Double-T Nation News:
Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy your day with family, friends and a television to continue watching the NCAA Tournament. I'll watch the Mavs lose yet another game in the 4th quarter. Good times.
Texas Tech Football:
LAJ's Don Williams writes about the high hopes of this Red Raider squad this morning. Coach Leach correctly points out that the key is having the "right guys":
Williams does a nice job of running down each position and I've been working on my top ___ questions heading into the spring that I hope to post on Monday or Tuesday.
Texas Tech Basketball:
Congrats to South Plains College and Texas Tech signee, Nick Okorie, for winning the NJCAA Men's National Basektball Championship by beating the Salt Lake CC Bruins 67-56 (boxscore). Nick Okorie was a beast against the Bruins, making 12 of 22 shots (4-11 from beyond the 3-point line) for 29 points, 4 boards, 1 assist and 2 TO's.
Darko Cohadarevic's Seward County squad beat the Three Rivers CC Raiders 81-63 (boxscore) in the consolation game. Cohadarevic had 19 points, 11 of which came from the charity stripe, and 8 boards.
Nick Okorie and Darko Cohadarevic were both named to the 2008 All-Tournament Team, while Okorie's teammate Jonathan Hall was named the Tournament MVP.
LAJ's Jeff Walker writes about how Pat Knight hopes that Voskuil will be the leader for next year's squad. Here's what PK says he wants to work on in the spring:
PK also comments on the JUCO guys mentioned above:
Walker hints to the fact that there may be another player or two sign with PK, which means that with any addition, a player currently on the roster will be cut or no longer be on scharlship.
It also bothers me that high school senior Tyree Graham hasn't qualified yet and will have to pass his SAT. This program really needs Graham to be involved next year. I am certain of that. Everyone, send good mojo Tyree's way.
Texas Tech Baseball:
|Thursday 03/20/08 @ 6:05 p.m.||6 (L: Nate Karns, 1-3)||22 (W: Brandon Workman, 3-1)||Boxscore|
|Friday 03/21/08 @ 6:05 p.m.||7 (W: James Leverton, 1-2)||5 (L: Ruffin, 1-2)||Boxscore|
|Saturday 03/22/08 @ 12:00 p.m.||3 (L: Chad Bettis, 3-1)||4 (W: Riley Boening, 1-0)||Boxscore|
Well, damn't. UT scored all 4 of their runs in the 1st inning, but the Red Raiders still loses to the Longhorns 4-3. Bettis allowed 2, 2-run home runs in the 1st inning and settled down after that, as did the rest of the pitching staff. Bettis was good enough to win, but the Horns were just a little better. Bettis pitched 6.2 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 earned runs, walking 5, and striking out 2. The bullpen pitched 2.1 innings of 2 hit ball, striking out 3 and walking NONE. Baby steps.
The offense only mustered 9 hits and here's one thing that bothers me. When Kieschnick is mashing the ball, he is mashing the ball, but this series, he's been awful. The leader of this offense went 0-11 for the series and he's got to be better than that in order for this team to succeed. Taylor Ashby went 1-3 with 2 RBI and Willie Rueda also went 1-3 with an RBI. Jason Seefeld and Kenworthy, both hitting in front of Kieschnick, both went 2-5.
LAJ's George Watson recaps yesterday's loss. Here's Bettis: