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April 1, 1998

The Texas Tech baseball team will begin its weekend at home against Missouri with a 22-11 overall record and 6-5 Big 12 Conference record. The Red Raiders won two games in Stillwater, Okla. this weekend.

Two more non-conference weekday games have been added to the schedule. Tech will play Sul Ross State on Tuesday, April 7 at Dan Law Field at 7 p.m. and then host New Mexico Highlands on Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

What a March for Kevin Jordan!

Kevin Jordan had an amazing month of March. For the month, Jordan batted .453 (34-75), scored 24 runs, had seven doubles, two triples and eight home runs in 17 games. In addition, he drove in 32 RBI- that's almost two RBI per game. His slugging percentage for the month was .920 (69 TB in 75 AB) and he stole seven bases. Jordan began the month with a .222 batting average but raised his average to .348- a .126 increase! He is now the team's No. 4 slot hitter and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. He had several outstanding games including a 7-RBI, 4-5 performance vs. College of the Southwest and a 5-6 5 RBI performance against Texas.

Keith Ginter- the nation's best leadoff hitter

Keith Ginter's importance to the Texas Tech lineup is staggering. When Ginter gets on base after leading off an inning, Texas Tech scores 85.7 percent of the time (30-35). He has already hit three home runs while leading off an inning and his on-base percentage when leading off innings is .667 (35-51). For the season, Ginter has a .353 batting average (41-116) and a .530 on-base percentage along with a .698 slugging percentage. He has walked 42 times this season and in the process, has scored 50 runs in only 34 game! He is easily on pace to break the Texas Tech season bases on balls record of 66 set by Stubby Clapp in 1996. He needs only 25 more bases on balls to do that.

Up-to-date Weekly Notes

* Brennan Burns, who lately has been Texas Tech's hottest hitter, currently has a 19-game hitting streak going. That is the longest hitting streak for a Red Raider this season. The streak began on February 11, 1998. The school record is 29-games, set by Keith Ginter last year. * Shortstop Jason Huth finally committed an error against College of the Southwest. Previously, he had gone 75 fielding attempts and 18 straight games without an error- amazing for a shortstop. * Ryan Ruiz committed his first error of the season on 3/27/98 at Oklahoma State. Ruiz, who has made some of the most spectacular catches of the season including a run-in with the centefield wall vs. Texas and an over-the shoulder horizontal diving catch running after a ball hit behind him. He had previously gone 29 games and 19 attempts without an error since the beginning of the season.

* Miles Durham's home run at Oklahoma State broke a string of 88 at-bats and 99 plate appearances without a home run. In addition, Jason Landreth hit his first homer in 31 at-bats and 34 plate appearances in the same game at Oklahoma State.

* Brennan Burns struck out for the first time this season at Oklahoma State 3/27/98 in 85 at-bats and 94 plate appearances.

Team Notes

* Tuesday's total bases on balls number broke a Texas Tech team season high. The Red Raiders walked 11 times in the game against the College of the Southwest.

* Sunday's 10-6 loss at Oklahoma State broke a five-game winning streak for Texas Tech against Oklahoma State. * The 13-inning game vs. Eastern New Mexico on Tuesday tied for second on the list of longest games (by inning) in Texas Tech history. The longest game in Tech history was a 17-inning game vs. SE Oklahoma State in 1968. There has also been one other 13-inning game. * The victory vs. Eastern New Mexico kept alive a 30-game winning streak for Texas Tech against non-NCAA Division I opponents. * 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.

* 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

* 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 last week (week of March 23), Wright had 2.00 ERA in 18 innings pitched and allowed only four earned runs and three walks. He struck out 10 batters and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his efforts. * 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 TTU's records

* Monty Ward is currently in second place on the all-time career Texas Tech strikeout list. He has 286 strikeouts and only needs 19 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 11.90 Ks per 9 innings pitched (216.2 IP/286K). 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 39 for his career. He needs just four 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 seventh place on the all-time career bases on balls list with 93 walks. He is also currently in eigth place on the all-time career home run list with 27 career bombs. The record is 44 by Clint Bryant from 1993-96. Plus, Ginter is sixth in all-time career stolen bases with 47 for his career.

* Brad Ralston is fourth in career appearances at 63. He is within 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 34 games, Tech has hit 99 doubles. Last year Tech hit a total of 185.

Shane Wright named Big 12 Pitcher of Week

Wright finishes up week with 2.00 ERA, 2-0 record in 18 innings pitched to earn Big 12 Pitcher of Week honors

Texas Tech starting pitcher Shane Wright was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week the Big 12 Conference announced Monday, March 23, 1998. Iowa State first baseman Aaron Runk was named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Wright, a 6-2, 210-pound junior from Topeka, Kansas (Butler County J.C./Hayden H.S.) pitched two complete games on the week, beating New Mexico 4-3 and Baylor 9-1. In his 18 innings, his weekly earned run average topped off at 2.00 and he allowed only 19 hits and four runs (four earned runs) in his two appearances. For the week, opposing batters hit .275 against Wright and he struck out 10 batters and walked only three.

The complete games were his fifth 9.0 inning complete games of the season, his seventh 9.0 inning complete games of his career and the ninth overall (9-inning and 7-inning) complete games of his career.

The honor marks the second time Wright has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. He was honored with the award on April 28, 1997 last year. It also marks the second time that a Texas Tech player has been honored this season as a Big 12 Player/Pitcher of the Week. Josh Bard was the Player of the Week on Feb. 16, 1997.

It was the first time a Big 12 Pitcher of the Week had pitched two complete games and 18 innings.

Weekly Vitals: Threw two complete game 9.0 innings pitched victories for Texas Tech against Baylor 3/21 and New Mexico 3/17...complete games were seventh of his career and fifth of the season...pitched 9.0 complete game win vs. Baylor 3/22 and allowed nine hits and only one earned run and walked one in victory (also struck out seven batters)...struck out three batters in 9.0 complete game vs. New Mexico when earned victory after 4-3 win...lowered season ERA to 2.18 on week.

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)   NR  22nd    24th NR
Week 9 (3/30)   26th 20th   22nd 23rd

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)

* Shane Wright- Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the 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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