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.
It got kind of lost in the weeks worth of news, what with Big 12 Football Media Days, Penn State and the Olympics kind of taking the lead.
But early this week new Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock finally put together the final piece of his coaching staff puzzle. And, to no real surprise, it was someone he was familiar with from his days at Oklahoma.
Former all-conference infielder Russell Raley was added as Tech's volunteer coach. He will handle duties at first-base as was as assisting in fielding.
Texas Tech head baseball coach Tim Tadlock officially added another piece to his coaching staff early Tuesday with the announcement of former Oklahoma all-American Ray Hayward as his pitching coach.
Hayward, who served the same capacity for the Sooners from 2000 to 2004, returns to college baseball after an eight-year stint in the Miami Marlins organization as the Midwest scouting supervisor, an area that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.
Oklahoma State fired a warning shot late Monday afternoon, and it's a warning that new Texas Tech head baseball coach Tim Tadlock better act quick.
New OSU head coach Josh Holliday announced the hiring of Oral Roberts head coach Rob Walton to be the Cowboys' new pitching coach, a coup of a hire for a guy who had been on the job less than 72 hours, and an interesting move by Walton, to say the least, considering OSU AD Mike Holder reportedly picked Holliday over Walton to lead the program in Stillwater.
Texas Tech on Wednesday finally announced its spring signing class, adding nine new players to the seven that were signed in the early period in the fall.
Five high school players and four junior college talents comprise the spring group, and all are expected to make an immediate impact next season. They're going to have to, not only because this year's team is underachieving but because Tech expects to lose several juniors to the MLB Draft.
This weekend's Big 12 series between Texas Tech and Oklahoma was already going to be highly crucial since both teams started off league play at 0-3. Now, however, it might be entertaining as well.
Apparently, OU coach Sunny Golloway may be taking some flack from some comments made to the Daily Oklahoman this week regarding the adjusments the Sooners are having to make with a new pitching staff. In particular, one referencing former assistant Tim Tadlock, who just happens to be on the staff now with Texas Tech.
So the Big 12 Conference baseball season started Friday night, and the Red Raiders came out with a resounding thud.
Tech picked the wrong time to have the worst outing by its most consistent starting pitcher, which led to a 9-4 loss to the Baylor Bears at the Baylor Ballpark. Not the worst time -- that would be in the championship game of the College World Series -- but until that happens, this ranks as a pretty bad time.
OK, so with Monday's 7-4 loss to TCU, the Red Raider baseball team is officially more than 1/4 of the way through the season.
So, what do we know about this team? Can we draw any conclusions yet?
Sure. Just on eye test alone, we can see the pitching for the Red Raiders in 2012 is markedly better, and by better I mean more consistent. They aren't walking many, and they're making teams earn their way on base. We also know that the offense is good at taking what other team give them and turning it into runs.