Red Raider Hardball | Texas Tech vs. Kansas

Texas Tech (15-11, 1-5) vs. Kansas (10-14, 0-3)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Hoglund Ballpark | Lawrence, KS
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Kansas
Starting Pitcher
Result
3.30.12 6:00 pm Duke von Schamann (RHP)
(3-3, 2.08)
Frank Duncan (RHP)
(3-3, 3.54)
W, 3-1
3.31.12 2:00 pm John Neely (RHP)
(2-2, 3.92)
Wes Benjamin (LHP)
(1-2, 4.30)
L, 2-5
4.01.12 1:00 pm David Paiz (RHP)
(2-0, 0.92)
Thomas Taylor (RHP)
(2-3, 4.12)
L, 3-9
Outfield:
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jordan Lopez
Infield:
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Jamodrick McGruder
3RD - Bryant Burleson | 1ST - Scott LeJeune
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Kevin Whitehead

*Click on the score for boxscore.

TEXAS TECH VS KANSAS BASEBALL THOUGHTS |

  • Thankfully, David Paiz has finally moved to the full-time Sunday Starter. Paiz has been doing a great job during the week, as you'll note his ERA, and I'm happy to get a little consistency in the starting weekend rotation. We'll see if Paiz can handle Big 12 competition, but I'm confident that he's going to be okay.
  • When I was at the game on Saturday night I had no idea why 3B Reid Redman was out of the game and why Burleson was playing 3rd base. It wasn't until Monday or Tuesday of this week that I learned that Redman got hurt and is likely out for the year. Defensively, Burleson and Proudfoot are just fine at third and shortstop, but . . .
  • 2B Jamodrick McGruder can be really bad defensively and I'm pretty sure that he had a couple of errors on Saturday night that eventually led to a couple of OU runs (my memory is fading). This isn't about athletic ability, McGruder has what it takes physically, but I think it's a lack of concentration and taking the time to make the throw.
  • LAJ's George Watson writes about the lack of offense, in particular the inability to hit with runners in scoring position:
    Tech has scored just 19 runs in conference play and has 16 RBIs, and only Barnes (5) has more than three RBIs in six league games. As a team Tech is second in the Big 12 in hitting at .311, but only fifth in league games at .271.

    "The thing with offense is it’s like pitching, over the course of a game, if a guy breaks down ... you’re not going to score," head coach Dan Spencer said. "If everybody does his job in that role in that situation, then you’re going to be in good shape at the end of the day. We’ve gotten to a point where it’s still early but we’ve dug ourselves a little hole and we need to start climbing out of it."

  • DT's Brett Winegarner Texas Tech and Kansas are both struggling out of the gate and head coach Dan Spnencer talks about the Jayhawks:
    Despite these things, Tech coach Dan Spencer said, Kansas just needs something to get them started and the Red Raiders better not be the team to give them this moment.

    "Like I said, they are well coached," he said. "Coach (Ritch) Price has been there and knows what’s going on at Kansas. They’re looking for a spark, so they need to have that spark against somebody else."


Game 1 | Texas Tech 3, Kansas 1 (official site)

Hello Mr. Complete Game. It is very nice to see you. Duke von Shamann pitched his second straight complete game and was spectacular again (9.0 IP | 2 H | 0 ER | 1 BB | 6 SO). C Bo Altobelli had two hits, while SS Tim Proudfoot and LF Brennan Moore each had an RBI, while the final RBI was a HBP in the 9th inning. Good way to start the series and Neely has had two quality starts this year, so I'm hopeful.


Game 2 | Texas Tech 2, Kansas 5 (official site)

May be tough to believe, but starter John Neely actually had a pretty good line, not quite a quality start (4.2 IP | 8 H | 5 R | 3 ER | 0 BB | 2 SO), and Shane Broyles was lights out (this very much needed to happen) in relief (3.1 IP | 1 H | 0 ER | 1 BB | 2 SO). The offense continues to struggle to put runs on the board, most likely a result of losing 3B Reid Redman, but this team is getting almost no production from the bottom of the lineup. C Bo Altobelli had 3 hits and the lone RBI, while SS Tim Proudfoot.


Game 3 | Texas Tech 3, Kansas 9 (official site)

Things are sorta falling apart. David Paiz had been a very reliable mid-week starter and he gave up 5 earned runs in 1.2 innings of work and Brennan Stewart gave up 4 runs, 2 of them earned, in 2.0 innings wasn't that much better, although I'd guess that some of Stewart's runs happened because of the two errors. Meanwhile, the offense continues to struggle to do much of anything. The offense has scored 8 runs in a three game series with Kansas, who had a 4.27 ERA after the game, but the general thought is that Kansas wasn't this great pitching team.

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