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Texas Tech Friday Morning Baseball Notes - Resilient Bunch Edition

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Texas A&M
Starting Pitcher
4/3/2009 6:30 p.m. Brian Cloud (2-2, 4.42) Brooks Raley (5-0, 1.80) -
4/04/2009 6:30 p.m. AJ Ramos (3-1, 2.83) Alex Wilson (2-3, 3.41) -
4/5/2009 1:00 p.m. TBA Barret Loux (1-0, 4.83) -
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.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

The most significant news today is that head coach Dan Spencer has decided to switch up his rotation a bit. LAJ's George Watson has all of the details for this weekend's series against Texas A&M:

After a week of consideration, senior right-hander Brian Cloud, who opened the season as the closer, will get the start Friday. He may need the outing of his career, or else the Red Raiders may be sacrificing Friday and be forced to win two straight — something they’ve not done just once since the start of 2008 — to win the series. The Aggies will send out ace left-hander Brooks Raley (5-0, 1.80 ERA) for today’s opener, and Raley has not lost a game since Texas beat him in the Big 12 Tournament last year.

Head coach Dan Spencer mentioned moving Morgan to Sunday, although the official press release lists the Sunday pitcher as TBA, and remember to throw a good thought Morgan's way:

"Because of what we’re doing with Bettis, we’re trying to keep AJ on his day with Saturday," Spencer said before the team left for its midweek series at New Mexico. "Miles is going through some tough times with the passing of his dad (former Lubbock Christian University standout Mark Morgan) and I think it’s all hit him. I think he’s just tired and a little worn out, so we won’t throw him Friday night and move him to Sunday, and that opens up Friday right now and we’re bouncing around a couple of names."

And Spencer talks about his team and where they are mentally:

"I like our balance and I like our competitiveness," Spencer said. "But we are not over-talented to the point where we can make mistakes in any part of the three facets of the game and win the game. Our record is much different and I expected us to be better, but I like the makeup of our club and they go about their business and enjoy coming to the park. I think our guys for the most part are a confident bunch and a very resilient bunch, and they understand we can beat anybody."

DT's Mike Graham previews the Aggies and notes that the Aggies are pretty good on the mound. Here's pitcher AJ Ramos on the Aggies:

"They're going to challenge us," said Tech starter AJ Ramos, who will take the mound Saturday. "We're going to have to play defense, pitch good and be confident at the plate. We have to be confident at all positions. Once we know we can beat them, that's when we win the ballgame."

And don't forget, Ashley Hartzog, the 2008-2009 Masked Rider, will ride on the turf at Dan Law Field, the first time in Texas Tech's history. Go get your tickets and be a part of history.