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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 05.16.09

Texas Tech Baseball

Red Raiders and Cowboys

Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Oklahoma State
Starting Pitcher
5/15/2009 6:30 p.m. Chad Bettis (W, 5-0) Brad Propst (L, 1-1) 9-8
5/16/2009 1:00 p.m. Louis Head (1-3, 4.60) Tyler Lyons (5-5, 3.79) -
5/17/2009 1:00 p.m. TBA Tyler Blandford (7-3, 4.52) -
LF - Michael Reed (Jr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Jr.); RF - Garrett Totten (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Jr.)     2ND - Willie Rueda (Sr.);
3RD - Justin Berry (Fr.)                                  1ST - Chris Richburg (Sr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Fr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (Fr.)

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

Red Raiders Take First Game of Series

An Oklahoma State error led to the winning run, scored by Willie Rueda in the bottom of the eighth, to lead to a 9-8 win over the Cowboys (recap). This loss for Oklahoma State means that they are officially out of the running to get a spot in the Big 12 Tournament. And as a result, Texas Tech is playing for a better seed in the Big 12 Tournament.  Go check out LAJ's George Watson's recap of last night's game, lots of good detail in his report.

On the mound, starter Nate Karns (3.2 IP; 8 H; 6 ER; 3 BB; 7 SO) struggled to keep OSU off the bases, but the bullpen was pretty good, led by starter AJ Ramos (2.0 IP; 2 H; 0 ER; 3 BB; 3 SO) who pitched well in relief. Robert Kilcrease (1.1 IP; 1 H; 1 ER; 0 BB; 0 SO) gave the Red Raiders a nice inning, but Chad Bettis (2.0 IP; 3 H; 1 ER; 0 BB; 2 SO) sealed the win. At the plate, the Red Raiders got help all over the lineup. 2B Willie Rueda (2-5; 2 RBI), 1B Chris Richburg (2-5; 2 RBI) and 3B Garrett Totten (2-4; 2 RBI) all knocked in two runs.

Chris Snead, Tech Heckler



Merissa Ferguson/Lubbock Avalanche / Merissa Ferguson Texas Tech baseball fan Chris Snead heckles Oklahoma State University's team from the stands during their game against the Red Raiders on Friday night at Dan Law Field. Snead is a leader of the Tech Hecklers.

You may not know Chris Snead, but if you've been to a baseball game, you've probably heard him. LAJ's Doug Hensley sits down with Texas Tech's most famous heckler. Snead is the lead man of The Tech Hecklers and his group is a staple at Dan Law Field for Texas Tech baseball:

"We bill ourselves as baseball fans, and we're baseball guys and girls," Snead said. "When someone comes into our group, they learn our rules."

Indeed, posted right there on the Heckler Web site are the "10 Commandments of Heckling," taken straight from Snead's book. The mandates include admonitions such as "Thou shalt not use profanity," "Thou shalt not cross the line," and "Thou shalt remember the children."

"We live by those every day," Snead said of the commandments. "The attraction to our group is we want to always be funny and always be clever. We have offended some people - other fans and our own fans - but they said, 'Those guys don't cuss, they didn't talk about people's mommas and they didn't do stuff that happens at other places. And they had a lot of fun.'"