Lubbock Regional preview

For the 12th consecutive season the Florida Gators will be playing in the NCAA tournament. However, for the first time since 2013 the Gators journey to get to the College World Series will not begin at McKethan Stadium. This Friday the Gators’ quest to get back to Omaha for the fifth straight season begins in Lubbock, Texas.

Here is a quick look at the Lubbock Regional, a snapshot of the teams that will join them, streaming information and game times all weekend.

Who:
1. Texas Tech (39-17)
2. Dallas Baptist (41-18)
3. Florida (33-24)
4. Army (35-24)

What: Lubbock Regional

Schedule:
2019 NCAA Lubbock Regional Schedule

Friday, May 31
Game 1: 4 p.m. ET – No. 4 Army vs. No. 1 Texas Tech (ESPN3)
Game 2: 8 p.m. ET – No. 3 Florida vs. No. 2 Dallas Baptist (ESPN3)

Saturday, June 1
Game 3: TBA – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (ESPN3)
Game 4: TBA – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: TBA – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (ESPN3)
Game 6: TBA – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (ESPN3)

Monday, June 3
Game 7: (if necessary) TBA – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (ESPN3)

Where: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park

Nicknamed “The Law” Dan Law Field seats 4,432 after a renovation in 2012. The surface is artificial turf.
Dimensions:
LF – 330
CF – 404
RF – 330

How to watch: The Lubbock Regional will not be broadcast on television. The games will all be streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN.

No. 1 Seed Texas Tech

This is the fourth straight season the Red Raiders will hos ta Regional. Tim Tadlock’s team is the only one in the country to host a Regional in each of the last four seasons. The Red Raiders are the No. 8 National Seed in the tournament.

Texas Tech comes in hot, winners in 16 of its last 20 games. They are hitting .301 at as ballclub and averaging 7.6 runs per game. On the mound, however, they have the worst ERA of the four teams in the Regional (4.00).

Hitters
Cameron Warren – .361, .450 OBP, .659 SLG, 75 H, 56 R, 16 2B, 14 HR, 67 RBI
Josh Jung – .332, .471 OBP, .609 SLG, 67 H, 55 R, 21 2B, 11 HR, 53 RBI
Brian Klein – .326, .422, OBP .436 SLG, 71 H, 49 R, 17 2B, 1 HR, 49 RBI

Pitchers
Caleb Killian – 8-3, 3.89 ERA, 78.2 IP, 68 H, 36 R, 34 ER, 17 BB, 67 K
Micah Dallas – 5-0, 3.75 ERA, 60 IP, 56 H, 26 R, 25 ER, 24 BB, 66 K
Bryce Bonnin – 5-1, 4.91 ERA, 47.2 IP, 40 H, 29 R, 26 ER, 36 K

No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist University

The Patriots will square off against the Gators on Friday night. They are one of nine teams that’s have made the NCAA Tournament in at least six-consecutive seasons joining Florida, Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Louisville. The Patriots have the most wins (48) of any team in the regional and have a 10-6 record against NCAA tournament teams this season.

The Patriots have two very good arms in MD Johnson and Jordan Martinson and play an aggressive style of baseball. They will bunt, hit-and-run, steal and they have bats that can find the gaps and hit balls over the fence as well. They’ve been a complete and steady team all season.

Offensively Dallas Baptist does a little bit of everything. They have six batters with 10 or more doubles, three with double-digit stolen bases and more than 40 sacrifice flies/bunts this season.

Hitters
Luke Bandy – .346, .432 OBP, .527 SLG, 63 H, 40 R, 11 2B, 6 HR, 28 RBI
Jimmy Glowenke – .326, .431 OBP, .463 SLG, 74 H, 48 R, 5 HR, 39 RBI
Bryce Ball – .308, .428 OBP, .603 SLG, 66 H, 51 R, 12 2B, 17 HR, 52 RBI

Pitching
MD Johnson – 9-2, 2.46 ERA, 91.1 IP, 65 H, 30 R, 25 ER, 23 BB, 105 K
Jordan Martinson – 8-3, 2.50 ERA, 93.2 IP, 73 H, 27 R, 26 ER, 25 BB, 108 K

No. 4 seed Army

Army makes the NCAA tournament as Champions of the Patriot League and will open up Friday afternoon with Texas Tech. Army played just one game against a Power 5 school this season, a 6-5 loss to LSU back in February.

Army has a nice 3.86 team ERA but are hitting just .273 as a team and slugging just .385, lowest in the regional.

Hitters
Jacob Hurtubise – .386, .550 OBP, .456 SLG, 74 H, 70 R, 6 2B, 4 3B, 26 RBI
Anthony Giachin – .323, .413 OBP, .518 SLG, 73 H, 49 R, 24 2B, 6 HR, 67 RBI

Pitchers
Tyler Giovinco – 8-5, 3.43 ERA, 89.1 IP, 95 H, 44 R, 34 ER, 19 BB, 66 K
Daniel Burggraaf – 5-2, 2.85 ERA, 82 IP, 66 H, 34 R, 26 ER, 21 BB, 82 K

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