LUBBOCK, Texas– No. 8 Texas Tech (39-19, 14-10 Big 12) drops the series opener 15-3 to the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal (37-15, 17-10 Pac 12) behind a career performance by Stanford pitcher, Brenden Beck.
Player of the Game
From the first pitch, Beck asserted his dominance. In 7.1 innings, he recorded 13 strikeouts (career-high), one walk, two earned runs, and the win through 114 pitches. His stamina in this game has allowed for the entire Stanford bullpen to be of use for the rest of this series.
Starting off this game, Tim Tawa hit a one-out home run. The Cardinal then had three consecutive two-out singles that brought in three more runs in the top of the first, which gave them an early 4-0 lead.
Texas Tech had a few scoring opportunities with a Cole Stilwell home run and rbi single in the fourth and sixth innings respectively to make it 6-2, but the Cardinal offense was just too much for the Red Raiders to keep up with.
In the final three innings, Stanford outscored Texas Tech nine to one. This scoring run effectively took any chance of a Red Raider comeback out of the question, and following this sequence, Tadlock, opted to make some major roster substitutions in the field by putting four new guys in the lineup (Cody Masters, Max Marusak, Dillon Carter, and Brayden Runion). Texas Tech ended up losing 15-3.
Texas Tech Pitching
From the mound, Texas Tech struggled to put it lightly. Starting pitcher, Chase Hampton only got through 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs.
Six Red Raiders came in from the pen. Collectively, they allowed nine hits and 11 runs through 5.2 innings. What seemed to be a strong point last weekend turned into our greatest weakness in this matchup.
Texas Tech will host Stanford for Game 2 on June 12th at 2 p.m. CT at Dan Law Field. The game will be live on ESPN U and the Texas Tech Sports Network will have the radio call.
Game 2 will be an elimination game for the Red Raiders and Patrick Monteverde will be on the mound for the first pitch.