Texas Tech (24-21, 10-8) vs. Missouri (22-17, 6-8)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
|Date||Start Time||Texas Tech
|4.30.10||6:30 p.m.||Ben Flora
|5.1.10||5:00 p.m.||Bobby Doran
|5.2.10||12:00 p.m.||Jay Johnson
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Bonham Hough (Sr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.) 2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.) 1ST - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Jr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)
*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf). I'm going to be gone for the weekend, so feel free to update in the comments.
Taking on the Tigers: For the first time in a long time the Red Raiders have named a Sunday starter, Jay Johnson. I have no idea if this is going to screw up Texas Tech's mojo, but typically that Sunday spot was reserved for Chad Bettis, but considering the pace that Bettis has been on in the last few weeks, it seemed unlikely that he would be able to start as it seems as if he's pitching in Saturday and Sunday games and has helped win those four Big 12 conferences series in a row. Not only that, but I don't recall Ben Flora getting a start in quite some time and LAJ's George Watson addresses this issue with head coach Dan Spencer:
"We need to figure out a way to win on Fridays just for the fact of having that ease off our shoulders a bit," said Bettis, who leads Tech in wins (six), innings pitched (702/3) and strikeouts (81). "Winning a Friday game would put us at ease on Saturday and Sunday. If we can get that chance to win a Friday game then we have a chance to sweep. Losing big on Friday has motivated us to come out stronger on Saturday and Sunday, but we need to come out and play every game really like it’s our last series of the year."
DT's Adam Coleman writes that head coach Dan Spencer is not looking past the Tigers:
"The way we look at it, Missouri’s standing in the way of where we want to go," he said. "I’m sure Missouri’s looking at us the same way. ‘Hey we gotta get through Tech to go where we want to go.’ So I think it’s a dog-eat-dog league. We’re all big boys in this league and I think that’s good. I think it’ll help our focus. I think it’ll help our bodies as far as travel."
And DH Scott LeJeune would love to make a regional, but knows that this team has not accomplished anything:
"We weren’t put here at the beginning," he said. "I think we’ve accomplished a lot, but at the same time, we have a lot things left to do. At this point, we really haven’t accomplished anything in the fact that we have a lot of goals that we want to achieve at the end of the season. So we have to keep on rolling from here."