Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 05.09.09

Texas Tech Football

6,000 Additional Seats for Jones AT&T Stadium

LAJ's Joshua Hull reports that the Texas Tech Board of Regents have approved the addition of 6,000 seats to the north endzone of Jones AT&T stadium, a project that will cost $6 million. I believe that during Tech Talk, Chris Level mentioned that the addition would be a look similar look to Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium, that the Double-T Zone would be moved to a temporary site. These are permanent seats and would imagine that the seating will be similar to the second tier as pictured here.

Brandon Williams Scouting Report

DMN blogger Tim MacMahon is taking a look at all of the Dallas Cowboys draft picks and up next for him was Brandon Williams. Williams will be an outside linebacker in Dallas' 3-4 defense and his position coach had this to say about him:

"Brandon is a power guy. He's a little bit thicker than Victor (Butler). He has some power and explosion, but he also has a very natural, instinctive feel for pass rush. And he's got a great first step. That's good. ... You've got to look at the Big 12 and all the run-and-gun stuff, and I think most players naturally are going to be a little bit behind in their run play. We'll see. We can train him to get where he needs to get. He's a physical kid, so we can train and get that."

Texas Tech Basketball

Non-Conference Schedule Released

Texas Tech released it's non-conference schedule last night and there are some interesting games, although I still hate the Northwestern State, Lamar, Samford and McNeese State type of games, although I do like the fact that seems to be more legitimate games than not with matchups against Washington, TCU, Wichita State, Stanford, New Mexico and UTEP.

Texas Tech Baseball

Red Raiders and Wildcats

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Dallas Baptist
Starting Pitcher
Result
5/8/2009 6:30 p.m. Nate Karns (W, 4-5) A.J. Morris (L, 11-1) 6-0
5/9/2009 2:00 p.m. AJ Ramos (4-4, 5.40) Lance Hoge (5-2, 3.67) -
5/10/2009 1:00 p.m. TBA Todd Vogel (3-0, 4.67) -
Outfield:
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Garrett Totten (Fr.)
Infield:
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.)     2ND - Willie Rueda (Sr.);
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.)                                  1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Color me surprised, happily surprised. The Red Raiders were able to throw up 5 earned runs against the Kansas State starter A.J. Morris who was 11-0 before last night's 6-0 loss to the Red Raiders (recap). Tip your hat to starter Nate Karns (5.1 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 3 BB; 2 SO) who can be really good and then really bad, but was really good last night giving up only 1 hit the entire night. The bullpen was equally as good as Robert Kilcrease (1.0 IP; 1 H; 0 ER) gave Texas Tech as solid inning and Chad Bettis (2.2 IP; 2 H; 0 ER; 2 BB; 4 SO) seems to be back on track as he closed out the game for the Red Raiders.

The top of the lineup was really good for Texas Tech as LF Michael Reed (3-4) and SS Joey Kenworthy (2-5) got on base while 1B Chris Richburg (2-4; 3 RBI) knocked them home. 3B Justin Berry (1-4; 1 RBI) hit a solo home run in the sixth and 2B Willie Rueda (1-5; 1 RBI) also knocked in a run in the sixth.

Right now, OSU is 6-14 in conference play and Texas Tech is 7th in the Big 12 at 10-12, half a game in front of Baylor, 10-13. With 5 conference games left, it seems as if Oklahoma State would have to win out and sweep Texas Tech next weekend in order to get into the Big 12 tournament. If Texas Tech can get another win in Manhattan and OSU loses, then I think Texas Tech has a spot wrapped up.

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