From Texas Tech Athletics:
No. 1/6 Texas Tech baseball will participate in one of the nation’s premier non-conference events this weekend as it faces Tennessee, No. 15/25 Stanford and Houston at the inaugural Round Rock Classic. The event takes place Friday-Sunday at Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express.
The Red Raiders (4-0) will be featured in the prime time slot both Friday and Saturday nights as they battle Tennessee (4-0) at 7 p.m., Friday and Stanford (1-3) at 6 p.m., Saturday. Tech closes out with Houston (1-2) at 3 p.m., Sunday.
Head coach Tim Tadlock will stick with the same pitching rotation this weekend with redshirt sophomore right-hander Clayton Beeter (1-0) getting the ball Friday night, sophomore right-hander Austin Becker (1-0) on Saturday and junior right-hander Bryce Bonnin (1-0) on Sunday.
Tech expects to see sophomore right-hander Chad Dallas (1-0) against Tennessee, followed by freshman left-hander Quinn Matthews (0-1) against Stanford. Houston is TBD for Sunday with lefties Lael Lockhart Jr. (0-0) and Clay Aguilar (0-0) scheduled to start Friday and Saturday.
TICKETS & FOLLOW INFO
Tickets are available through RoundRockClassic.Net, starting at $10 for general admission day passes and $25 for weekend passes. The event is partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where $1 of every ticket sold is sent. Gates open one hour prior to first pitch each day.
FloBaseball will stream the event through their website with David Saltzman and Mike Hardage on the call Friday and Saturday. FloBaseball requires an account with a paid subscription to view. Live stats, along with info for fans planning to attend, are provided through the Peak Event mobile app.
As always, fans can tune in to the Texas Tech Sports Network with Jamie Lent and Mike Gustafson over the air. Keep up with the Red Raiders by following @TTU_Baseball on Twitter and Instagram for live updates, photos and videos.
Tech has been a fixture at premier nonconference tournaments throughout the state in recent history. Under head coach Tim Tadlock alone, Tech has participated in the Minute Maid Classic in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Last season, Tech took part in the third-annual Frisco College Classic. The Red Raiders have traveled to Round Rock twice in its history - in 2002 to play Houston, TCU and Texas State in the Lone Star Classic and in 2004 with Notre Dame and Illinois.
Friday’s meeting between Texas Tech and Tennessee will be the second in program history with the Red Raiders winning the only prior meeting, 7-3, at Minute Maid Ballpark in 2008. The Volunteers are the first of two SEC teams Tech will play this season as it faces Mississippi State next month in Biloxi, Miss. Texas Tech is 108-181 all-time against current members of the SEC, including a 4-1 mark last season.
Saturday’s meeting between Texas Tech and Stanford will be the fourth in program history with the Cardinal leading the series, 2-1. All three prior meetings came at the 1995 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional, which was Tech’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Texas Tech is 26-47 all-time against current members of the Pac-12, including a 2-1 record last season as Tech hosted Oregon for a weekend series to open the season.
Sunday’s meeting between Texas Tech and Houston will be the 99th in program history with the Cougars holding a slim 45-43 all-time advantage. Texas Tech and Houston met annually from 1973-1996 as members of the Southwest Conference. Since the Big 12 was formed, the two schools have met 13 times with Tech holding a 7-6 edge in the series. Head coach Tim Tadlock is 1-1 against the Cougars during his time in Lubbock as the two squads met at the Minute Maid College Classic in 2014 and 2016.
Texas Tech opened the 2020 season last week with a pair of resounding wins against both Houston Baptist and Northern Colorado. Tech outscored the Huskies and Bears by a combined score of 65-11 and leads the NCAA in nearly every offensive category heading into week two.
The Red Raiders moved up to No. 1 in two polls this week to achieve its fourth No. 1 ranking in program history and the first since 1997. Additionally, Freshman catcher/designated hitter Nate Rombach was named National Player of the Week by both NCBWA and D1Baseball along with Big 12 Player of the Week, while freshman infielder Jace Jung garnered Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.
While the competition goes up starting in Round Rock, Texas Tech’s explosive opening weekend puts it at the top of the NCAA Rankings heading into the second week of the season. The Red Raiders are 1st in batting, 1st in slugging, 1st in on base percentage, 1st in runs per game, 1st in home runs and 5th in hits. Five Red Raiders are hitting over .500 after week one while two more are over .400. Five different Red Raiders have hit home runs and four players rank in the top 30 in runs scored.
Rombach’s big weekend puts him tied for the national lead with five home runs and second in runs batted in. He leads the country in total bases and ranks fourth in slugging. He is also tied for seventh in the country, along with teammate Dylan Neuse, with nine runs scored. Jung, meanwhile, ranks third in the country in RBI and 22nd in total bases.
The Red Raiders will return to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park next week to host Southern for the first midweek series of the season. The action begins Tuesday at 2 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. first pitch Wednesday. Both games will stream on TexasTech.TV and live on the Texas Tech Sports Network.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on TexasTech.com or by calling 806-742-TECH. The Rip Griffin Park Ticket Office opens on gamedays two hours prior to first pitch.