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Texas Tech Tuesday Morning Baseball Notes - Getting More Comfortable Edition

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Texas A&M
Starting Pitcher
4/7/2009 3:30 p.m. Lorenzo Douglas (0-1, 7.11) Marc Gomez (1-1, 7.77) -
4/7/2009 6:30 p.m. Nate Karns (1-3, 6.75) Andy Benedict (1-1, 4.50) -
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Mason Macnoll (Fr.)
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.); SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.); 2ND - Garrett Totten (Fr.); 1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.)

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

DT's Mike Graham has a preview of the mid-week double-header with UT-San Antonio in Midland, a neutral location for both teams. Here's Graham on the Roadrunners:

However, UTSA has a 4-3 record against common opponents with Tech, including two wins apiece against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and San Francisco. The Roadrunners lost to Texas A&M 16-6 on March 31. The Red Raiders dropped both games of a two-game series with TAMU-CC and dropped their one-game match up with San Francisco.

Offensively, UTSA has several high-power hitters. Outfielder Jose Hernandez averages more than a run per game and leads the team with a .369 average. In total, UTSA has five hitters above the .320 mark.

The Roadrunners are a little less threatening pitchingwise, allowing opponents a .311 batting average. The bullpen combines for a 6.73 ERA compared to their combined opponents' 6.66.

And head coach Dan Spencer is watching his guys get all growns-up:

"Our guys are growing up in their areas," Tech coach Dan Spencer said. "I think they're getting more comfortable, and I think they think they can win. I was saying to (Tech pitching coach) Eddy (Gustafson), 'I don't think there's any team in the country that have played more ranked teams in a row than we have.'"