The Texas Tech baseball team is coming off one of its best Aprils, going 14-4, the third most wins in the month in school history.
Of those 14 wins, the Red Raiders were a perfect 11-0 at home during the month, which included sweeps of Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State and Oklahoma, one more sweep than the program had in the past seven years combined.
It’s also contributed to Tech’s tremendous overall home record of 28-4 on the season and has placed Tech in all five national college baseball polls.
The Jayhawks were picked to finish last in the league by its coaches.
If not for the turnaround the Texas Tech baseball team is undergoing this season, the best job of coaching in the Big 12 Conference might go to Kansas’ Ritch Price.
The 12th-year head coach of the Jayhawks not only had to retool his team in terms of personnel and style of play going into this season, but had to rearrange his pitching staff at midseason after the loss to injury of weekend starter Wes Benjamin.
TULSA, Okla. — Right-fielder Adam Kirsch doubled three times and drove in two, including one in a 12th-inning rally, and relievers Dalton Brown and Dominic Moreno combined for 52/3 innings of shutout relief as the 19th-ranked Texas Tech baseball team outlasted Oral Roberts, 4-1, Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Back during the preseason, I asked Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock if his team could be markedly better this season but it not show in the overall record because of how strong the Big 12 Conference is this season.
He downplayed the answer a bit, to my recollection, saying it was possible.
But I should have known then. See, with his personality, he downplays a lot of things. Never get too high, never get too low. Just play baseball. It’s the mantra we’ve heard all season, for the last two seasons, in fact.
Looking back, however, he knew.
The first half of the Big 12 Conference schedule did Texas Tech no favors.
It forced the Red Raiders on the road for three of their first four series. Tech survived, winning one series and not being swept in any of the others.
Now that the schedule has switched, though, the No. 21 Red Raiders are taking full advantage.
The Red Raiders kept their offense rolling for the third straight game Sunday, taking a 14-4 run-rule victory for their sixth straight Big 12 win and third league series victory of the season, including their second sweep.
No. 21 ranked Tech rallies from deficit to win 14-4
Runs don’t always materialize from big hits. But when those big hits come on top of smaller ones, it makes for quite a spectacle.
The 21st-ranked Texas Tech baseball team put on quite a hitting display on Saturday, using a 10-run, 10-hit fifth inning to rally from a two-run deficit en route to a 14-4 rout of Oklahoma on Saturday before 2,582 fans at Rip Griffin Park.
Last season, the Texas Tech baseball team won just 26 games — total.
Friday night, the Red Raiders earned their 26th home win of 2014 and their 33rd overall. What a difference a year makes.
Tech overcame an early deficit by constantly putting Oklahoma pitchers under pressure, scoring in each of its first five innings to earn a 9-5 victory over the Sooners in the opener of a Big 12 Conference series in front of 3,216 at Rip Griffin Park.
Just 11 games remain between now and the end of the regular season
At 32-13 on the season, the Texas Tech baseball team has put together its best record through 45 games since 2004, which happens to be the last time the program was in the NCAA postseason.
Just 11 games remain between now and the end of the regular season. Of those 11 games, nine will be played in the Big 12 Conference, where the Red Raiders sit in fourth place at 8-7, three games behind first-place Oklahoma State and two games behind second-place TCU.
For about the first half of the season, first-year Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes seemed to be pushing all the right buttons.
Entering the season with 22 freshmen and sophomores combined on his roster, Hughes got the Sooners off to a quick start, winning 22 of their first 32 games and four of their first six in the Big 12 Conference.
Lately, however, that youth has struggled with inconsistency that has OU (25-17, 5-7 in the Big 12) scuffling, losing seven of their last nine and going 1-5 in their last two Big 12 series.
ABILENE — Monday night at New Mexico, the Texas Tech baseball team struggled to drive runners in and lost by a run.
Tuesday night against Big 12 Conference opponent TCU in a non-conference affair, the Red Raiders struggled just to get runners in scoring position.
TCU used three sacrifice flies and a suicide squeeze to account for all four of its runs, and the Horned Frogs thwarted Tech with three double plays for a 4-0 win over the Red Raiders at Crutcher Scott Field.