Texas Tech Links: Dusek & Smith FR All-Americans; Kithuka is Bowerman Finalist; Pitching to Shine

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Freshmen LHP Dylan Dusek and OF Stephen Smith were named freshmen All-Americans. Kennedy Kithuka was named a finalist for the Bowerman Trophy. The pitching should shine this weekend in the Super-Regional between Texas Tech and College of Charleston.

Sorry for being late, but the internet where I stay wasn't working last night or this morning. I'm beginning to wonder if this is a sign.

Dusek and Smith are Freshmen All-Americans. Congrats to LHP Dylan Dusek and OF Stephen Smith for being named freshmen All-Americans by Baseball News.

Kithuka Named Bowerman Finalist. Congrats to distance runner Kennedy Kithuka for being named as a finalist for the Bowerman Trophy Watch List.

Pitching to Shine. This weekend's Super-Regional between the College of Charleston and Texas Tech should feature some outstanding pitching this weekend, especially by the Cougars:

The Cougars boast a 2.78 team ERA after the Gainesville Regional, led by a pair of 10-game winners in right-handers Taylor Clarke, a sophomore, and Bailey Ober, a freshman. Clarke is 10-3 on the year with a 2.62 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 96 innings, while Ober, named Wednesday to the Louisville Slugger Freshman all-American team, is 10-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 982/3 innings.

A fantastic look at how Texas Tech coaching staff maybe outworked Miami this past weekend, noting that the Hurricanes had difficulty hitting against left-handed pitching:

"I commend coach (Matt) Gardner, coach (Ray) Hayward and coach (J-Bob) Thomas," Tadlock said. "All of those guys did a really good job of rallying the troops and figuring out our game plan. It's simple. It's baseball, pitching ahead. It was just one of deals. Guys just really pitched good."

And make sure and catch up on the College of Charleston, as they aren't ready to be done playing baseball and a good look at one of the Cougars' starting pitchers, Tyler Thornton.

Hays Knew. According to some emails obtained by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, former softball coach Shannon Hays resigned hours before he was to receive news that he was going to be terminated.

Arkansas Might Not Be Good. USA Today and Paul Myerberg does a terrific job of ranking and previewing each team and they think that the Razorbacks are the 89th best team in the nation:

So prepare for another season of painful results. Two sure wins: Nicholls State and UAB. A third win probably comes from Northern Illinois ... maybe, at least. The rest are losses on paper, though I do think Arkansas snatches an SEC win after a season spent solely in the loss column. Four wins is my guess, with the potential for five should Allen and the passing attack defy my expectations. I can't imagine a scenario where Arkansas gets to six wins. That has to be enough. Why? Because that's all Arkansas is built to do. Keep focus on the future - it'll get better.

Webb Only #2. Noted hater of all things, not just Texas Tech and the Big 12, David Ubben thinks that Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb is only the #2 quarterback in the Big 12. An obvious slap in the face of all Texas Tech fans:

Not many true freshmen close their first seasons with five 385-yard games in their final six games, but Webb further built Kliff Kingsbury's reputation as a quarterback guru. Case Keenum and Johnny Manziel aren't the only guys on Kingsbury's resume anymore. Webb completed at least 62 percent of his passes in his final six games and gives Tech a fighting chance at sneaking into the league title race.

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