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Baseball Week in Review

Red Raiders finish tough week

Feb. 23, 1998

The Texas Tech baseball team will begin its week with a 9-5 record. Texas Tech will host Howard Payne on Tuesday at Dan Law Field beginning at 4 p.m. The Red Raiders will begin Big 12 Conference play this weekend at Texas A&M. All four games will be carried on either KKAM 1340-AM or 790-AM via Mark Finkner.

Texas Tech's Preseason/Season Honors:

  • Josh Bard- Big 12 Conference Player of the Week (for week of Feb. 16, 1998)
  • 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
  • The final game against Long Beach State snapped an eight-game season Texas Tech team home run game streak. It also snapped a 13-game streak dating back to last season.
  • Texas Tech scored a combined 46 runs against West Texas A&M. Plus, 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. Already, Texas Tech has won its first six games at home. Before the season began, Hays boasted 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 in the 1998 Polls
Week          CB    BA    BW    TSN
Preseason     17th  8th   9th   10th
Week 1 (2/2)  NP    NP    NP    10th        
Week 2 (2/9)  17th  9th   NP    12th
Week 3 (2/16) 17th  9th   9th   9th
Key: CB=Collegiate Baseball; BA=Baseball America; BW=USA Today Baseball Weekly-ESPN; TSN=The Sporting News; NP=No poll conducted.

The Games in Phoenix


Texas Tech defeats Grand Canyon 7-1
Starter Shane Wright notches second complete game and third win of year as Junior Rodriguez hits sixth home run of season

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Texas Tech starter Shane Wright limited Grand Canyon to one run in his second complete game as Texas Tech notched its eighth victory on the season with a 7-1 victory at Grand Canyon. With the victory, Texas Tech improves to 8-2 on the 1998 campaign as Grand Canyon falls to 8-3.

Wright (3-0) earned his third victory after allowing only six hits, one run and one earned run over 9.0 innings pitched. He only walked one batter and struck out six.

While Wright was doing the job on the mound, the Texas Tech offense scored five runs in its first three innings. Tech scored one run in the first inning after Keith Ginter reached base on an error and Jason Landreth drove him home with a sacrifice fly. The Red Raiders scored two in the second inning on Jason Huth's RBI ground ball and Mark Austry's RBI single. Shortstop Junior Rodriguez nailed a two-RBI home run over the right field fence to put Texas Tech up 5-0 in the third inning. That was all Texas Tech needed.

Rodriguez finished the afternoon 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Huth finished 2-5 with his first homer of the season and two RBI, Brandon Buckley wnet 2-5 with two runs scored, Austry finished 2-4 with an RBI and Josh Bard went 2-5 with a run scored.

The game also marked the return of Keith Ginter to second base. Ginter, recovering from an arm injury which reduced his role to designated hitter in the first nine games, handled six defensive plays and finished with one putout and five assists.

LINESCORE                      R   H  E
Texas Tech    122  010  100    7  12  1
Grand Canyon  000  000  010    1   6  2
TTU: Wright and Bard. GCU: Curtis and Torres (6) and Hamel.
WP: Wright (TTU) 3-0.
LP: Curtis (1-1).
Save: None.
Doubles: TTU- Bard (3). GCU- Hamel (5), Holtorf (4).
Triples: None.
Home Runs: TTU- Rodriguez (6), Huth (1).
TOG: 2:23.
Att: 227.

BYU defeats Texas Tech 4-1
Red Raiders drop third game of season

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- BYU handed the Texas Tech baseball team its third loss on the season with a 4-1 decision Thursday at Phoenix' Municipal Stadium. The game was Texas Tech's first in the Oakland As Spring Training Invitational. The loss drops Texas Tech to 8-3 on the season while BYU improves to 7-2 overall.

BYU grabbed a quick 3-0 lead after its first two offensive innings. The Cougars scored one run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Pond. BYU scored two more in the second inning off a two-RBI single by Troy McNaughton. The Cougars scored an insurance run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by David Decker.

Texas Tech's Jesse Cornejo (2-1) pitched 7.0 innings and allowed nine hits and four runs (four earned). He struck out a career-high 11 Cougar batters. BYU's Jeremy Guthrie (2-0) earned the victory after limiting Tech to six hits and one run in a complete game.

Texas Tech scored one run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ryan Ruiz walked and advanced to third on a Keith Ginter single and error by the BYU leftfielder. He scored on a wild pitch.

LINESCORE                    R   H  E
BYU          120  010  000   4  12  1
Texas Tech   000  010  000   1   6  1
BYU: Guthrie and Gilmore.
TTU: Cornejo, Smith (8) and Stewart (8) and Bard.
WP: Guthrie (BYU) 2-0.
LP: Cornejo (TTU) 2-1.
Save: None.
Doubles: BYU- Farnsworth, Wingett. TTU- Ginter (4), Durham (4).
Triples: None.
Home Runs: None.
TOG: 2:20.
Att: 110.
Played at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in the Oakland As Spring Training Invitational.

