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Red Raider Hardball :: Texas Tech Wins 3rd Game and Series from Oklahoma St.

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Texas Tech (17-18, 6-6) vs. Oklahoma St. (18-11, 3-6)
Location: Allie P. Reynolds Stadium : Stillwater, OK
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Oklahoma St.
Starting Pitcher
Result
4.9.10 6:30 p.m. Louis Head
L, 1-2
Thomas Keeling
W, 3-3
L: 3-13
4.10.10 2:00 p.m. Bobby Doran
W, 2-2
Tyler Lyons
L, 2-2
W: 5-4
4.11.10 1:00 p.m. Chad Bettis
W, 4-3
Ian McCarthy
L, 0-1
W: 5-3
Outfield:
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Scott LeJeune (So.)
Infield:
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: Down 3-2 in the top of the ninth with two out, two on base and DH Scott LeJeune (3-5; 1 R; 1 HR; 4 RBI) hits a three-run home run, giving Texas Tech a 5-3 lead. LeJeune was the offense yesterday, except for another RBI from RF Hough Bonham (1-4; 1 RBI). The pitching staff, that is holding together for the weekend series, but not for the mid-day games, got a quality start from Jay Johnson (5.0 IP; 3 H; 3 R; 2 ER; 4 BB; 5 SO) and the rest of the bullpen allowed only one hit the rest of the way: Ben Flora (2.0 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 1 SO); Brett Bruening (0.2 IP; 0 H; 0 ER); and Chad Bettis (1.1 IP; 0 H; 0 ER; 1 BB; 1 SO). For those of you keeping score at home, Bettis notched a win and a save in this series.

The Red Raiders are tied for 4th in the Big 12 Standings and have already played the top two teams in the Big 12, Texas and Kansas St. The tough thing for Spencer, at least at this point, is that I think he pretty much concedes the mid-week games in an effort to have a somewhat healthy and ready pitching staff for the weekend. The fact that Spencer was able to get 2 quality starts this weekend is nothing short of a minor miracle and truthfully, for this team to win two games based on impressive pitching performances is strange, but strange is a good way. It's been tough getting behind this team, especially as they have struggled to even get to a .500 record.  However, Oklahoma St. is well above .500 overall, but now have some real work to do in conference.  As documented before, I'm a positive person and I'll choose to give a coach quite a bit of leeway before calling for his termination.  Spencer has gotten to .500 in conference play in the most unlikely way, but I'll take it.  I have no doubt that he knows that the pitching staff needs to improve, he sees it every day, but Spencer and his team won 12 conference and 25 non-conference games last year.  If that's our measuring stick, then I think the Red Raiders can get there.