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.
After an outstanding season opener Friday night, an 8-0 win over Western Michigan, Texas Tech is back at it today at Dan Law Field with a pair of games.
First up is Northwestern, which earlier today held off Western Michigan 3-2 despite having the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth.
Junior left-hander Robbie Kilcrease takes the hill for Tech today. It is Kilcrease's first official game (he started the alumni game last week) since 2009 as he missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Also, Dan Spencer has shaken up the lineup a bit.
Welcome back college baseball fans for the 2011 season opener for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they take on Western Michigan.
WMU has already picked up a win today in the Red Raider Classic, beating Utah Valley 3-2. Utah Valley beat Northwestern 3-0 in the opener of the tournament at Dan Law Field.
Tech is expected to start newcomer Daniel Coulombe, a left-hander who spent one year at Southern Cal and another injured in junior college. He's been solid during spring scrimmages.
With the season opener just four days away, the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday released the preseason coaches poll, with Texas Tech coming in at seventh.
The Red Raiders are coming off a 28-29 year in 2010 and 13-14 finish in the Big 12, which was good for fifth.
Oklahoma barely edged Texas for first wtih 78 points and 6 first place votes to 76 points and 4 first place votes.
Well, how fitting after two weeks of snow and miserable sub-freezing temperatures, it is a "balmy" 58 degrees as we get our first official look at the 2001 Texas Tech baseball team.
Today its the second annual alumni game, and this one should be interesting with the likes of fireballers Chad Bettis, Bobby Doran and AJ Ramos slated to pitch for the alumni.
As a fan of college baseball and a guy who lives with chronic kidney disease, this one hits home.
Texas Tech sophomore outfielder Barrett Barnes and junior outfielder Scott LeJeune were named Monday to the preseason All-Big 12 Conference team by the College Baseball Daily website.
Barnes, who earlier this year was named the No. 32 overall player in the country by the website, was named as one of three starting outfielders on the team while LeJeune, who has spent the past two years as Tech’s designated hitter, was named to that position.
The site also picked Tech to finish seventh in the Big 12 standings.
It was a challenging week to get out on the field, for the Red Raiders and for me. But with the sun out on Saturday so was the Tech baseball team, back to work for its sixth scrimmage of the season.
Tech actually got back outside on Friday with some scrimmage work though they took BP inside. Snow was piled up around the outfield fence from center to right at Dan Law Field, but the field itself was clear, and once again the pitching dominated.
The Big 12 Conference on Friday announced its 2011 television schedule, and once again it's pretty pathetic.
For one of the leading conferences in the nation with four teams in the Top 15 in the country, Fox Sports Net could only find room for five regular-season games and the Big 12 Championships title game May 29 at RedHawks Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
At least Texas Tech got one game, even if it is on the road. The Red Raiders will open FSN's coverage on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at Kansas State.
Day 3 of practice was much cleaner from a defensive standpoint -- probably because they Red Raiders worked on that through PFP and rundown coverage before scrimmage -- and the pitching was good for a second day in a row.
After some struggles defensively and communication-wise on Saturday, Tech spent about an hour doing pitchers fielding practice, bunt coverage and working defensively on rundowns. That would prove valuable in the scrimmage time.