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Red Raider Hardball :: Texas Tech Wins 5th Straight Big 12 Series


Texas Tech (26-22, 12-9) vs. Missouri (23-19, 7-10)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
4.30.10 6:30 p.m. Chad Bettis
L, 6-4
Jeff Emens
W, 3-3
L: 8-12
5.1.10 5:00 p.m. Bobby Doran
W, 4-2
Nick Tepesch
L, 4-4
W: 5-4
5.2.10 21:00 p.m. Brett Bruening
W, 3-4
Jeff Emens
L, 3-4
W: 16-15
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).

Texas Tech Wins Fifth Big 12 Series in a Row: I'm stinking amazed. This has already been mentioned in the comments section from the preview of the game, but catcher, yep, that's right, catcher Jeremy Mayo was forced to pitch for the first time since high school (1.2 IP; 2 H; 1 R; 1 ER; 1 BB; 1 SO) the third and deciding game because 6 pitchers pitched before him and I'd imagine that the staff was about as wiped out as you could get.

To set all of this up, the Red Raiders played well enough on Friday night, but Chad Bettis couldn't hang onto the win. You had four pitchers pitch on Friday night (Ben Flora, Colt Farrar, Brett Bruening, and Chad Bettis). On Saturday night, Bobby Doran pitches a gem of a game (8.1 IP; 9 H; 3 ER; 1 BB; 16 SO), striking out 16 for the game and Chad Bettis got the save (0.2 IP; 1 H; 1 ER; 2 BB; 1 SO) to lead Texas Tech to a pretty nice win. Those were the only two pitchers on Saturday. On Sunday, Texas Tech used eight pitchers (Jay Johnson, Brennan Stewart, Ben Flora, Colt Farrar, Brandon Petite, Justin Cooper, Jeremy Mayo and Brett Bruening). You'll note that Bettis, Flora, Farrar and Bruening all pitched on both Friday and Sunday.

And to top it all off, 1B Stephen Hagen gets a pinch-hit single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning in the third and series-winning game.

You can say a lot of things about this team and I'm pretty sure that I've said this before, that this team has no quit in them. The wins aren't pretty, but they're getting the job done.  And to think , that Mayo may be getting another shot to pitch again:

On making the decision to have Jeremy Mayo pitch:
"I never told him till I just changed them right there. I talked to him in about the fifth and he said something about it and I said `yeah, I'm thinking about it.' I don't think he took me seriously. Then when I went out, first I had to get it cleared up with Ray (Leible, umpire), and make sure we were on the same page. Then it was Jeremy, go. You get to the point where you are just trying to find a competitor. Throw it out there and see what you got. We didn't have a lot of options. We knew (Brett) Bruening was going to be a short burst deal today after throwing a lot on Friday. Then Bruening came in and got his man, so it worked out."

On whether or not you will see Jeremy Mayo on the mound again:
"I think I'll spend some time in the midweek working on his second pitch but yes, I think you'll see him again."

And as a teaser, Yahoo! Sports college baseball writer Kendall Rogers thinks that the Red Raiders not only make the Big 12 tournament, which is a given at this point, but will be a third seed in the Tempe Regional.

Recapping the Games:  LAJ's George Waton recaps the games (GM1, GM2 and GM3).  Watson mentions that the team is off for the next 12 days for final exams:

Tech will now be off for 12 days for final exams and will resume play May 14, hosting Baylor — which fell to ninth in the league after being swept by Texas — for what looks like a three-game series that could not only clinch a spot in the Big 12 tournament, but might also be the final piece to securing an NCAA regional berth for the first time in six years.

"We’ve got work to do, but we’re extremely happy with where we are at the break," Spencer said. "We’ll heal up and get back to work and hopefully be better when Baylor shows up. I feel good about being off this next week and we’ll be a better club when we come back out against Baylor."

DT's Mike Graham recaps the series, including a bit on former head coach Kal Segrist, who was honored this weekend.  The DT also has a video recap after the jump