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.
With the first full weekend of the 2012 college baseball season in the books, here's a look back at a few key points from Tech's performances against Tennessee Tech and Missouri State
OK, so we're roughly 19 hours from the first pitch for the 2012 Texas Tech baseball season. Hopefully you've combed through our season preview (http://redraiders.com/sports-red-raiders-baseball/2012-02-11/red-raiders-planning-leaving-ncaa-no-excuses-2012#.Tz3Av8VSTcw), but that doesn't always tell you the whole story.
So here are the players I think who need to step up, will step up and what should happen once the first pitch is thrown.
It was a chilly day as the Red Raiders returned to the field for the second day of spring practice.
The practice was split in two parts, with the first part much like Friday in that Tech concentrated on defensive drills. Then, after about a 45-minute lunch break, practice continued with a six-inning scrimmage.
Here are a few highlights
In the words of that famous redneck poem: "Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, on look how purty the flowers is."
That pretty much sums up the sentiment as Texas Tech baseball, like programs around the country, opened full team workouts today just three weeks from the season opener Feb. 17 against Missouri State. The construction that is the $5 million renovation to Rip Griffin Park at Dan Law Field was finally joined by the pieces starting to be placed on the field in terms of the 2012 Red Raiders.
Well, we're about to see just how deep Tech's pitching staff is going to be in 2012.
The Red Raiders announced Tuesday that senior right-hander Brennan Stewart, arguably their best reliever over the course of the 2011 season, will miss at least the start of the season and possibly the entire year after undergoing lower back surgery on Dec. 23.
OK, so as of today we are officially 5 weeks from opening day for the Red Raider baseball season for 2012. In fact, as we "speak" 5 weeks from this moment the Red Raiders should be into about the second or third inning of their opener against Missouri State.
So, I thought this would be a good time to break down the schedule for the upcoming season, which I can see as one of the more challenging head coach Dan Spencer has put together, but also one that sets up for the Red Raiders to have every opportunity at success.
... all the little news nuggets start hitting your email.
You know, things like players earning preseason honors, special events being scheduled that signal the beginning of the season right around the corner, those types of things.
OK, so with football winding down and snow on the ground, it's a perfect time to start talking some Red Raider baseball, eh?
So to get things started, I took a little look at the Red Raiders' 2012 schedule. It's a good schedule which will test Tech, especially that stretch in early March with the Houston College Classic followed by a midweek at Arizona State followed by a series at TCU.