Just when things seem to be on an upswing for the Red Raiders ...
Texas Tech announced late Tuesday night after their second straight come-from-behind win, 7-6, over Dallas Baptist, that junior left-hander Daniel Coulombe will miss the remainder of the 2011 season after an MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which will require season-ending reconstructive surgery.
Coulombe suffered the injury in an outing against Iowa on March 11, but did not reveal the injury until the following Tuesday.
Texas Tech baseball coach Dan Spencer has switched who he will start on the mound for the Red Raiders' Big 12 Conference opener Friday night at Baylor.
Late Friday afternoon, Spencer decided to go with sophomore right-hander Jamen Parten for the start tonight instead of true freshman right-hander David Paiz. Had Paiz started he would have been the first Tech freshman to open the Big 12 season on the mound since 2006 (AJ Ramos).
Parten is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA on the season.
What started out as a mistake yesterday has now turned into a competition.
Hayden Holub's behind-the-back tag of a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi player trying to score from third on a wild pitch in Tuesday's 9-7 Tech win was the No. 9 Top Play on ESPN SportsCenter's top plays last night. Well, this morning it was elevated to No. 1.
That means it is in running for the top plays of the week.
Welcome to Dan Law Field for the finale of the Texas Tech Invitational as the Red Raiders (11-6) take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12-7).
Today we get the mound debut of redshirt freshman Duke von Schamann, who has played some in the field the last two weeks. Remember Duke broke his right hand in the preseason in an off-field incident, and he was going to be counted upon on the mound.
It's the final game of the three-game series between Texas Tech and No. 8 TCU from Dan Law Field.
It has not been a good series so far for the Red Raiders, who have dropped decisions of 7-0 and 8-6 to the Horned Frogs in the first two games. And it doesn't get any easier with standout left-hander Matt Purke, the first-rounder two years ago who turned down multi-millions of dollars from the Rangers to go to school. He has not, however, pitched in two weeks due to a "blister" on his pitching hand. But remember there were reports in the fall of a sore elbow as well.
Welcome one and all to the first midweek series of the 2011 season and the beginning of a tough week that should tell us a lot about the Texas Tech baseball team.
Today the Red Raiders (7-1) face UNLV (7-1) in the first of a two-day set from Dan Law Field. UNLV has been playing very well under new coach Tim Chambers, who came to the Rebels from a very successful stint at the Community College of Southern Nevada, which has produced several Red Raiders over the years.
Welcome back to Dan Law Field for the finale of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic as Tech takes on Northern Illinois.
Tech is 2-1 in the tournament and 6-1 overall after yesterday's 15-3 drubbing of the Huskies. Apparently whatever was said after Friday night's 8-3, four-error loss to BYU took hold as the Red Raiders pounded out a season-high 18 hits and played their first error-free game.
Welcome back everyone for the opener of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic as the Red Raiders get set for their game with BYU.
An interesting note: LHP Ben Flora gets the start after going just three innings in the Red Raiders' last game, an 8-6 win over Northwestern on Sunday. Flora becomes the first Tech pitcher to start back-to-back games since AJ Ramos did it in March of 2007 at Kansas State. In that instance, Ramos started the first game which was rained out after 11/2 innings.
It's the final game of the 2011 Red Raider Classic as Tech takes on Northwestern for the second straight day.
Tech (3-0) has gotten good all-around pitching and generated enough runs to win. We'll see if Ben Flora can keep the streak going with his start on the mound. Also expect to see freshman David Paiz on the mound.