Ask any rabid Texas Tech baseball fan if they would have taken the results of this past weekend in Houston — and I did ask a couple of them that I know — and the overwhelming majority would likely have said yes.
Given the Red Raiders’ struggles over the last 20 years against Rice, most would trade losing to Sam Houston and Houston to beat the Owls, which Tech did, 2-1, on Sunday, to go 1-2 at the Houston College Classic and break a 15-game losing streak to Rice.
Brett Bell, who played for Texas Tech in 2013 but who was not on the opening-day roster for the Red Raiders in 2014, was arrested late Friday night on three drug-related charges.
Bell, 21, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (between 4-400 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said that Bell had been suspended indefinitely before the season, and his name is not on the Tech roster nor was he included in the 2014 media guide.
Texas Tech junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot is out indefinitely with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder suffered in practice this week.
Tech officials said the coaching staff is optimistic about his return this season but do not have a timetable set for any return at this point.
Proudfoot reportedly suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in the shoulder.
In his career, which spans two full seasons and four games, Proudfoot has started in 110 of the 111 games in which he has played, including 52 of 53 games last season.
Every season, after every opening weekend, there are three kinds of reactions from college baseball fan bases across the country:
1. Well, we're a good team and we showed it.
2. Uh, oh. It's going to be a long season.
3. Hey, we may actually be better than most predicitions.
Red Raider fans have had plenty of Nos. 1 and 2. But for the first time in maybe a decade, legitimately, Tech fans might be able to confidently and loudly proclaim No. 3.
Saturday marked the first preseaon scrimmage of the 2014 spring season for the Texas Tech baseball team.
It was a cool, noon scrimmage so the team could break and get to the men's and women's basketball games later that afternoon. The scrimamge went eight innings with eight pitchers throwing two innings each.
Here are some highlights:
So, it's January 23, basketball season is hitting the home stretch on the high school level and is deep into Big 12 play on the college side, and a cold blast of air is sweeping through the South Plains.
Yep, you guessed it, time for baseball.
UPDATED, 11:25 A.M.
The rain has stopped, the tarp has been pulled and the ballpark groundscrew are working feverishly to get the field ready.
The Big 12 just announced a 12:30 p.m. first pitch for No. 4 seed Oklahoma vs. No. 5 seed Baylor. There will then be 35 minutes in between games.
That means No. 8 Texas Tech and No. 1 Kansas State likely will start somehwere between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Sometimes, you get the feeling that Mother Nature is telling you not to play baseball.
After a busy week dealing with most everything else, I got back out to Rip Griffin Park for practices Saturday and Sunday.
What a difference a week makes. The Red Raiders this weekend, for the most part, were much sharper and cleaner in a lot of aspects of the game during scrimmages. Of course, there were errors, but most of them came when hitters pressed pitchers to make plays, field bunts, and throws actually hit the runners going down the line. There was one inexcusable drop on an easy fly in center.
Welcome to Game 1 of the 2012 Red-Black series at Rip Griffin Park. There are A LOT of new faces this year, not the least of which is new head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff.
We'll keep you updated with notes by innig as the game goes. The Red will be the visiting team while the Black is the home.
Senior right-hander Trey Masek starts on the mound for the black while newcomer Corey Taylor, a sophomore right-hander from Kennedale who pitched last season at Cisco JC is on the hill for the Red.