No. 6 Texas Tech scored every inning and eventually run-ruled No. 2 TCU 21-6 to win the series on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Raiders boosted their run total for the week to 60 runs after their offense completely dominated the Horned Frog’s pitching in the series finale. Each player in the lineup had at least one hit, one RBI and accounted for a run scored. Tech totaled 20 hits, 19 RBI, and four home runs in the contest.
Initially, the momentum wasn’t in Texas Tech’s favor as TCU came out and scored two runs on starter Ryan Shetter in the first inning. The bats came through and put up three runs in the bottom of that inning and never stopped.
“We’ve gone through a lot of stuff…” Tadlock explained mentioning the injuries, “and we really had to pull together and pull through the adversity. The guys showed a lot of resilience today with everything our club is going through. You see teams do that, you don’t see college teams always do it.”
The Red Raiders pulled off this offensive explosion without some of their best including Tanner Gardner and Michael Davis, who are both working through injuries. Instead, freshman Brian Klein stepped up at second base and had an answer at the plate. Tadlock said he has been impressed with Klein and how he battled against talented pitching after Klein went 3-for-7 with four RBI in between both games on Sunday.
“Throughout the whole year we have been using Brian, early against the better pitching and he continues to give us really good at bats against good pitching, which has really been neat We did that in Minute Maid,” Tadlock said, “but Michael Davis is a really good college second baseman and you’re going hey you want the range, the arm but all along we knew Brian Klein could swing the bat...Funny how things happen.”
Texas Tech’s lineup was comprised of five freshmen, including Klein, who went 11-for-22 at the plate with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. John McMillon started to emerge as Texas Tech’s very own Luken Baker as he hit two home runs on the weekend. Tadlock said he wasn't surprised that the freshman showed up but is proud of their consistency.
"I wouldn't say surprised by any means," Tadlock said. "Sustaining it - I think Berglund went through some stuff because he hasn't caught this many games in his life. I think yesterday, it might have helped him...The other guys Little, Jung, Klein those guys don't surprise us. They are here because we have a lot of faith, trust, and belief in what they do. There is a lot of twenty years olds in the big leagues and if you can play baseball, you play."
The guys on the mound were equally impressive as they held TCU, a team with a .275 batting average to just a field goal, or three runs. Ryan Shetter got the win after working out of jams effectively. He only allowed two runs on six hits and five walks through five innings. Jacob Patterson came in pitch two innings in relief and only allowed two hits in the final inning, one of which scored on an error.
Both Orlando Garcia and Hunter Hargrove agreed that this win is sweet considering the standings, in-state rivalry and the way they lost to TCU in Omaha last year. This statement win shows the message they have been trying to get across all year which is to win more than a Big 12 Championship.
“As far as the Big 12 championship and all that goes that really doesn’t play a factor right now. We are going game by game but as far as the bigger picture goes we are trying to get somewhere else, somewhere bigger than just the Big 12 championship…” Garcia said. “We haven’t reached our max potential at this point.”