Texas Tech swept the 2-game midweek series versus New Mexico State. It wasn't quite as easy as I had hoped but they got the job done. Below are my takeaways on the series.
1) LOB: The Red Raiders left a whopping 29 runners on base over the course of the 2 games. They did win both games, but they didn't make it easy on themselves. They can get away with those numbers versus New Mexico State, but when Big 12 play rolls around the competition won't be as forgiving. Leaving an average of almost 1.5 runners on base will catch up with you quickly.
2) Raley: Corey Raley is absolutely on fire at the plate. He is batting .440 on the season with a .500 on-base percentage. He filled up the stat sheet against New Mexico State. He went 5-10 over the 2 games, drew 2 walks, scored 2 runs, batted in 1 run and didn't strikeout. That is really awesome stat line for the leadoff hitter. He didn't contribute to the bad LOB stat line either, as he left no runners on base. He is now riding a 7-game hit streak.
3) Pitching: The pitching was pretty solid as usual. They only gave up 5 earned runs over the course of the 2 games. There were 2 unearned runs that were a result of fielding errors. With the win yesterday, the Red Raiders improve to 7-0 when scoring more than 6 runs. Overall the Tech pitching sports a 3.17 ERA, which is very respectable. If they can maintain that ERA through conference, we will be fighting for the top spot.
Next Series: Texas Tech will travel to San Diego to take on the San Diego State Aztecs in a weekend series (March 13th-15th). We will have you a preview of that match up Friday morning.