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Texas Tech Wednesday Morning Baseball Notes - Young Arms Edition

Red Raiders Drop First Game to TAMU-CC

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Corpus Christi
Starting Pitcher
3/17/2009 6:30 p.m. Jordan Stern (L, 0-2) Brett Carnline (W, 1-3) 5-7
3/18/2009 6:30 p.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.

Texas Tech 5, Corpus Christi 7

This is not a game I thought Texas Tech would lose. The Texas A&M Corpus Christi  Islanders were 4-15 coming into last night's game, but this was the same problem that this team has faced this young season, which is lack of pitching depth (recap). LAJ's George Watson has the game story.

Nate Karns (3.0 IP; 2 H; 0 ER; 1 BB; 4 SO) had a good outing, but it was Jordan Stern (1.1 IP; 5 H; 4 R; 1 BB; 2 SO) and Brian Cloud (1.2 IP; 4 H; 2 ER; 2 BB; 1 SO) that couldn't keep the lead. Freshman third baseman Justin Berry (1-4; 2 RBI) had his first homerun of his career and led the offense, along with Michael Reed (2-4) and Joey Kenworthy (2-3).

Part of the problem with this team is that it's pretty good, as far as the pitching goes, for the weekend series with Ramos, Morgan and Bettis, but there's just no experienced depth.  Of Texas Tech's 15 pitchers, only 5 are upperclassmen, juniors or seniors, and that means that this squad and staff is relying on very young arms.  Of those 15 pitchers, 5 of them are true fresmen (Ben Flora, Colton Farrar, Brandon Foster, Louis Head and Brennen Stewart).