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Texas Tech Sunday Evening Baseball Notes - Stealing A Game Edition

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Texas Tech 13, Baylor 8

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Baylor
Starting Pitcher
Result
3/20/2009 6:30 p.m. Miles Morgan (L, 1-3) Kendal Volz (W, 2-1) 4-8
3/21/2009 6:30 p.m. AJ Ramos (L, 2-1) Logan Verrett (W, 6-0) 4-5
3/22/2009 1:30 p.m. Chad Bettis (W, 3-0) Craig Fritsch (L, 1-3) 13-8
Outfield:
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Mason Macnoll (Fr.); RF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.)
Infield:
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.); SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.); 2ND - Willie Rueda (Sr.); 1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.) or Nich Hanslik (Fr.)

*Click on the score for boxscore.

A pretty nice win by the Red Raiders (recap). Chad Bettis didn't pitch all weekend and that meant he was going to get the start on Sunday. I can live with this type of set-up. Sophomore pitcher Chad Bettis (8.0 IP; 8 H; 4 R; 3 ER; 3 BB; 8 SO) was spectacular and he had the run support to simply just pitch. Sophomore Austin Quick (0.0 IP; 4 H; 4 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) couldn't get a soul out in the 9th and gave up two home runs in his 13 pitches. Thankfully, pitcher Brian Cloud (1.0 IP; 0 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) pitched a great 9th inning with two ground outs and a the last hitter flying out to center.

The offense was tremendous, led by freshman Garrett Totten (2-4; 5 RBI; 1 HR), who was initially slated to play 3B for Texas Tech, but when freshman Justin Berry hits .315 during his injury, it's hard to take out his bat. Thus, Totten played right field, hit is first home run as a Red Raider, a grand slam. Chris Richburg (3-5; 4 RBI; 1 HR) also homered and helped lead the offense. And not to forget Justin Berry (2-4; 1 RBI) who continues to get on base in just about every game.

There are some encouraging thoughts from this weekend's series on the pitching front. Miles Morgan had a rough first game, but reliever Cory Large was great from the pen, not allowing a run. AJ Ramos pitched well enough to win (only giving up 4 ER, which isn't bad) and reliever Robert Kilcrease gave up a run in 3.0 innings of work. The game today also exhibited excellent work from Brian Cloud and if Spencer can lean on Bettis, Large, Cloud or Kilcrease, along with a good start from Morgan and Ramos, then maybe this season is going to be okay. Just don't look for a ton of mid-week wins from this team.