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Texas Tech Friday Morning Baseball Notes - Shown Up To Play Every Game Edition

Texas Tech Baseball:

Date Texas Tech Baylor Result
Fri. 05/16/08 @ 6:05 p.m. Zach Stewart (2-2, 5.31) Shawn Tolleson (5-3, 4.71) Boxscore
Sat. 05/17/08 @ 2:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (4-4, 5.95) Craig Fritch (3-3, 3.72) Boxscore
Sun. 05/18/08 @ 1:00 p.m. Nate Karns (2-6, 9.00) TBA Boxscore

LAJ's George Watson previews this final home series against Baylor where much is on the line. Here's Hays on what has to happen, starting tonight:

"For us to keep playing (past this weekend) we've got to be able to win the Friday game for all other things to be possible," Tech head coach Larry Hays said. "That's the direction we're heading. When you've got the record we've got it means you haven't handled things well and we've put ourselves in this predicament. We have to step up and do better than we've done in the past. I think it's possible we could do that because in my mind we're not as bad as our record shows. But somewhere you've got to prove it on the field and we haven't proven it yet."

Remember that the Red Raiders have to sweep Baylor and OSU has to win 2 of 3 against OU or to win 2 of 3 against Baylor, OSU sweep OU and Kansas sweep K-State. That's a tall order for this group, but Hays says his team came to play every day:

"The one downer about this (season) is these guys have shown up to play every game," Hays said. "They've been able to handle the disappointment that comes with not playing well. We're not a team that is able to get away with making a mistake, we're just not simply good enough. But from the standpoint of competitiveness, we've been ready to go every Friday and they've answered the bell all year. In a way, that makes them a special bunch of kids."