2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship | #4 Texas Tech vs. #5 Texas

Photo credit S. Norman

The Texas Tech Red Raiders begin play in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
Location: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date: Wednesday, May 21st through Sunday May 25th
Television: FOX College Sports
Radio: Affiliates
Official Site: Game Notes:

Tough Draw. This isn’t going to be an easy draw for Texas Tech, but that’s a good thing. Continuing to play good teams in preparation of the NCAA Tournament is nothing but good for this team. Texas will be tough, they always are and should Texas Tech get past the Longhorns, they’ll have to play the winner of Oklahoma St. and Oklahoma, which will most likely be OSU, the best team in the Big 12.

Texas Tech Cleans Up in Big 12 Awards. Texas Tech took in a haul of post-season Big 12 awards as outfielder Adam Kirsch was named as the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year. On the Big 12 first team was Kirsch, shortstop Tim Proudfoot, and first baseman Eric Gutierrez. On the Big 12 second team, was pitcher Chris Sadberry, catcher Hunter Redman, and pitcher Cameron Smith. Honorable mention was pitcher Jonny Drozd, second baseman Bryant Burleson and pitcher Camerson Smith with outfielder Stephen Smith named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. The game thread will go up later this afternoon.

Kirsch, a transfer from Florida International, is proud of his accomplishments:

"It means a lot to me," Kirsch said. "I wanted to come in being my only year and have a good year and help the team win. I'd hoped for (a good year) but you don't always get what you hope for. I wish I could have done better, I think I could have done better but still I'm happy with the year I've had so far."

Looking to Pad Resume.  Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock is looking to continue to play the way they have been playing as of late and look to host a regional:

"We're going to play the same way either way," head coach Tim Tadlock said. "We're going to play the game with respect. We are in a good position where we feel like we should be playing next week as far as the regional. At the same time, we want to go out and play the game the right way every day just in case we can maybe convince somebody to bring a regional to Lubbock."

OUTFIELD: LF: Tyler Neslony| CF: Stephen Smith | RF: Adam Kirsch
INFIELD: 3B: Jake Barrios | SS: Tim Proudfoot | 2B: Bryant Burleson | 1B Eric Gutierrez | C: Hunter Redman | DH: Matt Broadbent

Game 1: Wednesday, May 21st @ 7:30 pm
Texas Tech Starting Pitcher: RHP Corey Taylor (5-2, 1.79)
Texas Starting Pitcher: RHP Lukas Schiraldi (6-3, 4.39)
Final Score & Box Score: Texas 8, Texas Tech 3 - RecapBox Score

Spot-starter Corey Taylor only lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 6 hits and 5 runs on 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Taylor simply couldn't get anyone out in the second inning and things snowballed. Jonny Drozd come in to relieve Taylor and Drozd went 3.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned (in the 3rd inning), walking 2 and striking out 1. Texas Tech couldn't ever climb out of that early hole offensively and only managed 8 hits and 3 runs. Anthony Lyons, Bryant Burleson and Tyler Neslony each managed 2 hits and Adam Kirsch drove in 2 of the 3 runs that Texas Tech scored.

Game 2: Winner of Game 1 plays the winner between Oklahoma St. and Oklahoma. Loser of Game 2 plays the loser of those two.  There will be other games to follow this game, but will be dependent on whether or not Texas Tech wins or loses game 2.

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