Tech beginning pitcher named vs. Military

Texas Tech's Chase Hampton (28) throws the ball during a Red Dirt Rivalry game May 4 against Oklahoma at HODGETOWN Stadium in Amarillo. Hampton was named the Red Raiders starter in the 11 a.m. Friday opening game against Army in the NCAA Lubbock Regional. [Michael C. Johnson /For A-J Media]

In the biggest game of the season, to date, Tim Tadlock elected to go with the hot hand.

The ninth-year Texas Tech coach announced Chase Hampton would start against Army in the 11 a.m. Friday opener of the NCAA Lubbock Regional at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The other contest pits North Carolina (27-25) and UCLA (35-18), which is slated to start at 6 p.m.

“Chase threw the ball awful well when we want up to Amarillo against a really good team (Oklahoma in a neutral-site contest),” Tadlock said. “Threw the ball really well against Kansas and then got a little bit of work last week (in the Big 12 Tournament). Just feel like he’s in a good spot to take the ball tomorrow (Friday).”

The freshman right-handed hurler has been, “throwing the ball pretty good,” according to Tadlock and has a solid assortment of pitches to help him against the Black Knights lineup.

Hampton has been tossing the ball well, as of late, using his fastball — which has topped off around 96 miles-per-hour this season — to go along with his off-speed and breaking ball.

In the last 15 2/3 innings, the Kilgore, Texas native has struck out 12, allowed 10 hits and three runs.

Hampton

The highlight of that stretch came on Texas Tech’s designated Senior Day when he struck out a season-high seven and allowed two hits in six innings. His offense — led by Nate Rombach and Cal Conley home runs — aided the Red Raiders in a 5-0 win to allow lone senior Connor Queen to end his season on a high note with a triumph over the Jayhawks.

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