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Texas Tech Baseball Links: Look at Columbia; Texas Tech Expected to Turn it Around

Columbia could be a surprise team of the NCAA's and the Lions have named a starter. The players at Texas Tech had an expectation of turning it around for the Red Raiders.

Photo credit S Norman.

Columbia is a Team to Watch. I've been searching a bit for information on Columbia and ran across a bit about how Columbia is a scrappy team that's patient at the plate:

A potential sleeper in this year's bracket also comes from the Empire State: the Ivy League champion Columbia Lions, who are the No. 3 seed in the Coral Gables Regional. Columbia is a pesky-hitting team that rarely strikes out, runs the bases aggressively and plays great defense. In Friday night starter David Speer (7-2, 1.86 ERA, seven walks in 87 innings) the Lions have a polished lefthander who won't be overwhelmed pitching the opening game against No. 2 seed Texas Tech. Columbia took its lumps when it traveled to Texas earlier this year, but that experience against big-time competition eliminates the awe that most Ivy League teams feel when they make their way to a regional.

Columbia's Starter. And the NY Times takes a look at the Lions and it looks like David Speer will get the start:

David Speer, the Ivy League pitcher of the year, heads Columbia's strong staff. He led the nation with four shutouts while compiling a 7-2 record with a 1.86 earned run average. Although his fastball averages in the mid-80s, he compensates for his lack of velocity with command of an assortment of pitches. He struck out 75 and walked only seven in 87 innings.

Texas Tech will start Chris Sadberry, who is 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA.

Expected to Turn Things Around. For Texas Tech, the players are excited and proud about making the NCAA Tournament, here's Dominic Moreno:

"It means a lot," said right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno, who came to Tech as a sophomore in 2013 after one season at Howard Junior College in Big Spring. "Bringing in, some of the junior college kids he brought in ... it's pretty amazing knowing that we were Tadlock's first signing class. We are some of the guys he expected to turn this thing around. It's special knowing that we helped do that."