TECH HOSTS ISLANDERS IN MIDWEEK SERIES
Texas Tech will get a short break from Big 12 Conference action this week as the Red Raiders host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders for a two-game midweek series at Dan Law Field. Texas Tech and TAMU-CC begin the series with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday night and will wrap things up at noon on Wednesday. Advance tickets for the series can be purchased online at texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH. The Dan Law Field ticket office will open at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
LUNCH AT THE LAW
Texas Tech is inviting Lubbock area businesses to come out and enjoy lunch at the Law on Wednesday afternoon when Tech and TAMU-CC face off at noon. Tech is offering a lunch special that includes a coke and a hot dog for $4 while the first 200 students to the game will receive vouchers for a free coke and tub of popcorn. All tickets on Wednesday will be buy one, get one free.
Texas Tech will host the No. 8 Texas Longhorns this weekend at Dan Law Field for a three-game series beginning on Friday night. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Sunday's game is being played at noon in order to accommodate a national television broadcast by FSN.
Neither Texas Tech nor Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is ranked in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll or by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Magazine or the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
TEXAS TECH SPORTS NETWORK
All 56 regular-season games will be carried live by Learfield Sports on the Texas Tech Sports Network. Red Raiders fans can listen to all the action on Double T 104.3 (the flagship station of the Texas Tech Sports Network) in Lubbock or KHOB 1390 AM in Hobbs, N.M. Fans outside of the above listening areas can tune in via the world wide web at texastech.com and purchase a monthly subscription to RaiderVision All-Access. Robert Giovannetti returns to the broadcast booth for his third season as the play-by-play voice while Daren Hays joins the network as the full-time color analyst.
Red Raider fans unable to make it out to the ballpark can follow Texas Tech baseball games anywhere in the world through Gameday Central at texastech.com. Live scoring, audio and video (video only available for home games and select road games), a live game blog and twitter updates can all be found at Gameday Central. Comprehensive parking, weather, tailgating, security and ticket information can also be found in this convenient location.
Texas Tech holds a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The two schools met on the diamond for the first time back on April 19, 2002 at Dan Law Field.
TEXAS TECH - TEXAS A&M-CC NOTES
Texas Tech and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be meeting for the fourth consecutive season when the two squads clash at Dan Law Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Red Raiders will be looking to avenge a two-game series sweep by the Islanders last season at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. The Islanders posted a 7-5 win in the first game of that midweek set and completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory in game two.
Prior to last year's setback in Corpus Christi, the Red Raiders had won the first nine games of that series.
The last time the Red Raiders and Islanders faced off at Dan Law Field, former Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays won his 1,500th career game with a 10-5 victory over TAMU-CC.
SCOUTING THE ISLANDERS
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will bring a 10-9 overall record to Lubbock after taking 2-of-3 this weekend in a Southland Conference series at home against Nicholls. The Islanders won 14-3 on Friday and 7-5 on Saturday before dropping Sunday's game 10-2. Texas Tech will be the third Big 12 opponent on the schedule for the Islanders as they dropped a 21-9 decision to Nebraska back on Feb. 26 and an 11-2 game against Oklahoma on March 13.
The Islanders come into the series with a .314 team batting average along with 40 doubles, nine triples and 14 home runs. Chris Vergne leads the team with a .431 clip while Trey Hernandez is the home run and RBI leader with 6 and 30 respectively. On the mound, the Islanders own a 6.90 earned run average and opponents are batting .325 against the staff. Tuesday starter Roy Ferdin will be making his sixth start and is 2-1 on the year with a 5.60 ERA over 27 1/3 innings pitched.
McGRUDER IS PACKING A PUNCH
Texas Tech has benefited from all `5-7" of freshman Jamodrick McGruder as his recent hot bat has been key at the top of the Red Raider lineup. McGruder was moved into the leadoff role this past weekend at Texas A&M and it paid off as he went 5-for-12 at the plate and posted a .500 on-base percentage. In the Sunday game against the Aggies, he logged a season-high three hits and scored two of Tech's 13 runs in that 13-7 win over the Aggies. On the year, McGruder has an on-base percentage of .595 and has drawn 12 walks (second most on the team).
SERIOUS COMPETITION BEHIND THE PLATE
Although Jeremy Mayo entered the season as a Johnny Bench Award candidate, its been the play of sophomore Kevin Whitehead recently that may have thrust the Washington native into the starting role. This past weekend at Texas A&M, Whitehead led the Red Raiders at the plate by going 4-for-9 (.444) along with a pinch hit RBI single on Friday and a two-run home run on Saturday. Over the last six games, Whitehead has hit .375 with two home runs and five RBIs.