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Red Raiders Baseball Update

Tech turns it's attention to two tough opponents.

Feb. 8, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas-Texas Tech has started off its 1998 baseball season with a 3-1 record following a 7-6 loss at New Mexico (2/3) and three victories against NCAA Division II West Texas A&M.

This week, the Red Raiders turn their attention to two tough opponents- TCU (2/10, 2/11) and Long Beach State (2/13, 2/14, 2/15). Long Beach State was ranked No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Fabulous 40 preseason poll. As of Monday, the Red Raiders have not decided who they will pitch against TCU with the Long Beach series ahead.

Who's Hot for Texas Tech...
*Jason Landreth, OF. Landreth has started off the season on a tear. Over the first four games, Lando is hitting .667 (10-15) with 6 RBI and 6 runs scored. He is 4-5 in stolen bases and has three doubles, a home run and 4 bases-on-balls. His on-base percentage is .737 and he has a slugging percentage of 1.067. Landreth's early season success has matched his approach in preseason: he means business.

*Monty Ward, RHP. Ward had an outstanding first outing against West Texas A&M- 5.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 8 strikeouts and he did it all while limping off the field with a pulled hamstring.

*TTU Starting Pitchers. Ward, Shane Wright and Jesse Cornejo all had outstanding starts against West Texas A&M. Wright rebounded from a disappointing performance against New Mexico to register his first victory on the season. Already, the Red Raiders starters have combined for a 3-0 record and 3.29 ERA. They have lasted 19.1 innings and allowed only seven earned runs. What's more, Tech starters have struck out 24 batters- 6 per game.

*Junior Rodriguez, SS. Rodriguez has already shown why he was the most recruited shortstop in the nation last year. In the first four games, Rodriguez has already put on a spectacular power display as the junior has hit three home runs and is on a four-game hitting streak. He is batting .471 (8-17) with a 1.059 slugging percentage.

*Keith Ginter, DH. Ginter is leading the Red Raiders with 10 RBI from his leadoff position and had a spectacular day vs. West Texas A&M with a 3-4, 6 RBI, home run and double performance on Sunday. He will remain as the designated hitter.

Texas Tech's Preseason Honors: * Baseball America projected Big 12 champion (coaches' vote)

* Collegiate Baseball projected Big 12 champion (coaches' vote)

* Keith Ginter- Collegiate Baseball First Team All America ... The Sporting News All America Second Team; Collegiate Baseball projected Player of the Year; Baseball America "Player to Watch"; Collegiate Baseball "Player to Watch"

* Josh Bard- The Sporting News All America Second Team; Collegiate Baseball All America Third Team; Baseball America "Player to Watch"; Collegiate Baseball "Player to Watch"; USA Baseball invitee

* Jason Landreth- Collegiate Baseball "Player to Watch"

* Monty Ward- Baseball America "Player to Watch"; Collegiate Baseball "Player to Watch"

* Brad Ralston- Collegiate Baseball "Player to Watch"

* Miles Durham- USA Baseball invitee

Team Notes
* Strikeouts galore! Texas Tech pitchers have already struck out a total of 43 batters in their first four games. That's 10.8 strikeouts per game.. In the West Texas A&M series alone, the Red Raiders mowed down 39 batters. In 156 total batters faced, Texas Tech pitchers have struck out 43 batters- that's 28 percent!

* Texas Tech scored a combined 46 runs against West Texas A&M this weekend. The Red Raiders rallied for 48 hits off Buffaloe pitching.

* Winning a game at Dan Law Field against head coach Larry Hays has been a difficult feat for opponents to accomplish. Hays boasts a 245-51 record in 11 seasons at Dan Law Field. Those victories give him an .828 winning percentage at the Raiders' home field.

* Following a loss at New Mexico, Texas Tech was on a four-game losing streak after losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship, Southwest Texas State and Southwest Missouri State and New Mexico in succession. Even though Tech has occasionally gone on three-game losing streaks, the last time the Red Raiders have lost four games in a row was in 1992 (4/10-4/14, 3 games to TCU, one game to Lubbock Christian).

* With the New Mexico loss, Texas Tech is 26-24 all-time in season openers. Head coach Larry Hays is 6-6 in season openers. Opening games have proven to prove little as far as how the Raiders finish the season out. Last year, the Red Raiders lost 10-1 to TCU at Dan Law Field but finished 46-14 on the season. In 1995, Tech lost a 6-3 decision at Arizona State but finished the season at 51-14.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL: A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Red Raider Baseball accomplishments over the last three years:

*Two conference championships- 1997, 1995
*Three NCAA Regional appearances
*Two hosted NCAA Regionals in Lubbock
*146-43 three-year record (95-97)
*.772 three-year winning percentage (95-97)
*Ranks sixth in nation in three-year win total
*95-29 two-year record (1996 & 1997)
*.766 two-year winning percentage
*Ranks sixth in two-year win total (95 wins)
*1990's decade record: 331-167 (.692 pct.)
*Ranks 15th in 1990's winning total (331)
*Ranks 12th in 1990's winning percentage
*Nationally ranked 14 of 17 weeks in 1997
*First-ever No. 1 ranking for 3 weeks in 1997
*First ever No. 1 ranking for a TTU sport
*Nationally ranked 16 of 16 weeks in 1996
*14 All America players in three years
*15 All-Region honors earned by 9 players
*25 All-Conference honors earned
*15 First Team All-Conference honors earned
*5 Player of the Year honors earned by 3 players
*12 All-Conference Tournament honors earned
*Five GTE Academic All Americas earned
*One GTE Academic All America of the Year
*11 players drafted in MLB Draft (95-97)
*40 individual school records broken
*35 team school records broken
*Won first-ever Big 12 regular season title
*Nationally ranked in 16 categories (96-97)
*Nationally ranked in 12 team categories
*Attendance over 2,000 (1996 and 1997)
*Head coach Larry Hays surpassed 1,100 wins
*Hays: two-time Coach of the Year
*Hays among top-5 active winningest coaches
*Hays among top-11 all-time winning pct.
*1,890.3 attendance average (95-97)
*2,296.8 attendance average (96-97)
*26 of top 34 top game attendances set
*Over 2,000+ attendance average last 2 years
*Combined Batting Average of .348 (95-97)
*Combined ERA of 4.28 (95-97)
*12.4 hits per game (95-97)
*288 home runs (95-97), 1.5 per game

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