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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-03-15

I don't even know anymore. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
I don't even know anymore. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | I've updated the baseball post and it should be below this one. We'll have another post tomorrow for the Baylor series. Quickly, Texas Tech beat Alabama A&M 25-5 (official site) and LAJ's George Watson recaps the game. LAJ's Watson also has a preview of the Baylor series.

Excellent interview by The Williams and Hyatt Show of C Bo Altobelli. Give it a listen.

Minor League Ball's John Sickels discusses four outfielders for the 2012 Minor League Draft and discusses OF Barrett Barnes:

Barrett Barnes, OF, Texas Tech: Barnes is a 6-1, 210 pound right-handed hitter and thrower, born July 29, 1991. He is the nephew of former major league pitcher Anthony Young, so he's got professional bloodlines. Baseball America had a nice piece about him yesterday, and he's off to a good start this year, hitting .362/.457/.638 in his first 16 games for Texas Tech, with 10 walks and 10 strikeouts in 58 at-bats. He's also stolen 11 bases in 11 attempts. Barnes has an intriguing power/speed combination, and if he continues to control the strike zone well, his tools could push him into late first-round consideration. His only below-average tool is his throwing arm. VIDEO.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | The softball team swept Stony Brook yesterday, winning the first game 4-1 (official site) and the second game 6-3 (official site).

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL | LAJ's David Just writes that the WNIT is an opportunity for this team to show what they can do:

"We want to compete and we want to win," junior guard Casey Morris said. "We still want to win a championship so our goal is to win the NIT championship."

Curry and the Lady Raiders aren’t worried about coming out flat today.

The intensity in practice, senior Jordan Barncastle said, has been exemplary.

"We’ve kind of dictated our tempo and how we’re going to play in the postseason tournament through practice this week," Barncastle said. "Our intensity has been very good and people have had good attitudes."

RED RAIDER BASKETBALL | Remember how I said last week that with the commitment of F Aaron Ross that head coach Billy Gillispie might not be done? TIFWIW, but Matt Boyer, a local Yuma, Arizona sports human being, tweeted this:

Renan Lenz (6-9/220) power forward from Arizona Western, C.C. You can see his JUCO stats here, where he's averaging about 13 PPG and 9.5 RPG. Just something to watch.

College Basketball Talk's Kellon Hassenstab has a bit about Texas Tech commit F Aaron Ross:

Recruiting junkies will remember that Ross was a member of Arkansas’ bang up recruiting class under former coach John Pelphrey last year. Ross was an in-state star at Pulsaki Academy (Ark.), but failed to qualify for initial eligibility at Arkansas.

Instead, Ross rerouted to prep school at St. John’s Northwest Military Academy (Wis.), where he made good use of the extra season, by all accounts. In Ross and Bail, Texas Tech has a potent frontcourt combination on their hands, as some considered Ross a top-100 player for much of his high school career. Given the success of this year’s team, starting slots are presumably open for the taking for next season at Texas Tech, and it’s reasonable to assume that Ross and Bail could be in the mix.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | Two more things related to the arrests of TE Jace Amaro and RB Kenny Williams: per the LAJ's Tommy Magelssen, the TABC has closed their probe (gross) in regards to whether or not the bar acted appropriately (they did) and Texas Tech now sits 4th in the Fulmer Cup thanks to these arrests. Woot? If you click on the EDSBS link, it's going to take a while to load as they have over 1,00 comments on that post.

I very much enjoyed this Raider Power profile on new defensive line coach Fred Tate:

The official site has a list of sporting events that are happening before and after the spring game.