Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, Lubbock, TX
June 9 – 3 PM ET – ESPNU
June 10 – 6 PM ET – ESPNU
June 11 – 4 PM ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
This is the series of the expected team against the unexpected team, both looking for a spot in Omaha. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are one of the favorite teams in this years tournament and the Duke Blue Devils just shocked No. 8 Seed Georgia. This super regional will be a fun one for sure.
Reasons to Root
Josh Jung is one of the best hitters in the country with a .384 average, 12 home runs and 77 RBI. Grant Little is right behind him with a .380 average, 12 home runs and 70 RBI. Those two are fun to watch in the middle of the Red Raider order. Actually, 8-of-9 hitters in their lineup are hitting .290 or better. That doesn’t happen by accident. This is good team who is ready for the challenge of a super regional and beyond. Also, the Red Raiders have three strong starters in Caleb Kilian, Ryan Shetter and Davis Martin. None are as strong as Steven Gingery who was lost at the start of the season, however they have been reliable and solid all season.
Reasons to Root for Duke
The top two hitters for the Blue Devils entering the season were Jimmy Herron and Griffin Conine. Herron has been solid all season, hitting .298 with 59 runs scored. Conine has been much more up-and-down than Herron, but does lead the team with 18 home runs and 52 RBI. While the Blue Devils don’t have the same number of solid arms that Texas Tech has, you never know what could happen. The Blue Devils didn’t knock out Georgia by accident and they have the tools to knock out the Red Raiders too.