Texas Tech Freshmen Make Big Splash on Opening Weekend
The Texas Tech Red Raiders exploded over the weekend for 65 runs while holding their opponents to just 11 runs in four games. While there are a lot of faces that return for the team and had success this weekend like Clayton Beeter, Micah Dallas, Brian Klein and Braxton Fulford it was the freshmen that really exploded onto the scene and nobody was more explosive than Nate Rombach.
Nobody in the entire country for that matter. Romback was named as National player of the week by two different publications. D1baseball and the NCBWA both named Rombach, or as we call him RomBlast, after he hit 5 home runs in 4 games. He started all four games with two games as DH and two behind the dish at catcher.
It wasn't just Rombach though, Jace Jung also was electric winning Newcomer of the week for the Big 12 for his play at 3rd base and at the plate with a couple of home runs and double digit RBI in his own box score.
Just because those two got the accolades, doesn't mean other freshmen weren't as exciting on opening weekend. Dillon Carter started all four games in the outfield and was productive at the plate getting on base at a .588 clip and stealing three bases on three attempts. Redshirt Freshmen Cal Conley flashed speed and power with two home runs, one inside the park, and TJ Rumfield showed some pop with seven hits in 12 at bats.
On the mound both Andrew Devine and Brandon Hendrix tossed quality innings in relief.
Overall, it was a very strong weekend for the freshmen that expect to be a huge part of this Texas Tech baseball team that has legitimate expectations to not only be in Omaha but make noise once they show up.