The strongest day of the weekend in the Big 12 Conference for Texas Tech baseball has usually been Saturday
The Red Raiders are 3-1 on Saturday in league play, outscoring opponents 36-14.
Even so, head coach Tim Tadlock wanted to take no chances in having to win a series on Sunday, so he moved up starting pitcher Chris Sadberry, Tech’s most consistent starter, to try to earn the series win.
Call it a push as Kansas State jumped on Sadberry early and forced Tech to go to the bullpen earlier than anticipated.
At this point, no one in the Texas Tech baseball clubhouse really cared how it came about, just that the Friday jinx is over.
The Red Raiders took advantage of solid relief pitching by Cameron Smith and Jonny Drozd and turned four Kansas State errors into four runs, holding off the Wildcats for a 4-3 victory Friday night at Rip Griffin Park.
“That’s kind of what I was thinking, that it doesn’t matter how it comes,” head coach Tim Tadlock said. “To win on Friday, we’ve had trouble there. To get the win tonight, we should be good going into the rest of the weekend.”
Counting this week, just six weekends remain in the college baseball regular season for 2014.
So you know what that means, right?
Yep, time to start those regional projections.
And for the first time in 10 years, the Red Raiders are solidly in the two media organizations doing projections.
It’s easy to say that with the Texas Tech baseball team starting the second half of Big 12 Conference play and the schedule flipping to their favor, the Red Raiders should have an increased sense of urgency to make a push for the NCAA playoffs.
Then again, that would be totally against the mantra that head coach Tim Tadlock constantly preaches and would discount that the Red Raiders already display that urgency.
Returning was the majority of an offense that led the Big 12 in average
It wasn’t supposed to be like this for Kansas State.
The defending Big 12 Conference baseball champions brought back for 2014 several of the key components that helped them win the league and advance to the school’s first Super Regional, coming within one win of a spot in the College World Series.
Returning was the majority of an offense that led the Big 12 in average, and several key arms on the mound.
For whatever reason, however, defending the Big 12 title has proven more difficult than winning it the first time.
Abilene Christian is in the process of transitioning into a Division I athletic program. The Wildcats got a rude introduction into just what that entails when things go wrong.
Texas Tech pounded the Wildcats early and often, and did so against several ACU pitchers as the Red Raiders routed ACU, 19-2, Tuesday night at Rip Griffin Park.
Throughout the first third of the season, as the Texas Tech baseball team got off to one of its best starts in more than a decade, one question kept coming.
Is that start for real?
Honestly, I wasn't for sure, and I wasn't ready to say it was for real because of one simple reason.
I'd seen these kinds of starts before. Spending 17 seasons covering one team, you're bound to. I've also seen these starts not last.