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Texas Tech Sunday Morning Notes - Casual Basketball Edition

Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker writes about how Pat Knight is lamenting the casual play of the team through the season. Here's PK:

"It has been a real letdown," said Tech head coach Pat Knight, who has a 4-7 record since taking over after his father's retirement. "We have been involved in games that we should have won, and it is just our mentality, it has been hard to overcome.

"We played casual basketball is the problem. I finally put a sign up in our locker room that said, Casual basketball will not get the job done in the Big 12.' ... (There were) just a lot of mental mistakes that it doesn't come from what the other team does. It just comes from us. I think it is just a mental approach that's not very good and it is something we've got to really work on."

Walker mentions those early losses to Sam Houston State and Centenary as being big reasons why Texas Tech isn't even being considered for the NCAA post-season, but more than that, I think that the loss against Stanford, and the last second loss to OU could have had a huge impact on this club and we're perhaps talking that Texas Tech is a NCAA bubble team.

Texas Tech Baseball:

Matchups and results:

Date Red Raiders Aggies Result
Friday 03/14/08 @ 6:30 p.m. 5 6 Boxscore
Saturday 03/15/08 @ 2:00 p.m. 1 12 Boxscore
Sunday 03/16/08 @ 1:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (TT) (2-0, 3.38) Scott Migl (TAMU) (1-0, 3.68) Boxscore

I get the feeling that Karns may not be starting much longer. Before yesterday's game, Karns was sitting at an 8.10 ERA and now it's at 9.72 as Karns pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, 6 earned runs, walking 6 and striking out 1. The walks are just an absolute killer. Owen Brolsma came in and pitched 0.2 innings worth of work, giving up 3 hits, 5 earned runs, and walking 2. The bullpen settled down after that, but by that time, it was pretty much over.

It's the 6 walks that's the problem, not putting the ball in play to give you team the opportunity. It will be interesting to see if Bettis is moved up to the 2nd starter slot, or stays at the 3rd spot and if Karns pitches again next week.

The offense was pretty quiet, only managing 5 hits all day, let by Chris Hall who went 2-4.

LAJ's George Watson also covers yesterday's loss, noting that there were 10 walks for the day and 5 hit batters.