first two games Friday and Saturday behind excellent performances from aces Davis Martin (3-1) and Steven Gingery (4-0) winning both by a 2-1 count. The bullpen was outstanding as well with Parker Mushinski, John McMillon, Jacob Patterson and Jose Quezada all combining for just under six innings of work the first two games without surrendering a run.
Tech relief pitchers gave up just two runs all series and both came Sunday in the Red Raiders' 8-5 victory. Even then Tech's bullpen allowed just two runs in five innings in relief of starter Ryan Shetter (2-0). Mushinski, who struck out four Longhorns in 2.1 innings of work on Friday, also picked up the win Sunday. Dylan Dusek, who didn't so much as allow a UT baserunner in three full innings on the mound, notched his first save of the season.
After plating a combined four baserunners in the first two games, the Red Raiders busted through for eight runs Sunday to complete the sweep. Orlando Garcia opened things up with a solo blast to left field in the second inning for his team-leading fourth homer of the season. Back-to-back doubles from Tanner Gardner and Hunter Hargrove in the fourth inning helped Tech to a 7-3 lead.
Then finally, freshman John McMillon, who had four previous collegiate at-bats, served as DH on Sunday after picking up his third save on the mound on Friday. McMillon finished 2-for-5 at the plate and scored two runs, one of which came on a solo shot in the eighth.
Other Notable Stats
- The weekend sweep marks Texas Tech's first 3-0 Big 12 start since 1999.
- Texas Tech is alone atop the Big 12 standings
- Freshman catcher Michael Berglund drove in a run in each of the three games and finished 4-for-12 for the series.
- Texas Tech is a combined 2-2 against UT-San Antonio and UT-Arlington this season
- Texas Tech is 3-0 against UT-Austin this season
- Saturday night starter Steven Gingery leads the Red Raiders in wins (4-0), ERA (1.23), Strikeouts (36) and innings pitched (36.2)
- Junior second baseman Michael Davis belted his third homer of the season in Tech's 2-1 win Friday after posting three dingers all of last season
The Red Raiders return to the friendly confines of The Law where they are 9-1 so far this season for a two-game midweek series against UNLV (10-11). Then Tech heads back on the road for a three-game weekend tilt with the Wichita State Shockers (11-8 overall, 9-0 at home). All times listed below are Central Standard Time.
- Texas Tech vs. UNLV--Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Texas Tech vs. UNLV--Wednesday, Noon
- Texas Tech at Wichita State--Friday, 6 p.m.
- Texas Tech at Wichita State--Saturday, 2 p.m.
- Texas Tech at Wichita State--Sunday, 1 p.m.