| March 30, 2021
Hayde Key, a freshman pitcher from Texas Tech University and future Santa Barbara Forester, already knows a thing or two about playing in big moments.
With a 19-4 overall record, the 2021 Texas Tech team has been consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the nation. The most recent poll from BaseballAmerica.com has the Red Raiders coming in at No. 4. Topping that list is Arkansas, who took on Texas Tech on opening night, the first game back for each team after the COVID-19 hiatus. This also happened to be the college debut for Key, who head coach Tim Tadlock trusted to preserve a 1-run lead in the 8th inning.
Key worked through a scoreless 8th frame with two strikeouts. Texas Tech knew they had something special in Key. He has been consistently solid out of the bullpen, tied for third on the team in appearances, and striking out 12 batters over 8.2 innings. His best outing came on March 5 against Texas State where he posted three scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out five.
It should not come as a surprise that Key is prepared to perform in big moments. His great grandfather was a 13-year MLB veteran, and he has other family members with professional baseball experience. Turning in a 13-2 record with a 1.17 ERA his senior year at Ridge Point High School earned him First Team All-State honors in Texas, and the number 33-ranked overall prospect in the state out of high school. Key will be taking these credentials west this summer to compete with the Santa Barbara Foresters.Follow along with the future Forester pitcher here.
Photo credit - Gregg Ellman, Texas Tech Athletics
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