Red Raider Baseball Hosts Kansas State

Catcher Trey Lunsford and the Red Raiders will host Kansas State for a three-games series starting Friday.

Catcher Trey Lunsford and the Red Raiders will host Kansas State for a three-games series starting Friday.

March 30, 2000

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Kansas State (9-16, 1-10)
Texas Tech (17-16, 6-6)

Friday, March 31 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2 - 1:00 p.m.
Dan Law Field - Lubbock, Texas

The Texas Tech Red Raiders host the Kansas State Wildcats this weekend at Dan Law Field in Lubbock. TCU ended the Red Raiders' seven-game home winning on Tuesday by defeating Tech 7-5. Texas Tech stands at 17-16 overall and 6-6 in the conference with 23 regular season games remaining. The Red Raiders are 14-5 at home while going 3-11 on the road.

Head Coach Larry Hays needs just two wins to move into eighth place on the all-time winningest coaches list. He is one victory behind former UT-Pan American coach Al Ogletree who has 1,217 career wins. Hays started the season with 1,999 victories and is ranked fourth in victories among active coaches.

After hosting Kansas State this weekend, the Red Raiders will travel to Ames, Iowa to play a three-game set at Iowa State. The series will open on Saturday, April 8, with a noon doubleheader and wrap-up on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game.

Through 33 games, the Red Raiders have outscored opponents 290-243 ... Tech is averaging 8.8 runs and 10.8 hits per game ... they have reached the double-figure mark in runs 15 times this season, but not in the last four games ... as a team, Texas Tech is hitting .309 with 77 doubles, 11 triples, 33 home runs and 249 RBI ... Tech hitters have walked 193 times while opponents have walked 121 times ... with runners in scoring position, they are hitting .312 (127-407) and are averaging 8.5 runners left on base per game (282 in 33 games) ... when runners are on base, the team is batting .337 (209-621) and when the bases are empty the average drops to .277 (149-538) ... the Red Raiders are hitting .330 (60-182) against lefties while going 298-977 (.305) against right-handers ... Tech pinch hitters are 13-37 (.351) ... the lineup has notched 27 sacrifice flys in 2000 ... the 1988 team set the school record with 34 ... Texas Tech has hit three grand slams and eight Red Raiders have at least two home runs.

The Tech pitching staff owns a 6.52 ERA (207 ER/285.2 IP) in 33 games this year ... in Big 12 games, the staff holds a 1.2:1 (73 SO/60 BB) strikeout-to-walk ratio while in non-conference games, the rate is 2.2:1 (137 SO/61 BB) ... Red Raider pitchers are averaging 6.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (210 SO/285.2 IP) and own a 1.7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (210 SO/121 BB) ... starting pitchers have walked 65 batters in 156.2 IP (3.7 BB per 9.0 IP) and the bullpen is averaging 6.6 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (95 SO/129.0 IP) ... opponents are hitting .318 (376-1,182) and have hit 32 home runs, 13 triples and 77 doubles ... Tech pitchers have hit at least one batter in 22 games this year and at one point, hit a batter in 10 straight games (2/18-3/4) ... the Red Raider staff has not hit a batter in five of the last six games.

At the friendly confines of Dan Law Field, Texas Tech posts a record of 14-5, but on the road the Red Raiders are 3-11 ... Tech's fielding percentage on the road is .969 (15 E/488 TC) compared to a .960 mark (31 E/771 TC) at home ... in Lubbock, the pitching staff is averaging 7.1 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (135 SO/172.0 IP) ... away from home, the staff averages 5.9 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (75 SO/113.2 IP) ... designated hitter Chaz Eiguren is hitting .453 (34-75) at Dan Law Field, but is 18-55 (.327) on the road ... pitcher J.J. Newman's ERA at home is 4.67 (18 ER/34.2 IP) and on the road it is 12.96 (12 ER/8.1 IP).

Texas Tech opening day starter Brandon Roberson will sit out the rest of the 2000 season. Roberson injured his right elbow in his first start of the season on February 2 against West Texas A&M. He was slated to be Texas Tech's number one starter after being named first team All-Big 12 and setting the single-season school save record last season.

Texas Tech will appeal to the Big 12 Conference for a medical redshirt on Roberson's behalf. According to the NCAA, a student-athlete may be granted an additional year of competition for reasons of "hardship." Hardship is defined as an incapacity resulting from an injury that has occurred under the following conditions: (1) The injury occurs prior to the completion of the first half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship in that sport. (2) The injury occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than two contests or dates of competition or 20 percent of the institution's completed contests or dates of competition in his sport.

Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays became the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to tally 1,200 career wins on Feb. 2 with a 14-3 victory over West Texas A&M. In his 30th season, Hays is one of only four active NCAA Division I skippers to reach the 1,200-victory plateau. Entering the 2000 season, Coach Hays ranks fourth among active coaches and ninth among all-time coaches in career victories.

Coach Hays is Texas Tech's all-time winningest coach. He has led the Red Raiders to three conference championships and posted winning seasons in 12 of his 13 years. The Red Raiders have put together a streak of seven straight 40-plus win seasons and five NCAA Regional appearances under Hays. In 1998, he guided Tech to the Big 12 Tournament Championship with just seven pitchers.

He was named 1997 Big 12 Coach of the Year after the Red Raiders won the conference title with a 23-7 Big 12 mark. Texas Tech also claimed the No. 1 ranking in collegiate baseball for several weeks, the first time a Red Raider sport was ranked No. 1 in school history. In the summer of 1997, he was an assistant coach for the USA National Team. In 1995, Texas Tech set a school record with 51 wins and advanced to the Midwest I NCAA Region championship game.

In 29 seasons at the collegiate level, Coach Hays has led teams to 12 league titles and guided his 1983 Lubbock Christian University team to the NAIA national championship.

TEXAS TECH ON THE AIR For the eighth consecutive season, the entire Texas Tech baseball schedule will be broadcasted live on the Red Raider Baseball Network. A number of Big 12 games will be available on statewide affiliates. Voice of Texas Tech Baseball Sam Stephens will handle the play-by-play duties. Stephens has a 20-minute pregame show and interviews players and coaches following each game. Games will be carried on Texas Tech's hometown station, KXTQ-950 AM as well as Texas Tech's official website www.texastech.com.

Coach Hays' morning radio show will run on Thursday mornings on KKAM-1340 AM. Coach Hays will talk with Tech football/basketball broadcaster Jack Dale from 8-9 a.m. starting March 16.

The 1998 season marked the debut of The Larry Hays' Show, coach Hays' weekly television show. In its third season, the show will air on Sunday nights beginning March 19 and run through May 14. It will be broadcasted on ABC-affiliate KAMC at 11:00 p.m. and CBS-affilate KLBK at 11:30 p.m. Hays is one of just seven collegiate coaches to have a weekly television show.

Outfielder Miles Durham re-injured his left hamstring in the first game of the Texas A&M series and will be out at least a month. The injury first occurred on 2/15 at TCU.

Starting pitcher Chaz Ackerman underwent a MRI on 3/23 and was diagnosed with a microfracture in his right elbow. A microfracture is very similar to a stress fracture. The right-hander will be sidelined for a couple of weeks before he can start rehabilitation.

EIGUREN NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK Texas Tech senior Chaz Eiguren was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week by a select panel of media covering Big 12 baseball for games played Feb. 21-27. The designated hitter blasted five home runs and 16 RBI in Tech's four games that week. He was 13-21 (.619) at the plate and owned a 1.381 slugging percentage with 29 bases in 21 official trips. Eiguren tied an NCAA record last Tuesday with two home runs in the same inning. Against New Mexico, he hit a two-run homer and a grand slam in the Red Raiders' 10-run fifth inning. In his next at bat, the Broomfield, Colorado native sent a solo shot over the right-center field wall. For the game, he went 4-6 with three home runs and seven RBI.

In three games against Missouri, Eiguren hit .600 (9-15) with two home runs, a double and nine RBI. In Friday night's extra-inning loss, he tied the game with at three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. His final home run of the week came in the first inning on Sunday when he hit a two-run homer to put Tech up 2-0. Eiguren tallied three hits in all three games as he went 3-6 on Friday with five RBI, 3-4 on Saturday and 3-5 with four RBI on Sunday. Eiguren is the first Texas Tech Big 12 Player of the Week since Jon Weber was honored for the week of Feb. 1 last year. Shane Wright and Kevin Tracey were named conference Pitchers of the Week on Feb. 22 and Mar. 8, respectively.

On Feb. 29, Regional Sports Networks, LLC., announced the debut of the COLLEGE SPORTS Southwest network beginning April 1, 2000. The network will cater to the members of the Big 12 Conference and will be on Cox Cable affiliates throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. It will provide coverage of more than 31 live conference baseball and softball games in addition to live and replay coverage of the 2000 Big 12 Phillips 66 baseball tournament from Oklahoma City.

