Red Raider Hardball | Texas Tech Hosts Kansas St.

Texas Tech (28-24, 6-15) vs. Kansas St. (24-28, 5-16)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Kansas St.
Starting Pitcher
Result
5.17.12 6:30 pm Duke von Schamann (RHP)
(6-3, 1.17)
Kayvon Bahramzadeh (RHP)
(6-3, 4.57)
-
5.18.12 6:30 pm John Neely (RHP)
(3-6, 5.08)
Joe Flattery (LHP)
(5-4, 4.73)
-
5.19.12 1:05 pm Trey Masek (RHP)
(1-4, 3.45)
TBA -
Outfield
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jordan Lopez
Infield
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Jamodrick McGruder
3RD - Reid Redman | 1ST - Stephen Hagen
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Scott LeJeune

*Click on the score for the boxscore..

TEXAS TECH VS KANSAS ST. BASEBALL THOUGHTS

This is an incredibly important series and if you haven't been reading LAJ's George Watson this week, you've missed out on quite a bit. First and foremost, the reason why this is a significant series is because if Texas Tech can win two of three, then Texas Tech will be in the Big 12 Tournament:

The simplest plan for the Red Raiders to qualify for the tournament would be to take two of three from Kansas State this weekend. That would assure Tech no worse than the eighth seed in the tournament, and at least one loss by Kansas in that scenario would give the Red Raiders the seventh seed.

Essentially, win two or go home.

Watson also previewed the Wildcats and what it means for Red Raider 3B Reid Redman returning to the lineup after being out with an injury. Also, Watson talked with head coach Dan Spencer about the direction of the program and Spencer knows that he is being evaluated and believes the program is in better shape than when he arrived:

“You need do that and need to understand that it’s a business,” Spencer said in an interview as the team took this past weekend off for final exams.

“We try to preach that to these guys, because this is part of their job, the other part going to school, and they’re being be evaluated every day. I don’t consider myself any different than that. I should be evaluated every day.”

Snip.

“I think if you look at the body of work since we’ve been here, I wouldn’t give myself an A because I thought we would be ahead of where we are,” Spencer said. “But I would say from what we’ve done the program is in good shape, and is in better shape than when got here.”

Spencer is at the very least very honest about his performance and I know that this isn't easy for him to see the team perform the way that it has this year. I'm sure he had high hopes as did the team. Let's get two wins this weekend and go from there.

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