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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Gotten Out Of That Funk Edition

Texas Tech Football:

Fox 34 with an interview of Danny Amendola, talking about how he wants to go to the best situation, whether that being drafted or going the free agent route, that best suits him. Also make sure and check out the excellent diary from Red Blooded on the hopeful change in attitude of the NFL on Texas Tech receivers.

Texas Tech Baseball:

Date Texas Tech Oklahoma Result
Fri. 04/25/08 @ 6:05 p.m. 7 (L: Zach Stewart, 2-2) 12 (W: Andrew Doyle, 6-3) Boxscore
Sat. 04/26/08 @ 2:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (3-3, 5.21) Jeremy Erben (1-0, 4.40) Boxscore
Sun. 04/27/08 @ 1:00 p.m. Nate Karns (1-2, 10.12) Ryan Duke (5-3, 3.20) Boxscore

Dant it. The Zach Stewart-as-a-starter experiment didn't start off too well, as he, along with Brian Cloud, allowed 9 runs in the 3rd inning, and lost to the OU Sooners, 12-7. Zach Stewart, the former closer, only lasted 2.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 9 runs, all earned, walking 4 and striking out 4. Stewart's struggles started in the 3rd inning, where he walked the first four batters, and the rest of the inning was Stewart being knocked around a bit. I don't blame Stewart for this loss, although it appears to be squarely on his shoulders, simply because it's just not that easy to convert from closer to starter in the middle of the year. I think Spencer and Hays both thought that Stewart would give them the best chance to win the game, but it just didn't work out like that. Brian Cloud came on in relief, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up 3 hits 2 runs, walking 1 and striking out 1. Austin Quick did not record an out, but gave up 2 hits, while Russ Fornea pitched very well in relief, going 2.1 innings, giving up 1 hit, no runs, no walks and striking out non. Cory Large gave up 3 hits, 1 run, walked 2, and struck out 1, while Lorenzo Douglas closed out the game, going 0.2 innings, with 1 hit and no runs, walks or strike outs recorded.

The bats still appear to be hitting the ball, especially at the top of the lineup. Willie Rueda went 3-6 from the lead off position, while Doug Thennis went 2-5, which included his 7th home run of the year, and 3 RBI. Roger Kieschnick may also be breaking out of his conference slump as he went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Jason Seefeld also went 3-4.


LAJ's George Watson recaps last night's loss. Here's Hays on needing more out of his starters:

"We really needed more than that out of our starter," said head coach Larry Hays, who also revealed that the Red Raiders were without reliever Owen Brolsma (illness) in addition to losing AJ Ramos during the week to a torn elbow ligament.

"It's just more of the same. We've got to get deeper in games (with starters) because we keep putting pressure on our bullpen when we don't do that. Most games are won when one team scores more in one inning than the other team scores in a game and we had that tonight."

And Stewart on his relatively short start:

"Out of the gate in the third I could tell there was something mechanical I wasn't doing right because I was missing down," said Stewart (2-2), who replaced Ramos in the starting rotation after serving as Tech's closer all season. "I changed it and started missing up ... and I've got to fix it before it gets out of hand. I wasn't able to do that.

"What really hurt me was I remember looking at the scoreboard and I'd given up four runs and I'd gotten out of that funk. I thought I could keep them here at four and that's when they started putting it in play."


Here are your Fox34 highlights.