Over the weekend, the Texas Tech baseball team took two of three games at the Round Rock Classic in the season’s first true test.
After the Texas Tech baseball team opened the weekend by sweeping four games against Houston Baptist and Northern Colorado by a combined score of 65-11, we weren’t certain just what to make of Tim Tadlock’s team. Certainly, that domination was impressive but the level of competition was most definitely lacking.
That’s why Red Raider fans were so interested to find out what the Round Rock Classic would have in store this past weekend. Now, after Tech was able to go 2-1 against Tennessee, Stanford, and Houston we have a better idea of where this team stands.
Friday night, the weekend didn’t get off to a great start as the Volunteers took down the Red Raiders 6-2. That game was essentially over after the first inning when Tennessee plated three runs.
Making his second start of his career, Clayton Beeter was touched for four runs in four innings. After a tough first inning, he settled down to end the day striking out eight hitters while surrendering three walks in what was certainly a learning experience as he continues to figure out how to be a starter.
Saturday saw Tech rebound for a 7-2 win over Stanford. After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, the Red Raiders didn’t allow another run the rest of the way.
Starter Bryce Bonnin was terrific with nine strikeouts in five innings while Micah Dallas was nails out of the pen tossing four scoreless innings while striking out six. Meanwhile, the big hits for Tech were a Cole Stillwell homer to start the scoring in the bottom of the first and a Jace Jung triple in the seventh to give Tech a 4-2 lead.
Sunday’s game was the most dramatic of the weekend as Tech beat Houston 3-2 in 10 innings. The game-winning hit came off the bat of Brian Klien, who singled through the right side of the infield to drive home Dru Baker. It was Klien’s only hit of the weekend.
Vanderbilt transfer Austin Becker got the start and was able to give Tech four innings of two-run baseball. Meanwhile, four relievers combined for six innings of scoreless work with Andrew Devine picking up the win.
A year ago, the Red Raiders participated in a similar early-season event in Frisco, Texas but the results were less positive as Tech lost the first two games of that weekend before having the third game of the event rained out. This time around, the Red Raiders passed their first early-season test against legitimate major conference competition so let’s look inside the weekend for some takeaways from this interesting set of games.