There aren’t many athletes in Texas Tech history that we can categorize as legendary. Off the top of my head, maybe 10-14 total athletes could be considered legends in Texas Tech history. There also aren’t many players that have made an impact from so many positions on the baseball field as Kurt Wilson. He belongs in the legendary category and here are the moments to prove it.
June 20th, 2018, Pitches Shutout Inning in College World Series
This moment isn’t as publicized as some of the others on this list, but it’s just as important and illustrates how versatile Wilson was as a Red Raider. Coming off a regular season where he started in the outfield and appeared in 17 games as a pitcher, Wilson was called upon in the second game of the College World Series. He came in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning, only allowing one baserunner.
June 9th, 2019, Hit Go-Ahead Home Run to Send Red Raiders to Omaha
Going into the 8th inning of a decisive game three against Big 12 Rival Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders were trailing 6-4. Josh Jung hit a solo shot to begin the inning before Cam Warren drew a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Max Marusak. Later in the inning, Cody Masters drew a walk, putting two on with one out for Kurt Wilson who legendarily, hit a pop-fly that left the park!
March 25th, 2022, Walk-Off Stolen Base
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the game tied 4-4. Wilson got on base to start the inning and via a sac bunt and walk, was moved over to third base. With two outs and Dillon Carter up to bat, Wilson stole home to win the game. Texas pitcher Aaron Nixon’s wind-up involved him looking at his shoes for well over three seconds, allowing Wilson to steal home easily.
March 26th, 2022, Walk-Off Grand Slam
The day after stealing home, Kurt Wilson did it again. With two outs and the bases loaded, Wilson unloaded a bomb that gave Texas Tech the series victory.
These moments cemented Wilson as a legend that will never be forgotten. A legendary career that involved playing every position except catcher, Kurt Wilson won’t soon be forgotten by Texas Tech fans.
Thanks for the memories, Kurt.