Texas Tech Set to Host Super Regional
Texas Tech is hosting the Super Regionals again.
The Red Raiders defeated Dallas Baptist 3-0 Sunday to clinch its fourth Super Regionals berth since 2014. It’s the first time in program history Tech advanced in consecutive years.
Off the playing surface, it seemed like Tech breezed through their regional.
Army never really stood a chance against Tech during its 11-2 drumming. Florida never got a shot at the Red Raiders, and probably should not have been in the field of 64. But hey, we know the NCAA likes to give undeserving Power Five programs a chance. Especially, when they’re from the SEC (10 of 14 SEC teams were selected into the field of 64, Six of those 10 hosted. Four of those 10 had been eliminated before Auburn clinched a Super Regionals berth.)
The one team who seemed to hang with Tech never held a lead against the Red Raiders. They trailed 3-0 in both games thanks to Tech home runs. Dallas Baptist nearly came from behind Saturday. However, Bryce Bonnin had their number Sunday. The Mont Belvieu native tossed seven shutout innings. In those seven innings, he struck out seven while allowing five total baserunners.
The Patriots probably gave a sigh of relief when John McMillon took the mound. It was a chance for fresh meat. Instead, things only got worse. Five of the six necessary outs for McMillon featured walks of shame from the batter’s box to the dugout. Although Dallas Baptist hitters managed two hits against McMillon, he did not surrender a walk.
Texas Tech outscored opponents 17-4 this weekend.
What did Dallas Baptist in Sunday? A Cameron Warren 3-run shot in the first inning. Warren hit a home run in every game during the weekend. Two of those were 3-run dingers.
Tech will now host the winner of Oklahoma State-Connecticut for a best-of-three game series in Lubbock. All three times the Red Raiders appeared in the Super Regionals, they advanced to the College World Series. In those games, Tech is 6-2 and has won by two runs or fewer five times.
The lone time they won by more than two runs was an 11-0 Game Three victory over East Carolina in 2016.