Texas Tech Baseball:
LAJ's George Watson has been working overtime because he's got a ton of articles and previews of Texas Tech and Big 12 baseball.
First up is the an overview of the changes that took place over the offseason, which includes the hiring of Oregon State's pitching coach Dan Spencer and New Mexico's Trent Petrie. How about this for dedication and for accountability for this 2008 squad:
Part of that can be attributed to a deeper commitment the player made, most notably in the 6 a.m. fall workouts. They also demonstrated better effort and communication into a longer fall-workout period caused by new NCAA rule. The rule limits teams from starting spring workouts before Feb. 1.
Spencer quickly went about instilling a sense of competition and accountability in his pitchers. He promised when the fall began his pitchers would compete and be aggressive every time they took the mound. Petrie promised if his players in the field made errors, it wouldn't be because they were out of position or hadn't been put in certain situations before.
Personally, I am most interested in what Spencer can do for this beleaguered pitching staff and it sounds like Spencer has a good idea of how to create high expectations:
And talk about high expectations:
"Can we make a move? Yes, definitely. Will we get to the point where the road through the Big 12 runs through Lubbock? Yes. I would sure like it to happen this year. There are too many good things about Tech with the personnel and Coach Hays and Lubbock and the sunshine and the league that we can't get back to winning."
Next up, Watson takes a look at each position for the Red Raiders. This is an excellent breakdown of each position and should give you an idea as who who is going to play. Watson also does an outstanding job of previewing each of the other Big 12 teams.
Here's the Watson's breakdown of the roster and the official schedule and you'll note that the Red Raiders start the season against Northern Illinois. Those games will be played as scheduled.