The Frogs started the weekend with a dramatic win, but fell short the next two allowing the Red Raiders to win the series and the conference title.
Tech would take a 6-2 lead in the fifth on a Cole Stillwell double down the left field line to score Josh Jung and was up 7-3 in the seventh when Neuse took a bases-loaded walk. The Red Raiders scored their final run of the game in the eighth when Warren tripled and scored on a Wilson groundout.
Neuse finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI, while leadoff hitter Gabe Holt and Wilson each had singles for the Red Raiders, who compiled an 11-7 hit advantage over the Horned Frogs in the series finale.
With 16 strikeouts on Saturday, Tech pitchers racked up 45 strikeouts in the series with 21 in Thursday’s 14-inning affair on eight in Friday’s 7-2 victory. The Red Raiders finished with 232 strikeouts of opposing hitters during Big 12 play, leading the conference in both strikeouts and team ERA at 3.45.
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock secured his 275th win as the program’s head coach. In seven seasons, he has led the Red Raider Baseball program to three Big 12 titles along with its first three trips to the College World Series.
Niang will be the next Frog to try and be a high draft pick.
The 6-foot-7, 328-pound Niang is the most experienced offensive lineman returning for the Frogs for the 2019 season. A native from Connecticut, Niang has appeared 37 games in his career with 22 starts. As a junior in 2018, Niang was named second-team All-Big 12 and first-team All-Big 12 by Pro Football Focus. In 2018 Niang was the only lineman to start all 13 games while not allowing a single sack. Niang finished the season with a 86.3 percent grade by Pro Football Focus, which made him the highest-graded pass blocker in the Big 12 that played a minimum of 300 snaps.
Niang did not participate in the Frogs’ spring camp earlier this year but is expected to be fully healthy by the time the Frogs start fall camp. In addition to Niang, the Frogs return starters Anthony McKinney, Austin Myers and Cordel Iwuagwu.
Oh shocker - TCU offers a kid, gains a commitment, and Texas comes calling.
After garnering an offer from the Horns, Richardson now has 12 respective programs calling for his services, but landing the three-star running back will be a tough task at this point in time for any school. Over a week ago, the TCU Horned Frogs landed six of their seven verbal commitments and Richardson just so happened to be one of those recruits, as his pledge came on the heels of his May 3 official visit to Fort Worth.
Just weeks earlier, Arkansas was considered the team to beat, with Richardson naming the Razorbacks as his outright leader in mid-April.
As far as Texas is concerned, Richardson has visited the Forty Acres in the past, so there could be mutual interest after this offer that may potentially lead to the OKPreps standout making another trip to Austin in the future.