LUBBOCK – The ACU Wildcats are back on the road this week for a pair of games against two of the top teams in the Big 12 Conference so far this season.
ACU will take on Texas Tech at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffiåçån Park in Lubbock at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and then the Wildcats will head to Stillwater, Okla., to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at 3 p.m. Thursday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Both games will be broadcast on 98.1 FM The Ticket.
The Wildcats are 7-6 in their first season at the NCAA Division I level after Sunday's 2-1 win over Texas-Arlington in Arlington. Texas Tech is 14-3 on the season after sweeping a four-game set from New Mexico State over the weekend.
And Oklahoma State is 11-4 on the year, although the Cowboys just lost two of three games against San Diego in Stillwater.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series against ACU, 27-16, including 21-6 in Lubbock. ACU has lost five straight games against the Red Raiders with the Wildcats' last win in the series coming on April 20, 1976, when ACU beat Tech, 4-3, in Abilene. ACU's last win in Lubbock was on April 29, 1967, when Bill Gilbreth fired a no-hitter against the Red Raiders in a 1-0 win. The last time ACU and Texas Tech met on the baseball field was on April 20, 2004, with the Red Raiders taking a 19-9 win over the Wildcats.
ACU has been led offensively all season by senior catcher Seth Spivey, who moved from the leadoff spot to the No. 3 hole in the lineup for Sunday's game against UTA and hit a two-run home run in the first inning that provided the Wildcats with all of the runs they would need. Spivey is hitting .529 on the season, which would rank fifth in the country if ACU's statistics counted in this year's NCAA statistical rankings.
Freshman outfielder Brandon Grudzielanek is the only other Wildcat hitting better than .300 right now as he sits at .408 through 13 games. ACU is hitting .294 as a team, while opponents are hitting .265.
ACU is scheduled to start Nate Cole on the mound against Texas Tech and Austin Lambright again Oklahoma State. Cole – who got the final out and the save in Sunday's win over UTA – is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts this season. Lambright, meanwhile, is 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA in four appearances (all starts).
The Red Raiders are hitting .302 as a team and are led offensively by Eric Gutierrerez and Adam Kirsch, who are hitting .386 and .375, respectively. Kirsch, in fact, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after he hit .412 (7-for-17) with three runs, three doubles, a home run, seven RBI, six walks, .542 on-base percentage and .765 slugging percentage against New Mexico State.
The pitching staff has a 3.02 team ERA and is led by Dominic Moreno (1-2, 1.69 ERA), Chris Sadberry (2-0, 2.21 ERA) and Cameron Smith (4-0, 3.38 ERA). Texas Tech hasn't yet announced its starting pitcher for Tuesday's game.
Oklahoma State is scheduled to take on Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before hosting the Wildcats on Thursday.
The Cowboys have lost two straight entering Tuesday night's game and are led offensively by Zach Fish and Donnie Walton, who are hitting .365 and .333, respectively. The normally offensively potent Oklahoma State is hitting just .253 as a team, while opponents are hitting .275.
The pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.03 and is led by Jon Perrin (2-0, 2.50 ERA) and Thomas Hatch (2-2, 5.32 ERA in four starts).