Sunday's loss might be a little harder to shake off.
The Texas Tech baseball team has preached all year the mantra of being able to put one loss behind it and focus on the next game.
The Red Raiders did that once this weekend to tie their series against No. 12 Texas on Saturday, making Sunday a winner-take-all for the weekend. But Sunday’s loss might be a little harder to shake off.
Drozd scattered 11 hits but allowed just two runs in seven innings
Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock knew he was going to bring left-hander Jonny Drozd out of the bullpen at some point on Saturday.
With Tech having given up a run in the first inning and needing a win to tie its Big 12 Conference series to Texas, Tadlock didn’t wait long, taking a huge gamble by bringing in his most effective reliever in the second inning.
Turns out, it was the right move.
With how No. 12 Texas has pitched this season, giving up even a couple of runs to the Longhorn offense is asking for trouble.
Allowing four in one inning is downright disastrous. And that was just the beginning of a bad night for Texas Tech.
For the second straight Friday, the 24th-ranked Red Raiders got a sub-par performances from starter Dominic Moreno and the bullpen, and the Tech offense continued to struggle with the opponent’s starter as the Longhorns hammered Tech, 11-1, in the opener of a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Rip Griffin Park.
Burleson's best hit of his freshman season sent the Red Raiders to a 7-6 victory over the Longhorns and evened the series at one win apiece.
Bryant Burleson’s highlight his freshman season was a soft, looping liner into shallow right-center field at Rip Griffin Park.
It wasn’t so much the hit itself, but against whom — and when — it came. It happened in the bottom of the 14th inning in the wee hours of a Friday night/Saturday morning. It came against then-No. 25 Texas with the Red Raiders down a run and facing all-American closer Corey Knebel.
The hit sent the Red Raiders to a 7-6 victory over the Longhorns and evened the series at one win apiece.
Texas baseball head coach Augie Garrido isn’t even certain his players know that the Longhorns have lost 12 straight Big 12 Conference series dating back to 2012.
“I know I do,” the veteran coach said.
If the players do know, they certainly haven’t played like it lately as the 12th-ranked Longhorns prepare to try to break that streak this weekend in Lubbock against No. 24 Texas Tech.
It would be understandable, albeit unusual, if the Texas Tech baseball team was peeking ahead just a little bit to this weekend’s Big 12 Conference series against No. 12 Texas.
For the most part this season, the Red Raiders have done a good job of focusing on the opponent in front of them, and Tuesday that was an Arkansas-Pine Bluff team that had just seven wins to this point of the year and was allowing almost 61/2 earned runs per game.
The halfway mark of the 2014 college baseball season hits this week after Texas Tech plays two midweek games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Up to this point, the Red Raiders have survived the first half. Heck, they’ve actually done more than that. The Red Raiders are off to their best start since 2006 at 19-7 and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference after this past weekend’s 2-1 series victory at TCU.
The only other times Tech has started this well since joining the Big 12 were in 1999 and 1997, and in both those years Tech ended up hosting an NCAA regional.