No. 10 Red Raiders Host Midweek Series With Oral Roberts
On the strength of taking two of three games from No. 28 San Diego State, the Texas Tech baseball team moved up from No. 13 to No. 10 in the most recent National Baseball Writers Association poll.
The Red Raiders (14-5) open a two-game midweek series against Oral Roberts University (9-8) at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Game two is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Oral Roberts went 3-1 last week winning at Oklahoma (5-1) in the midweek and taking two of three games from North Dakota State in Tulsa last weekend. ORU is batting .278 as a team with a 3.46 ERA and a .961 fielding percentage. Tech is 12-1 at home this season while the Golden Eagles are 2-2 on the road.
Tech has had a good deal of success against the Golden Eagles in recent times.Tech has won 10 of the last 11 meetings with ORU dating back to 1988.Texas Tech leads Oral Roberts 11-8 in the all-time series, including a 6-1 record in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders went 4-0 against. ORU in 2014 sweeping a 3-game series at home and winning a midweek game in Tulsa.
The Tech pitching staff its last 4 midweek games: 4-0, 2.54 ERA, 53 strikeouts, 11 walks. Head Coach Tim Tadlock will send sophomore left-hander Ty Damron (2-0, 2.66) to the mound Tuesday, and junior righty Johnathon Tripp (1-0, 2.70) is slated to start Wednesday.
ORU has not named its starters for the midweek series.
The Red Raiders are back home for just a brief minute before returning to the road this weekend to open Big 12 play at Oklahoma.