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Texas Tech Wednesday Morning Baseball Notes - Looking At Friday Edition

Texas Tech Baseball:

Date Texas Tech Dallas Baptist Result
Tue. 05/09/08 @ 6:35 p.m. 9 (W: Robert Kilcrease, 2-0) 8 (L: Ryan Goins, 3-2) Boxscore

The Red Raiders were able to hold off the Dallas Baptist Patriots for a 9-8 win on Tuesday. Robert Kilcrease pitched 5.0 innings, giving up 9 hits, 6 runs (only 3 earned), 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. The bullpen pitched well in relief, although James Leverton seems to be struggling a bit in his last few appearances. Leverton opened up the 8th inning, pitched only 0.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, both earned, walking none and striking out none. Brian Cloud did come in relief of Leverton, going 1.2 innings, without a blemish and striking out 1.

Willie Rueda continues to play well as he went 1-4 with 2 RBI, but the hero at the plate was Roger Kieschnick who went 2-5 and 3 RBI. Interestingly, Hays moved Kieschnick to third in the lineup, which makes some sense. With Rueda and kenworthy hitting the ball so well and Richburg playing pretty well as well, perhaps this is the best spot to protect Kieschnick.

LAJ's George Watson recaps last night's game. Here's Hays on this weekend's big series with Baylor, remember, the Red Raiders have got to sweep and it all starts on Friday:

"The whole thing is we're looking at Friday and I hope the guys aren't looking past Friday," Hays said. "Anything you want to do, you've got to do it on Friday for it to happen. We have to keep it right there because it's like that old saying that you can't hit 10-run home runs. We have to take care of Friday and how you handle (the series), there are a lot of different ways, but that's always worked best for me."