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***No. 24 Texas @ No. 9 Texas Tech Series Thread***

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No. 24 Texas (31-17, 12-6) at No. 9 Texas Tech (34-12, 11-7)
May 4-6, 2018

WhereDan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
TimeFriday @ 6:30 p.m. CTSaturday @ 1 p.m. CTSunday @ 2 p.m. CT

TVFriday/Sunday on FSSW+, Saturday on ESPNU

Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260
All-time series: Texas leads
, 110-46

           
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHE
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FRIDAY—Texas Tech RHP Davis Martin (6-3, 3.17) vs. Texas RHP Nolan Kingham (5-2, 3.32)

SATURDAY—Texas Tech RHP Caleb Kilian (7-1, 1.75) vs. Texas RHP Chase Shugart (4-2, 4.43)

SUNDAY—Texas Tech RHP John McMillon (4-2, 4.14) vs. Texas RHP Blair Henley (5-6, 3.32)

 

GAME NOTES

THE MATCHUP—No. 24 Texas heads to No. 9 Texas Tech for a three-game Big 12 Conference matchup…last season, TTU swept Texas in Austin…in 2016, the Longhorns took two of three from the Red Raiders in Lubbock. 

 

A LOOK AT THE RED RAIDERS—Texas Tech is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest D1Baseball poll…the Red Raiders are 34-12 on the season and an astounding 22-2 at home this year…five Red Raiders are hitting at least .300 this season, led by Josh Jung’s .398/.493/.688 line with nine homers and 61 RBI…Grant Little is right behind Jung, hitting .391/.484/.701 with 10 bombs and 57 RBI for the year…on the mound, Caleb Kilian improved to 7-1 over the weekend with a 1.75 ERA in 14 games (six starts) on the year…three different Red Raiders have collected three saves apiece this year out of the bullpen.

 

A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS—Texas is coming off an 11-10 walk-off win over Texas State on Tuesday night…the Longhorns dropped two of three over the weekend to West Virginia on the road in Morgantown…Texas won Friday night’s game before dropping the next two…Kody Clemens continues to pace the offense with a .333/.437/.644 line to go along with 13 homers and 50 RBI…Zach Zubia has upped his average to .304 on the season to go along with 9 homers and 37 RBI…on the mound, Parker Joe Robinson’s 1.96 ERA over 13 appearances leads the bullpen while Andy McGuire has compiled a 2.66 ERA over 18 appearances with six saves. 

 

NEXT UP—Texas will have the week off for finals before returning to action on May 15 at home against Texas State.

 

THE COMEBACK KIDS—With David Hamilton’s walk-off grand slam on Tuesday night, Texas has now recorded 13 come-from-behind wins this season…the Longhorns trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th against Texas State when Masen Hibbeler and Duke Ellis led off with walks, Kody Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s ninth inning heroics…it’s the Longhorns’ second walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional.

 

THE DUKE—Sophomore transfer Duke Ellis raised his batting average over 30 points in the last five game, going from .263 to .294…the outfielder has hit safely in each of his last eight games and has four multi-hit games in that time…in April, Ellis hit .390/.455/.458…he began the month hitting .224 for the year…he also has nine stolen bases on the year.

 

VROOM VROOM—SS David Hamilton leads the Big 12 with 26 stolen bases on the year…he is the first Longhorn with at least 26 SB since  Golden Spikes Award finalist Drew Stubbs stole that many in 2005…he also leads the team with 6 bunt singles on the year…his 5 triples are also second-most in the Big 12.

 

DEEEEFENSE—The Texas defense has solidified since Big 12 Conference action began…the Longhorns are fielding at a .984 clip over 18 league games, with position players making just eight of the team’s 11 errors…the Horns’ .977 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams…as a team, Texas has also turned 55 double plays on the year, which leads all of Division I.

 

FIVE-OH—Kody Clemens continues to pace the Longhorns offense…he recorded his 50th RBI on Tuesday night, becoming the first Longhorn with 50 RBI since Kevin Keyes and Cameron Rupp in 2010…in April, Perfect Game/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com each announced their Midseason All-America teams and 2B Clemens was named to the first team on both…USA Baseball also announced Clemens as a member of its Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list.

 

ZUUUBOMBS—Redshirt-freshman Zach Zubia elevated his offense in the month of April…the Texas DH hit .338/.449/.615 with four homers and 10 RBI…on the season, Zubia is hitting .304/.435/.559 with 9 HR and 37 RBI. 

 

GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful this season, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 18-of-32 since…since April 2, Petrinsky has also raised his batting average from .221 to .277 on the season and has three HR in that span.

 

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