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Red Raider Hardball :: Texas Tech Hosts Kansas St. in Weekend Series


Texas Tech (12-15, 2-4) vs. Kansas St. (20-3, 3-0)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Kansas St.
Starting Pitcher
4.1.10 6:30 p.m. John Neely
1-1, 4.79
Evan Marshall
2-0, 4.19
4.2.10 6:30 p.m. Bobby Doran
0-2, 5.66
Ryan Daniel
5-0, 2.91
4.3.10 12:00 p.m. TBA
Kyle Hunter
5-0, 1.78
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Bo Altobelli (Fr.)                                  1ST - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

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

Preview: I'm not necessarily looking forward to taking on the #20 team in the nation this Easter Weekend and just looking at the pitching matchups (K-State has two pitchers that are 5-0 with sub 3.00 ERA? That's not fair), the bats had better show up if this team is going to have a chance. LAJ's George Watson and DT's Mike Graham preview this weekend's series and head coach Dan Spencer tells Watson that this team just isn't consistent right now:

"We’re not doing enough things right now, if you wrote the book on winning baseball, as far as managing the early innings, keeping it within a run or two and pitching well late in the game," Spencer said as his Red Raiders (12-15, 2-4 in Big 12) prepare to host No. 20 Kansas State (20-3, 3-0) in a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Dan Law Field beginning today.

"We haven’t done things consistently enough to win. If we can get a handle on that, we’ll be back to doing our thing. We have enough talent. We’re 12-15 and with the people we’ve played I would say that if we were 15-12 we’d feel better about it, that we’d be fine and be doing what we’re supposed to be doing."

And Graham writes that 1B/RF Barrett Barnes knows that the team has to do the little things consistently:

Texas Tech utility player Barrett Barnes and the rest of the Red Raiders find themselves in a familiar spot after dropping three consecutive games.But with a seven-game losing streak earlier in the season, the Red Raiders have been in a hole before and have the chance to get out once again when they begin a three-game series with Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. today at Dan Law Field.