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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe // 05.17.09

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 (L, 1-4) Tyler Lyons (W, 6-5) 5-14
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).

Series Tied 1-1

Very impressive outing from Oklahoma State's Tyler Lyons, who pitched 8 innings gave up 3 earned runs, walked 2 and struck out 7 Red Raiders (recap). OSU was able to put enough runs on the board in the 2nd and 3rd innings to win the games as starter Louis Head (3.0 IP; 9 H; 7 ER; 2 BB; 4 SO) struggled to get out of the third. The bullpen wasn't much better as only Ben Flora (1.0 IP; 0 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 1 SO) was able to get any outs. Cory Large, Lorenzo Douglas and Brandon Foster all struggled to a certain extent. At the plate, the Red Raiders had plenty of hits (12), but just couldn't turn those hits into runs. 2B Willie Rueda (3-5) and Chris Richburg (1-3; 2 RBI) led a pretty quite offense.

LAJ's George Watson recaps yesterday's game and as far as the Big 12 Tournament is concerned, here's the latest:

About the only good news on the day for Tech came from up north, where 10th-place Nebraska beat eighth-place Baylor, 5-0, ensuring the Red Raiders will finish the regular season no lower than seventh, their best regular-season finish since 2004.

Thanks to the Cowboys (31-22, 8-16), though, the best finish Tech can hope for now is sixth, and that will take a win in today’s 1 p.m. regular-season finale and a much better effort than was shown on Saturday.