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Texas Tech Tuesday Morning Baseball Notes - Get Those Tough Guys Edition

Texas Tech Travels to Corpus Christi

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Corpus Christi
Starting Pitcher
3/17/2009 6:30 p.m. Nate Karns (0-2, 9.82) Andrew Toppert (0-2, 4.91) -
3/18/2009 6:30 a.m. Brandon Foster (0-0, 0.00) Jake Liedka (0-1, 5.87) -
Outfield LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Mason Macnoll (Fr.); RF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.)
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.); SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.); 2ND - Willie Rueda (Sr.); 1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.) or Nich Hanslik (Fr.)

*Click on the score for boxscore.

The Red Raiders (8-10) travel to Corpus Christi for the next two days to take on the Texas A&M Corpus-Christi Islanders (4-15). Here's the official press release (pdf). LAJ's George Watson takes a look at the series and writes that Texas Tech hopes to have more success on this road trip of Corpus Christi and 3 games against Baylor. First baseman Chris Richburg sounds confident about playing the Islanders:

"I think we’re definitely going to have a little more pep in our step going back out on the road," first baseman Chris Richburg said. "We got some good confidence from winning in conference at home and we have to go into this week and take it one at a time and try to do the same thing."

Head coach Dan Spencer talks about the luxury of having a pitcher like Chad Bettis, who has started and come out of the pen in the two wins against Nebraska:

"I think the luxury is having kids like Bettis who are unselfish as he is and who want to throw wherever they can to help the team," Spencer said. "It’s a luxury to have unselfish guys that are that talented. And there’s no tougher guy than AJ, there’s no doubt about that with what he’s been through with his arm and the uncertainty when he would pitch again or whether he would pitch again. You get those tough guys, those talented guys and that’s how you win late in games, that’s how you win in the conference."