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Monday Morning Matador: Texas Tech spring game, baseball sweep and other victories

Defense wins championships... unless you’re baseball.

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The defense takes the day at the Texas Tech Spring game, 40-27

In the annual Spring, fans and observers were given the opportunity to see where the Texas Tech football team stood since the ending of their 2017 season. Defensively there was a lot to love: Kolin Hill and Kevin Moore each had the team high with six tackle. Adrian Frye, Jordyn Brooks and Christian Taylor all had five each. Then Hill posted two of Tech’s four sacks joined by Michael Mays and Broderick Washington Jr with one sack apiece. Offensively there were definite shining moments but some positions remained to be solidified: McLane Carter finished 11-of-19 overall for 139 yards while Jett Duffey was 11-of-15 for 89 yards. Alan Bowman played well with the time he was given, completing 7-of-12 passes for 76 yards. You can see more details about the game at the link above or here.

Kansas State bears the wrath of the bats, outscored 56-16

Texas Tech’s baseball team claimed their first Big 12 sweep of the year against the Kansas State Wildcats. In a three game series the Red Raiders unleashed their wrath against the Wildcats utilizing skill, good coaching and one heck of a tail-wind. Outscoring Kansas State 21-4, 26-6, and 9-6 respectively bolstered Tech’s record to 29-8 (8-4 conference). Grant Little stole the show going 4-5 on Friday with one three-run home run and one grand slam. Throughout the series Little hit .500, scored seven runs, and totaled 13 RBIs. Texas Tech looks to take on New Mexico tomorrow at 2pm.

Texas Tech Claims Lady Boilermaker Classic Title (golf)

This Boilermaker Classic title marked the 24th for the Red Raiders since 1990 and the 12th under Head Coach JoJo Robertson - the most by a head coach in program history. The Red Raiders, who came into Sunday with an 11-stroke lead, finished out eight strokes better than No. 21 Purdue in second place and 28 swings in front of third place Augusta. The momentum from this victory will hopefully translate into the upcoming Big 12 Championships in Dallas. The three-day tournament begins Friday morning.

Women’s tennis has big win over No. 11 Oklahoma State

The No. 13 Texas Tech Women’s Tennis team earned their seventh ranked win of the season with a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon. It was the second win over a Top 15 team this season. Doubles pair Gabriela Talaba and Felicity Maltby took a 6-0 win just before Alex Valenstein and Lana Rush also defeated an OSU duo, 6-1. Katelyn Jackson gave the Lady Raiders a 2-0 advantage as she took 12 straight games for the win on her court. With that impressive domination, Jackson extended her win streak to three complete matches. Sabrina Federici moved to 4-1 in Big 12 play with a 6-2, 6-0 win over OSU powerhouse Marina Guinart. The Lady Raiders travel to West Virginia and Iowa State for the Big 12 finale next weekend.

Coach Beard, calling all graduate transfers

After successfully recruiting center Tariq Owens, Coach Beard has caught a second wind and is voraciously recruiting some top graduate transfer prospects. Currently South Dakota guard Matt Mooney is one of the hottest transfers in the nation. Mooney was named a member of the 2017-18 Lou Henson all-American team, put up 18.7 PPG last year and also averaged 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. At 6’3 Mooney would be a critical offensive power for Beard’s program. Another possibility, Ehab Amin, is a terrific guard from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Amin sat out last year with a hip injury but is looking to capitalize on his last year of eligibility and Texas Tech is one of his options to do so. He is 6’4 and known for his defensive prowess (a Beard favorite) in the 2016-2017 season he led the entire nation in steals per game at 3.44.

Long story short, it’s a lot more Texas Tech focused and... what’s the word... legible.