Texas Tech Baseball Falls in Lubbock Super Regional
Texas Tech Baseball’s season has come to an end.
After a succesful season, Red Raiders were outscored 24-3 in two games against the Stanford Cardinals. Resulting in Tech’s first-ever Lubbock Super Regional loss.
How did this happen? Let’s break it down.
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Super Regional play returned to The Law Friday. In a scorcher of a game, with a high of 106 degrees, the Cardinal came out swinging. Stanford put up four runs at the top of the 1st inning. With one home run by Tim Tawa and runs by Kody Huff, Christian Robinson, and Nick Brueser.
Texas Tech answered with a run in the button of the 4th, with a Cole Stillwell home run. Then, starting in the 6th inning, Stanford tacked on runs until the end of the game. Beating the Red Raiders 15-3.
Saturday. Stanford started with three runs after the first and second innings and steadily added runs throughout the game, including four runs at the bottom of the sixth after a Brock Jones grand slam. Brock Jones hit three homers, a solo homer in the first, the grand slam in the sixth, and a solo shot in the eighth. Tech only earned two hits against Cardinal pitcher Alex Williams, who pitched a complete game. Texas Tech lost in a shutout to Stanford 9-0 and bowed out of the tournament, with Stanford making their first College World Series appearance since 2008.
Saturday was tough for Tech off the field. Injuries plagued the Red Raiders, costing them their best players. Pitchers Hunter Dobbins, Austin Becker, Jakob Brutowski, and Brandon Birdsell were all out due to injuries. Dylan Neuse was out due to a back injury from April. A big loss for the Red Raiders was Cal Conley, who was out due to a non-COVID related situation.
Despite these injuries that followed the Red Raiders from the beginning of the season and continued throughout, there are many more positives. Finishing in the Super Regionals isn’t half bad. The #1 team in the nation, the Arkansas Razorbacks, outscored the NC State Wolfpack 28-11 in their Super Regional and lost their first weekend series. The preseason #1 team in baseball, the Florida Gators, didn’t even make it this far. The same can be said for regional hosts Louisiana Tech, Oregon, Old Dominion (And hosts of the Old Dominion regional South Carolina), and TCU.
Let’s go back to the beginning of the season at the College Baseball Showdown in Arlington, where the Red Raiders went 0-3 against Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Of the six teams invited to play ball at Globe Life Field, only three are in the CWS.
This season had a lot of ups and downs. While this loss in the Supers is a down, there are positives. Tim Tadlock is here for life after signing a redone contract, valued at 1.2 million dollars. Tech is building a new 12.5 million dollar baseball facility after plans were announced earlier this year. Jace Jung and Cal Conley were honored with multiple awards this season, including NCBWA Freshman of the Year honors for Josh Jung.
The future is bright at Texas Tech Baseball. Now, it’s time to regroup and run it back in 2022.
Written by Campus Live Intern Dylan Winn
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