LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The No. 5 Texas Tech baseball team moves to the middle of its eight-game road trip with a pair of midweek contests at No. 4 Louisville on March 13-14 at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Both games will be available on ACC Network Extra, which is streamed through ESPN.com & the ESPN app. The series can also be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and online at TexasTech.com. Live Stats will also be available at Sidearmstats.com/Louisville/baseball.
Similar to Tech's series at Kentucky, the Red Raiders (15-2) and the Cardinals (14-1) meet for the first time in the two program's histories on Tuesday. Tech has faced seven members of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1993, putting together a 9-8 overall record.
The two-game set will be another highly-ranked matchup for the Red Raiders, with Tech coming in as high as No. 5 this week & Louisville at No. 4. The Red Raiders put together a four-game sweep of the then-No. 11 South Alabama two weeks ago in Lubbock in their first ranked series of the season. Tech put together big scores of 8-1 & 14-2 in the first two games of the series with the Jaguars, then followed it with 5-2 & 9-7 victories in the final two contests to earn their third sweep of the year.
The past weekend in Lexington, the Red Raiders suffered their first losses of the year, dropping the first two games of the series against then-No. 5 Kentucky after beginning the year 14-0. Tech rallied to end the weekend with a 5-3 victory, rolling into Louisville with a 15-2 record.
Tech got 6.2 strong innings out of its bullpen in that final game against the Wildcats, as sophomore right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian tossed 3.1 frames to get the win, giving up one run while striking out five. Senior lefty Dylan Dusek surrendered just one batter via a walk, ringing up five as well, before giving way to senior RHP Jose Quezada to get the save with one pitch, inducing a groundout to end the game.
The Red Raiders scored all five of their runs off two homers against Kentucky in the Sunday finale. Sophomore John McMillon deposited a three-run dinger in the second inning to give Tech the lead, then freshman Gabe Holt pushed the lead back to three with a two-run blast of his own in the fourth.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will send junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shetter to start Tuesday's contest against the Cardinals. The Friendswood native has made three starts this year, putting together a 3-0 record with wins over New Mexico State (2/20), UTRGV (2/27) and New Mexico (3/7). Over 18.0 innings this season, Shetter has struck out 24 and walked five, allowing four runs, three earned, for a 1.50 ERA. Wednesday's starter is TBA.
He'll get to face a hot-hitting Louisville team that checks in with a .301 batting average, with four starters hitting above the team clip. Junior infielder Devin Mann leads the squad with a .340 average, pacing the team in hits (17), RBI (20) and runs (18). He's trailed closely by sophomore infielders Logan Wyatt and Justin Lavey, who have 17 & 16 hits, respectively.
The Cardinals will send out junior right-hander Bryan Hoeing to start Tuesday. This season, Hoeing is 2-0 in three starts with a 6.23 ERA, allowing 14 runs, 12 earned, on 20 hits. Louisville has put together a 3.43 team ERA this season, holding opponents to a .212 batting average at the plate. On the flip side, the Cardinals have tagged opposing pitchers for an 8.09 ERA.
After the series with Cardinals, the Red Raiders make one more trip during spring break to Waco, opening Big 12 play at Baylor on March 16-18 at Baylor Ballpark.