Baseball to Play Oklahoma State this Week

March 23, 1998

The Texas Tech baseball team will begin its week with a 19-10 overall record and 4-4 Big 12 Conference record. The Red Raiders will play a one-game set against Eastern New Mexico at Dan Law Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m. then travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma for an important three-game Big 12 Conference series against Oklahoma State.

Team Notes
The first loss on Friday evening against Baylor at Dan Law Field snapped a seven game home winning streak against the Bears dating back to 5/1/92.

The three-game Baylor attendance of 12,851 ranks second all-time on the Texas Tech list for three-game series attendance. The No. 1 series was last year against Texas A&M. Attendance for that series topped off at 15,274 (5,091.3 average).

Texas Tech broke the school record for doubles in a game with 12 doubles vs. Valley City State, March 18. Those 12 doubles also broke the former Big 12 record of 7 doubles set by Texas last year. In addition, those 12 doubles rank tied for third on the all-time NCAA recordlist. The record is 13, held by two teams (Minnesota in 1991 and New Mexico State in 1981). It was the most doubles a Southwest Conference team, Big 12 team or Big Eight team had ever hit in a game.

Texas Tech topped all kinds of team season records vs. Valley City State on March 18. Among those records that fell included at-bats (51), runs scored (23), hits (24), runs batted in (22), doubles (12) and total bases (42).

With its 19-0 victory against Lindenwood on Saturday, Texas Tech tied its best offensive production of the season with 19 runs. In addition, the 19-run victory margin was the most a Red Raider baseball team had won by since March 21, 1997 vs. College of the Southwest. The Red Raiders' three triples were the most a Tech team had hit this season. * Texas Tech has never swept Texas in a three-game baseball series. Sunday, March 7's cancelled game prolonged that streak another season. * Texas Tech hit four home runs (three by Kevin Jordan and one by Mark Austry) vs. Texas. That ties a previous team season high of four home runs, also hit at TCU.

The two runs scored by Texas Tech in the ninth inning at Texas A&M on 3/1/98 avoided Texas Tech's first shutout of the year. In fact, Texas Tech has a streak of 114 games since it was last shutout. The last time the Red Raiders were shutout was on March 23, 1996 at Baylor when Tech lost 8-0.

More Notes- Statistically speaking
Brennan Burns, who lately has been Texas Tech's hottest hitter, currently has a 14-game hitting streak going. That is the longest hitting streak for a Red Raider this season. The school record is 29-games, set by Keith Ginter last year. For the week, Burns finished with a .440 batting average (11-25) with three doubles, a home run, 17 total bases and six RBI. He also hit home runs in back-to-back games vs. Lindenwood and New Mexico.

Shane Wright threw his fifth complete 9.0 inning game of the season vs. Baylor on March 21. The game is also his seventh nine- inning complete game of his career and ninth complete game of his career. For the week, Wright had 2.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched and allowed only four earned runs and three walks. He struck out 10 batters. * Texas Tech starter Monty Ward tied a school record for strikeouts in a game with 18 vs. Lindenwood. That mark ties the former single game record set by Buddy Hampton (18 strikeouts) vs. Abilene Christian University on April 27, 1968. It was Ward's first complete game shutout victory of the season. He walked only one batter and allowed only two hits.

Josh Bard finally got his first base-on-balls of the season vs. Lindenwood. Previously, Bard had gone 98 at-bats and 101 plate appearances without a walk this season. In contrast, leadoff hitter Keith Ginter leads the team in bases on balls with 20. He has walked 20 times in 97 plate appearances.

Keith Ginter hit two home runs vs. TCU on Wednesday but his first shot was done in an eerie situation. It was exactly the same way he hit one against TCU at TCU in Fort Worth. The pitcher, TCU's Atchison was the same. The location of the ball (over rightfield fence) was the same. The exact time of the situation (leadoff batter in the first inning for Texas Tech) was the same.

Mark Austry's home run against Texas broke a streak of 50 at-bats and 53 plate appearances since he hit his last home run (at TCU).

Keeping tabs on the records
Monty Ward is currently in second place on the all-time career Texas Tech strikeout list. He has 279 strikeouts and only needs 26 strikeouts to break Ruben Garcia's (1970-73) record of 304 career strikeouts. Should his career end today, he would also own the strikeouts per nine innings pitched record with 11.89 Ks per 9 innings pitched. Ward (18 wins) needs only two wins to break into the 20 victory club. Only five TTU pitchers have surpassed 20 wins.

Shane Wright currently has 16 victories and could also break into the 20-win club. Wright has nine complete games for his career and is tied for seventh on the all-time list.

Jason Landreth is currently in fifth place on the all-time career doubles list with 38 for his career. He needs just five doubles to move into second place. The record is 73 by Clint Bryant (1993-96). * Jason Huth has 10 career triples. He needs eight more to break the record of 18 held by Ronnie Mattson. Huth could do it, considering he's only a junior.

Keith Ginter is currently in ninth place on the all-time career bases on balls list with 84 walks. He needs 39 to move into second place on that list. He is also currently in eigth place on the all-time career home run list with 25 bombs. The record is 44 by Clint Bryant from 1993-96. Plus, Ginter is seventh in all-time career stolen bases with 43 for his career.

Brad Ralston is fourth in career appearances at 61. He is in striking distance of the record of 82. Ralston is already the Texas Tech career saves recordholder with 11 current saves. * Texas Tech as a team led the nation in doubles last year and the Red Raiders are on pace to do that again. Already after 29 games, Tech has hit 84 doubles. Last year Tech hit a total of 185.

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
Week 4 (2/23) 26th  16th  21st   15th
Week 5 (3/2)  29th  23rd    NR   25th
Week 6 (3/9)  27th  22nd  23rd   23rd
Week 7 (3/16) 26th  23rd  21st     NR
Week 8 (3/23)

Key: CB=Collegiate Baseball; BA=Baseball America; BW=USA Today Baseball Weekly-ESPN; TSN=The Sporting News; NP=No poll conducted; NR=Not ranked

Texas Tech's 1998 Season Honors:
Josh Bard- Big 12 Conference Player of the Week (for week of Feb. 16, 1998)

Monty Ward- one of five Collegiate Baseball National Player of Week (for week of March 16, 1998)

Texas Tech's 1998 Records
NCAA rank No. 3, game doubles, 12 vs. Valley City State, 3/18/98
Big 12 Record, game doubles, 12 vs. Valley City State, 3/18/98
Texas Tech, game doubles, 12 vs. Valley City State, 3/18/98
Monty Ward, game strikeouts, 18 vs. Lindenwood, 3/14/98




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