Red Raider Hardball | Texas Tech Hosts Brooks Wallace Memorial Series

Credit to MikeTTU

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will host the Brooks Wallace Memorial Series, which features Oral Roberts and BYU.

Brooks Wallace Memorial Series: Texas Tech (3-1, 0-0), Oral Roberts (1-2, 0-0), BYU (0-4, 0-0)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates

Series Preview: Texas Tech will host the Brooks Wallace Memorial Series with Oral Roberts and BYU making an appearance. I'll have a weekend thread going up later this afternoon at 2:00 pm. Here are some previews for your eyeballs: LAJ and DT. Here's a bit from the LAJ:

The recruiting part, obviously, is a big key. In that, Tech has benefited in its past two signing classes of getting recruits such as Moseley, sophomore right-hander Matt Withrow and freshman left-hander Ty Damron to turn down professional money to come to Tech. Withrow was 5-3 last year and on Saturday allowed just one earned run in five innings while striking out five.

Then there’s the aspect of getting guys to blossom at the Division I level. Sadberry is a perfect example, saying that by working with Hayward and Gardner that his slider and fastball have improved and he’s developed confidence in his change-up. Left-hander Cameron Smith, a junior transfer from New Mexico Junior College, was almost unhittable on Sunday, and in his two appearances over 6 2/3 innings he allowed no runs, five hits and two walks while striking out three.

Proudfoot Out Indefinitely: SS Tim Proudfoot is out indefinitely with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder (via LAJ) from being hit by a pitch during the week at practice. This is sorta a big deal and I'll be interested to see how the lineup changes.

Sorensen on Tadlock: Pretty good Q&A with Eric Sorensen and Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock (via ESPN):

ES: What would you like to see your team do before Big 12 play kicks in?
TT: Just stay focused. That's the big thing. We have a tough road in the Big 12 this year, three of our first four weekends will be on the road, so getting the confidence of beating Indiana is a big help, but we've got a long way to go. It was just one weekend. I tell our guys all the time, prepare to be champions every day, and that means in every detail.
ES: So I assume you like how far this team can go?
TT: Long way to go. Long way. We talk about Omaha all the time when we recruit kids to play here. But we don't talk about Omaha on a day-to-day basis at practice. However, I do think there's a nucleus of guys in our clubhouse that have that dream, though. And that's the biggest thing, just put together a group of guys who have that dream. We'll let the results take care of themselves.

OUTFIELD: LF: Tyler Neslony | CF: Tyler Neslony or Devon Conley | RF: Adam Kirsch
INFIELD: 3B: Jake Barrios | SS: Tim Proudfoot | 2B: Bryant Burleson | 1B Eric Gutierrez | C: Mason Randolph | DH: Anthony Lyons

Game 1: Friday, February 21st @ 2:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Dominic Moreno
Oral Roberts Starting Pitcher: RHP Kurt Giller
Final Score & Box Score: Oral Roberts 2, Texas Tech 3 - RecapLAJ

Pretty good little game.  Moreno got the start and pitched really well going 5 1/3 and allowing only 1 run, but the offense had trouble getting moving and Moreno left with a no decision. Cameron Smith pitched 1 1/3 and picked up the win, while Jonny Drozd got the save.  As mentioned in the notes above, SS Tim Proudfoot was out, but true freshman Matt Broadbent had 3 hits, 2 doubles, and all 3 RBI for the team.

Game 2: Saturday, February 22nd @ 2:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Matt Withrow
Oral Roberts Starting Pitcher: RHP Guilermo Trujillo
Final Score & Box Score: Oral Roberts 2, Texas Tech 7 - RecapBox ScoreLAJ

An incredibly close game through six innings, but a Tyler Neslony grand slam in the 6th inning powered Texas Tech to a 7-2 win over Oral Roberts. Matt Withrow pitched 5 innings, giving up 1 run, walking 2 and striking out 6, while Corey Taylor earned the win in relief, pitching 2 innings, with no runs. Freshman Ryan Moseley pitched the final 2 frames without a hit or a run or a walk and striking out 4. As mentioned below, Neslony was terrific, going 2-3 on the day including the grand slam. Freshman Ryan Long was the lead-off DH and went 2-5 with an RBI and Jake Barrios was 2-4 with an RBI as well.

Game 3: Sunday, February 23rd @ 1:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: LHP Chris Sadberry
Oral Roberts Starting Pitcher: RHP Galvin Glanz
Final Score & Box Score: Oral Roberts 1, Texas Tech 4 - RecapBox ScoreLAJDT

Another terrific pitching performance as starter Chris Sadberry went 3.1 innings, iing up just 1 run, while Cameron Smith earned the win, going 4 innings, giving up just 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Johnathan Tripp pitched the final 1.2 innings getting his first save of the year. Freshman Ryan Long, filling in at shorttop, went 2-3 with 2 RBI, and Eric Gutierrez went 1-3 with an RBI.

Game 4: Monday, February 24th @ 1:00 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: TBD
BYU Starting Pitcher: TBD
Final Score & Box Score: -

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