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Red Raider Hardball | Texas Tech Travels to TCU for Weekend Series

Texas Tech (10-3, 0-0) vs. TCU (5-6, 0-0)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Lupton Stadium | Ft. Worth, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
3.10.12 2:00 pm Duke von Schamann (RHP)
(2-1, 1.27)
Stefan Crichton (RHP)
(1-0, 2.60)
L, 1-2
3.11.12 1:00 pm Shane Broyles (RHP)
(2-0, 4.50)
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jamodrick McGruder
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Bryant Burleson
3RD - Reid Redman | 1ST - Scott LeJeune
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Kevin Whitehead

*Click on the score for boxscore.

SHORTENED SERIES | Due to inclement weather in the DFW area, the Friday evening game has been canceled and so Texas Tech will just play on Saturday and Sunday. Adjust your palm pilots.

BASEBALL THOUGHTS | The biggest thing about beating Arizona St. isn't that this team doesn't have the talent to compete with the top teams, but the difference is that this team is deeper than previous versions. David Paiz was a sometimes weekend starter last year and now he's a really good mid-week starter. It has been rare for Texas Tech to have good options for a midweek starter . . . LHP Daniel Coulombe hasn't pitched in what seems like a while, so I'm guessing that he's having a tough time recovering as he had Tommy John surgery last year. I hope he can get on track and maybe we'll see him this weekend against TCU . . . RHP Trey Masek has been spectacular thus far, giving the team 10.1 IP a 0.87 ERA, 7 hits, 2 walks and 15 strikeouts on the year. Closer LHP John Neely was supposed to be the All-American closer this year, but Masek is making his case . . . I'm not sure, but I think that true freshman 2B Bryant Burleson was hitting under .200 before last weekend and is now batting .233 so he's getting better as he plays a bit more. I'm guessing that Burleson is getting the start because of his defense and I'm hoping his bat eventually comes around . . . The three players who will be drafted next year, 1B Scott LeJeune, CF Barrett Barnes and 2B/RF Jamodrick McGruder are all raking right now. Here's your AVG/OBP/SLG:

Scott LeJeune: .360 / .404 / .460
Barrett Barnes: .347 / .448 / .592
Jamodrick McGruder: .324 / .554 / .432

That's a lot of production from your three best non-pitchers. They'll all be drafted, but they've all been really good for Texas Tech and they're playing really well this year . . . There are no articles previewing the game so I'll update this post throughout the weekend.

Game 1 | Texas Tech 1, TCU 2 (official site)

Tough loss yesterday, but again, the fact that this team is playing so darned close to a traditional power is telling. Starter Duke von Shamann was fantastic and pitched a complete game (8.0 IP | 4 H | 1 ER | 0 BB | 6 SO), the first of his career. von Shamann is unbelievable and if you are at all a fan of the great game, I'm thinking that you're going to want to watch von Shamann before his career is done at Texas Tech. The offense only managed 5 hits and the lone RBI was by 3B Reid Redman (1-3, 1 RBI) although CF Barrett Barnes was 2-4 with two doubles. The LAJ also has a recap of the game.