Technical baseball is set for a two-game series against Iowa | Sports

From 3 p.m. on Saturdaythe No. 17 The Texas Tech baseball team will open atNope-series of games against the University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The series was originally slated to be a three-game series, but due to weather, Friday’s game was called off, according to Tech Athletics.

Entering the series, the Red Raiders are 16-3 this season and have won six straight games, according to Tech Athletics.

Tech is coming off a series against New Mexico where they broke the schedule rating records in the first game and had a late rally in the second game to end the scan.

The Hawkeyes enter the series 8-7 this season, according to Iowa Athletics. Despite back-to-back wins over California-Irvine and San Diego State, they’ve lost four of their last six and seven of their last ten.

The weekend series will be the second series between programs and the first since 2011, according to Tech Athletics.

That 2011 encounter took place in Lubbock and the Red Raiders swept the two-game set and outscored the Hawkeyes 15-11.

The Red Adventurers scored the third-most points in the entire NCAA with 177, only behind No. 7 Tennessee and Virginia in the category, according to the NCAA. Iowa is tied for 165th in the category with 84 runs scored, the same as Big 12 conference foe Kansas State.

Iowa’s pitchers have been more formidable than their hitters this season, as its staff holds the 30th-best ERA in the nation with a 3.20, according to the NCAA. Tech, on the other hand, holds the 65th-best ERA in the nation, the mark of 3.97 is the fourth best in the Big 12.

The Red Raiders pitching rotation for the weekend will likely be return to the top of the rotation and to see young Brandon Birdsell, junior Andrew Morris and freshman Mason Molina.

Birdsell is coming off a six-inning no-hitter performance where he struck out 15 batters and didn’t allow a walk, according to Tech Athletics. Birdsell holds the lowest ERA of the pitching staff at 1.80 and has 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings in the series.

monthlina arrives in the series with the second best ERA on the starting staff with a 3.00 and struck out 19 batters in 15 innings pitched, according to Tech Athletics.

Morris struggled early in the season with a 5.12 ERA, but he holds the same WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) as Molina with a rating of 1.40according to Tech Athletics.

the junior had 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings, which is more than Molina who holds 11.4 in the category.

All weekend games will be televised on the Big 10 Network, according to Iowa Athletics.