The Texas Tech Red Raiders march for a Big 12 title came to a screeching halt on Monday when it was reported by D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers that ace Steven Gingery is done for the season with a torn UCL.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) February 19, 2018
Gingery left Saturday’s start against Maine after just 2 1/3 innings, allowing no hits or runs, and striking out three. After the game, it was reported that the lefty had “pain” in his pitching elbow area and head coach Tim Tadlock admitted, “It’s a concern.”
Well the Red Raiders have received the worst news possible. Texas Tech was tabbed the favorite, by a single vote, to edge out TCU for the Big 12 title this season. But those odds have taken a huge blow. Gingery was the National Pitcher of the Year in 2017 after going 10-1, with a 1.58 ERA in 91.1 innings pitched. He racked up more strikeouts (107) than hits (60), earned runs (16), and walks (29) combined (105).
The good news is that Tech still has a very good rotation, but there is certainly more pressure on the arms of Ryan Shetter, Davis Martin and Dylan Dusek, who picked up the win in relief for Gingery on Saturday.
The Red Raiders wrapped up a four-game sweep of the University of Maine on Sunday. They have a mid-week game against New Mexico State University before hitting the road for the first time this season to play University of Texas San Antonio this weekend.