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Texas Tech Tuesday Morning Baseball Notes - Compete For 45 Innings Edition

The Lobos Up Next

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
New Mexico
Starting Pitcher
3/31/2009 7:00 p.m. Louis Head (0-2, 5.57) Edwin Carl (2-0, 4.22) -
4/01/2009 3:00 p.m. TBA Willy Kesler (0-0, 99.00) -
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Garrett Totten (Fr.)
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 couple of interesting things coming from LAJ's George Watson's Short Hops blog, the first being the situtation regarding winning a game or two during midweek. Head coach Dan Spencer feels like his team wasn't deep enough to compete for midweek games as well as weekend series:

"We haven’t been deep enough on the mound to compete for 45 innings," Spencer said. "In the field and competing, I like what we’ve done and we’ve got a bunch of gamers. But to play 45 innings a week at the level we’d like to play at we’re not able to because we just don’t have the bodies. Is (the midweek) less important? No. But we know where we’ve got to make our hay and we have to win games on the weekend."

Watson also details how this team has been on the road for almost the entire season, and how that will change in the last half of the season.

Watson also notes that Spencer will likely change his weekend rotation, with struggling Miles Morgan now starting on Sunday rather than Friday. Here's Watson on Morgan's on-field and off-field struggles:

Morgan has struggled the last two weeks in Big 12 play, giving up a decisive six-run third inning at Baylor that led to an 8-4 loss, then allowing a five-run third to a light-hitting Texas team that led to a 9-5 loss. As it stands now, Morgan is 1-4 with a 6.90 ERA and is 0-3 with a no-decision in his last four starts.

Of course, Morgan has had more to deal with than your normal college senior. He is still finding his way after two years of shoulder injury, rehab and what not. Then, right before conference play started, he lost is father, former LCU standout Mark Morgan, and I know from personal experience that all you want to do is get back into your routine, but as a 22-23 year old it’s harder than it sounds.

Think a good thought or send some good mojo Miles' way.

DT's Mike Graham has a really good preview of the series with New Mexico, who by the way is ranked #18. Here's Spencer on the Lobos:

"New Mexico is a solid club," Spencer said. "They've got some guys batting over .400. They've done a good job with scheduling a lot of home games. They play in a very competitive league, but obviously it's not the Big 12."