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Monday Morning Matador: sometimes all it takes is a second chance

Dakota Allen’s open letter to GMs and performances in the combine have us all hopeful for his professional success. Oh! And other sports.

Texas Tech holds first practice with Coach Wells

“Every player can start where they want. That doesn’t mean that’s the position they’ll end up at, but they can start where they want.” - Coach Wells

Baseball falls to Nebraska and Mississippi State in Frisco Classic

In a very drawn out game, Texas Tech kept Nebraska off the board until the seventh inning when the Cornhuskers bagged two RBI singles from Mojo Hagge and Colby Gomes. The Red Raiders’ lone run came in the third inning from Brian Klein’s RBI, and the game ended 2-1 Nebraska. The next day Texas Tech took on Mississippi State in day two of the Frisco Classic. It was a dual of the pitchers as neither team took more than one run in an inning all night, so bad that Texas Tech only had three hits all night. The Bulldogs had the favor of the bats and were able to score 4 runs to the Raider’s 2. Instead of playing Sam Houston State, the Frisco Classic canceled the game due to weather and now Texas Tech will be traveling to San Diego to take on San Diego State in their next series.

Dakota Allen impresses at NFL Combine

From Texas Tech to Last Chance U back to Texas Tech, Dakota Allen has won the hearts of the Red Raiders and garnered the interest of NFL scouts nationwide. Despite Texas Tech’s moniker of really bad defense, Allen was always a bright spot. In his invitation to the NFL Combine he wrote an open letters to GMs expressing that if they would give him that chance that he would impress them. Allen’s stats for the Combine were:

40 yard: 4.77 seconds Broad Jump: 116’’

Bench: 23 (225lbs) 3 Cone: 6.88 seconds

Vertical: 31.5’’ 20 yd shuttle: 4.04 seconds

Final prospect grade: 5.19, or, a better-than-average-chance-to-make-nfl-roster

Tennis thwarts Iowa and Nebraska

In an early morning death-match, Texas Tech rolled the Iowa Hawkeyes with a fast start securing doubles points. Tommy Mylnikov and Parker Wynn did wonders defeating their opponents in straight-set fashion as well, and points from singles was rounded out by Franco Ribero who provided the fifth and final point of the morning. Later, the Red Raiders took on the Cornhuskers and mimicked the same scoring pattern. Early doubles wins followed by more straight-set victories was topped off by a huge win from Ilgiz Valiev. Up next Texas Tech travels to the midwest to take on Indiana and Northwestern.

Basketball survives Oklahoma State, rolls TCU

Against Oklahoma State it was all Davide Moretti for the Red Raiders. The Italian national went 12-for-12 from the freethrow in addition to some clutch shots to put away a very dangerous Oklahoma State team. Culver recorded his third double-double of the season while Tariq Owens contributed an impressive 16 points of his own. The Red Raiders were pushed to overtime by incredible three-point shooting from Cowboys’ Lindy Water and Thomas Dziagwa. In overtime both Matt Mooney and Moretti took over for the Red Raiders and finished the game out with an 84-80 win. It certainly felt like March.

Then Texas Tech traveled to Fort Worth (Lubbock East) to take on a TCU team ripe for a win. Coach Beard wasn’t going to allow what happened against Oklahoma State happen again as five Red Raiders ended up in the double-digits for scoring. The team shot a fantastic 56.9% from the field and had eight 3-pointers, holding the Horned Frogs to 38.7% shooting. The 81-66 victory established two new program records by winning their 12th Big 12 Conference game as well as extending a seven-game conference winning streak. Tonight the lights will go out against Texas in Senior Night, Big Monday blackout game.

Softball continues dominating competition

North Texas might not have known what it was getting into against this Texas Tech softball team, as the Lady Raiders recorded a season-high 16 hits against the Mean Green. The hits translated into 8 strong runs, four of which came in the second inning from the efforts of Breanna Russell, Taylor Satchell, Kelcy Leach, Yvonne Whaley, Heaven Burton and Karli Hamilton. Tech finished strong 8-1 over North Texas and the hitting streak carried over to their game against UT Arlington. The Lady Raiders dinged 14 hits which translated to eight runs and helped lift them over the Mavericks with a solid 8-4 victory.

The Red Raiders’ hitting streak carried over against the Mavericks as Tech tallied 14 hits in the team’s 8-4 victory over UT Arlington. Morgan Hornback made her second start of the season and tossed 3.2 innings against the Mavericks. The victories push Texas Tech softball to 17-1 on the season, and up next is a doubleheader against UTEP at Rocky Johnson Field tomorrow.