The first live telecast will be March 31 at 6:30 p.m. when Texas plays at Oklahoma. Texas Tech will be featured April 21-23 when they play at Kansas.

In addition to the COLLEGE SPORTS package, FOX Sports Net will broadcast a number of Big 12 baseball games for the four consecutive season. Texas Tech opened the FOX Sports broadcast season on March 19 in Lubbock. The games will be a regional broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest, Midwest and Rocky Mountain. The Big 12 Tournament Championship game will be nationally broadcasted on May 12.

Texas Tech baseball welcomes 18 new players and two new assistant coaches to the program this season. In July, Larry Hays hired Daren Hays and Britt Smith.

Daren Hays returns to Texas Tech after serving as the head coach at Lubbock Christian the past eight seasons. He spent the 1991 season as a Tech assistant where he was the hitting coach. While at LCU, Coach Hays compiled a 356-163 record and became the first LCU coach to win 300 games in just seven seasons. He will work with Red Raider outfielders and hitters.

Britt Smith also comes to Texas Tech from Lubbock Christian where he was the pitching coach last year. Prior to LCU, Smith played and coached at West Texas A&M. He played all nine positions for the Buffalos. Coach Smith has assisted three other former assistants of Larry Hays - Jimmy Shankle (former LCU head coach), Todd Howey (Tech grad and current West Texas A&M head coach) and Daren Hays. He will work with the Texas Tech pitching staff.

Coach Hays will look to replace All-Americans Josh Bard and Shane Wright with 18 newcomers (eight pitchers). Of those 17 new faces, there are 13 transfers and four true freshman.

RHP Brandon Roberson was named preseason third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. The senior right-hander was Texas Tech's opening day starter. Roberson was named first team All-Big 12 last year after setting the single season school save record (10) in 1999.

The Dallas Morning News picked the Red Raiders third in a preseason Big 12 poll and named outfielder Marco Cunningham and designated hitter Chaz Eiguren to the all-conference team.

Outfielder Miles Durham was cited by Baseball America as one of the top 100 in the college class of 2000. Durham was ranked 58th by the magazine's writers and major league scouting directors. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1997 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 2000 baseball schedule features a number of teams ranked up and down the preseason top 25 polls. Tech plays six teams in the preseason Collegiate Baseball poll, three in Baseball America and six in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll.

Red Raider opponents in the preseason polls posted a 255-131 (.661) overall record in 1999. Texas Tech will host Southern California (2/11-13), Baylor (3/17-19) and Texas (4/14-16) at Dan Law Field. The Red Raiders go on the road to visit Long Beach State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

Red Raiders vs. Wildcats
The Series
Kansas State leads the all-time series 7-1. The two schools played each other for the first time in 1997 in the first year of Big 12 play. Tech won the first six games of the series and the two teams split a doubleheader last year in Manhattan.

OverallTech leads 7-1
1st meeting4/18/97
in LubbockTech leads 3-0
in ManhattanTech leads 4-1
Last 5 meetings vs. KSU4-1
Last Tech win9-8, 4/24/99
Last KSU win9-7, 4/24/99
Biggest Tech win18-10, 5/10/98
Biggest Tech loss9-7, 4/24/99

A Quick Look at Kansas State
The Kansas State Wildcats enter the weekend series at Dan Law Field with an overall record of 9-16 and 1-10 in the Big 12. Like Texas Tech, the Wildcats have been plagued by injuries throughout the season.

Head Coach Mike Clark is in his 14th season at Kansas State and owns a record of 355-383 (.481). Overall, he has posted a 648-519 (.555) mark in 20 seasons. Prior to taking the Kansas State job in 1987, he was the head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M from 1980-86.

The Wildcats are hitting .280 as a team in 25 games this year. Third baseman Josh Cavender leads the lineup with a .366 average while outfielder Kasey Weishaar has tallied 18 RBI. First baseman Mark English has four home runs, four doubles and 17 RBI.

The Kansas State pitching staff owns a 7.59 ERA and has fanned 181 batters in 210.0 innings. Luke Robertson leads the team with 47.1 innings pitched while going 2-5 with a 6.46 ERA. Todd Lundwall has a team-high 11 appearances and is 1-0 with 6.00 ERA.




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