Texas Tech (15-18, 4-6) vs. Oklahoma St. (18-10, 3-4)
Location: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium : Stillwater, OK
|Date||Start Time||Texas Tech
|4.9.10||6:30 p.m.||Louis Head
|4.10.10||2:00 p.m.||Bobby Doran
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Scott LeJeune (So.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.) 2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.) 1ST - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Jr.)
DH - Kevin Whitehead (So.)
*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).
Recap: I guess this is what happens when your team gets down to only 11 pitches that aren't ready to pitch yet. Louis Head (3.1 IP; 10 H; 8 ER; 2 BB; 4 SO) struggled mightily as he gave up 7 of those 8 earned runs in the 4th inning, but there aren't many options avilable. Head coach Dan Spencer may not have many options and will probably be forced to stick with pitchers, simply for the reason that they have to eat some innings as he's running with a pretty short bullpen right now. Reliever Scott Erzinger (3.1 IP; 2 H; 4 R; 4 ER; 3 BB; 3 SO) was better, but he wasn't good. The offense struggled as well as 1B Barrett Barnes (3-4; 1 R) managed 3 hits and CF Taylor Ashby (2-4; 2 RBI) drove in 2 RBI.
LAJ's George Watson recaps the game:
The combination of the Big 12 Conference’s best offense and its worst pitching staff on the same field at the same time spelled disaster for the Texas Tech baseball team Friday night.
Oklahoma State, hitting .332 in conference play, hammered a Tech pitching staff that came into the weekend with a Big 12-worst 6.62 ERA for 16 hits, blowing the game open with a seven-run fourth inning en route to a 13-3 rout of the Red Raiders in a Big 12 series opener Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Oklahoma State (18-10, 3-4 in Big 12) took advantage of an already thin pitching staff that got thinner this past week when it was learned normal Friday starter John Neely would miss the rest of the season with a broken hand suffered in an off-field incident. Tech (15-18, 4-6) turned to right-hander Louis Head for the start against the Cowboys, but Head made it through just three innings before melting down.