Santa Clara defeats Texas Tech 9-4 in Phoenix
Red Raiders drop fourth game of season

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The University of Santa Clara handed Texas Tech its fourth loss of the young season on a 9-4 decision Saturday at Phoenix' Municipal Stadium. The loss drops Texas Tech to 8-4 on the season and improves Santa Clara to 8-3.

Santa Clara took an early 2-1 lead in the second inning, fended off a Tech comeback to tie (3-3) in the third and put the Red Raiders away with a two-inning fifth and three-run seventh.

Santa Clara collected 18 hits and nine runs (eight earned) off Red Raider pitching. Kevin Okimoto led the Bronco charge with four hits and three RBI.

Texas Tech was led by Mark Austry who finished 4-4 with two runs scored. Miles Durham collected two hits and drove home an RBI, Jason Landreth went 1-3 with an RBI and Ryan Ruiz finished 1-3 with an RBI.

Tech's Eric Cooper (0-1) earned his first loss of the season after pitching 4.0 innings and allowing eight runs and five runs (all earned). Santa Clara's Ryan Bulich (2-0) earned the victory in 6.1 innings.

LINESCORE                    R   H  E
Texas Tech    011  000  110  4  10  1
Santa Clara   021  020  31x  9  18  0
TTU: Cooper, Stewart (5), Watkins (7) and J. Smith (7) and Buckley.
USC: Bulich and Rice (7) and Laubach.
WP: Bulich (USC) 2-0.
LP: Cooper (TTU) 0-1.
Save: None.
Doubles: TTU- Austry (1), Rodriguez (3), Buckley (2), Durham (5). USC- Okimoto 2.
Triples: USC- Mott.
Home Runs: None.
TOG: 3:22.
Att: 125.

Ralston leads Texas Tech to victory in first start
Red Raiders notch 4-0 shutout victory against Nevada-Reno

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Junior Brad Ralston pitched a complete game shutout for Texas Tech in leading the Red Raiders to a 4-0 victory against Nevada Saturday at Papago Park in the Oakland A's Spring Training Invitational.

Ralston (2-1) pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits and no runs in earning his second victory of the season. In addition, Ralston struck out a near-career high seven batters. It was his first start of the season and career high for innings pitched.

The game was only seven innings because the two teams were playing in a makeup game of Friday's cancelled game due to rain.

Texas Tech grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Joe Smith reached base on an error, Jason Huth singled and Keith Ginter walked to load the bases for Mark Austry who drove home two RBI on a line drive single to centerfield. Junior Rodriguez drove home an RBI with a bases loaded walk.

Tech (9-4) added one more run in the fourth on an RBI grounder by Jason Landreth. That was all Ralston needed as Nevada's Ryan Larson earned the loss.

LINESCORE                   R  H  E
Nevada        000  000  0   0  2  2
Texas Tech    030  100  x   4  5  0
UN: Larson and Whitley (6) and Miller.
TTU: Ralston and Bard.
WP: Ralston (TTU) 2-1.
LP: Larson (UN) 1-2.
Save: None.
Doubles: TTU- Landreth.
Triples: None.
Home Runs: None.
TOG: 1:45.
Att: 145.

Northwestern hands Texas Tech 7-2 defeat
Red Raiders get ready for Howard Payne and Texas A&M in coming week

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Northwestern jumped out to a 6-1 second inning lead and never looked back as it handed Texas Tech its fifth loss of the season- a 7-2 defeat at Grand Canyon University Sunday.

Texas Tech starter Monty Ward (2-1) earned the loss in 1.1 innings pitched as Northwestern's John Seamon (2-0) earned the victory.

Tech committed a season-high four errors in the game including three in the first inning alone as Northwestern grabbed a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats extended their lead to 6-1 in the second inning.

Texas Tech (9-5) had its chances. Twice, they stranded two baserunners by hitting into ground ball double plays. Designated hitter Keith Ginter led Tech with a 2-4 performance.

LINESCORE                     R  H  E
Texas Tech     010  100  000  2  5  3
Northwestern   330  010  00x  7  9  2

TTU: Ward and Wright (2) and Bard.
NW: Seamon and Kreinbach (7) and Standring (8) and Hietpas.
WP: Seamon (NW) 2-0.
LP: Ward (TTU) 2-1.
Save: None.
Doubles: TTU- Burns (3), Ginter (5).
NW: Kanulla, Baron.
Triples: NW- Killian.
Home Runs: NW- Hietpas.
TOG: 2:13.
Att: 240.

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