No. 2 Texas Tech baseball returns home after a successful weekend in Round Rock to host the Southern Jaguars (2-3) in a two-game midweek series, starting Tuesday at 2 p.m. and carrying into a 1 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
The Red Raiders (6-1), who posted a 2-1 mark over the weekend at the Round Rock Classic, turn their attention to the first midweek of the season with sophomore lefty Mason Montgomery (1-0) scheduled to start on Tuesday and sophomore right-hander Hunter Dobbins (0-0) slated for Wednesday.
Both games will be available on TexasTech.TV with a paid subscription. Fans can also tune in to the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM and the TuneIn app.
Individual game tickets are available at www.TexasTech.com, by calling 806-742-TECH, or at the Rip Griffin Park ticket office starting two hours prior to first pitch. Tech students are permitted to enter the ballpark with a backpack after it is checked at the gate.
With its showing this weekend, Tech moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the D1Baseball poll, reaching consensus top-5 status in the six polls. Although no longer ranked in the top spot in any polls, the Red Raiders jumped two spots in Baseball America's poll to No. 2, which is the highest Texas Tech has ever been ranked by Baseball America.
The Red Raiders start midweek play this week with Southern after going 9-4 last season in midweek contests. This week kicks off a busy stretch where Tech will play a midweek contest for eight straight weeks with half of those away from home. The Red Raiders will not have more than one day between games until March 30-31 after a home series with Kansas State and prior to a road game at UTSA.
Tuesday will mark the first meeting between Texas Tech and Southern on the diamond in the history of the two programs. The Red Raiders are 11-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Tech finished the 2019 season with a 9-4 mark in midweek contests.
Backed by a large contingent of Red Raider faithful in Round Rock, Tech went 2-1 at the inaugural event with wins over No. 15 Stanford and Houston after dropping its first game of the season Friday against Tennessee, who entered the polls as high as No. 19 this week.
The Red Raiders enter the midweek matchup with a 4-0 record at Rip Griffin Park after opening the season 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.
Following the midweek set, Tech heads to Tallahassee, Fla., where it'll meet fellow 2019 College World Series participant Florida State for two games along with a matchup against Florida Atlantic. The action starts at 1 p.m. Friday against FAU before Tech takes on the Seminoles Saturday and Sunday. Both contests against FSU will appear on ACC Network Extra.