Texas Tech had an impressive crop of power arms. (Texas Tech)

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Round Rock Classic: Texas Tech’s Righties Shine, Vols Get Late Surge

At The Ballpark

What’s Covered:

  • Texas Tech’s Bonnin, Dallas Shine against Stanford
  • Tennessee uses heroics, stellar Leath to take down UH

ROUND ROCK, Texas — As Texas Tech prepared for the start of the 2020 campaign back in January, the talk in Lubbock was that righthander Bryce Bonnin was ready to take a big step forward and become a potential staff ace for Tim Tadlock’s club.

He wasn’t perfect Saturday night in a 7-2 win over Stanford, but he showed flashes of being that bonafide ace type of pitcher. In addition to showing electric stuff against the Cardinal, he also overcame some early adversity against the Cardinal.

He earned solid marks from his head coach.

“I thought he settled in and continued to do a really good job of pitching,” Tadlock said about Bonnin. “He executed some pitches and I’m really proud of him for doing that.

I don’t know what the stuff was from a numbers standpoint, but he looked plenty good to me,” he continued. “More importantly, he was out there and executing some big pitches. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but he was efficient and stayed out there and made it through five innings.”

Though Bonnin finished the night in impressive fashion, things looked a little bleak in the first inning. He struck out talented Stanford freshman Brock Jones to begin the game, but promptly walked Christian Molfetta before Tim Tawa smashed a 94 mph fastball well over the wall in left field for a two-run home run.

Facing immediate adversity, it was interesting to see how Bonnin would handle it, especially with the Red Raiders looking to bounce back from Friday’s loss to Tennessee.

The righthander responded.

Micah Dallas looks terrifying in his new-look relief role (TTU photo)

He proceeded to strike out Nick Brueser on an 86 mph offering before striking out Christian Robinson on a 96 mph heater to end the top of the first inning. He’d add two more strikeouts to his resume the next frame, ending the inning with strikeouts on a pair of sliders.

He didn’t allow a run the rest of the night.

“He’s got good velocity, right? He’s going to challenge you a little bit, and with a young lineup with a bunch of free swingers, he was able to get into some leverage counts a little easier against us than he might with some lineups with experience.

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