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3 Things We're Talking About

The statue, pitching and weather are all of note

Posted: June 14, 2014 - 10:44pm  |  Updated: June 15, 2014 - 12:20am
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Texas Tech's Anthony Lyons throws during practice on Friday in Omaha. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Texas Tech's Anthony Lyons throws during practice on Friday in Omaha. (Zach Long)
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3 Things We’re Talking About That statue

Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock sent a picture of the “Road to Omaha” statue outside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, to his team before the season started. It served as motivation to make it to the College World Series. Thursday when the team arrived it got to take its picture in front of the iconic statue. More than 300,000 people will visit Omaha for the CWS and it seems all of them are taking their picture in front of the statue.

Pitching again

The Red Raiders created buzz with 36 straight scoreless innings from their starters and two 1-0 shutouts of the College of Charleston in the Super Regional. And now, at the CWS, pitching is still all the rage as they face off against TCU, which has a team ERA of 2.19, at 2 p.m. today. With a big ballpark, Tim Tadlock told his team during its first practice that they would have to be singles hitters if they wanted to win the national championship.

The weather

Storms threatened the Midwest throughout Saturday. Early in the day, the NCAA sent out a notice due to the potential for severe weather Saturday evening. Game 1 between UC-Irvine and Texas went off without a problem, though, as the Longhorns lost 3-1 to the upstart Anteaters. The storm moved slow throughout the day. Originally expected to hit Omaha by 4 p.m., it did not arrive until both games were played.

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