RED RAIDERS CONTINUE ROAD SWING IN NORMAN
Texas Tech continues its six-game road swing, this time in Oklahoma, as the Red Raiders travel to Norman on Thursday morning for a three-game series against the No. 11 Sooners. The series gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park and the game will be televised on a local basis (check local listings). The series resumes at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and concludes at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Advance tickets are available for immediate purchase at www.soonersports.com or can be obtained at the box office at L. Dale Mitchell Park on the day of the game.
Following Sunday's finale in Norman, the Red Raiders will head south to Fort Worth for a Monday makeup game against No. 19 TCU. Texas Tech and TCU added the game a few weeks ago as a makeup contest after both schools had games cancelled for various reasons. The Red Raiders then return home where they will open up a five-game homestand against Kansas on Friday, April 17.
THE TEXAS TECH-OKLAHOMA SERIES
Texas Tech will head to some unfriendly territory this wekend to face one of the hottest teams in the country. Friday's game at No. 11 Oklahoma will mark the 53rd meeting between the two schools, with the Sooners holding a 28-23-1 advantage in the all-time series. Recently, the Sooners have dominated the series having won 11 of the last 13 games. In Norman, things have not been pleasant for the Red Raiders as the Sooners have won eight of the last nine, including series sweeps in 2003 and 2005. Oklahoma took 2-of-3 from the Red Raiders at Dan Law Field last season and have not lost a series to Tech since the 2004 season.
A LOOK AT THE SOONERS
The Oklahoma Sooners enter the weekend on a roll after posting an impressive 15-0 shutout win at Wichita State on Wednesday evening. The win gives the 11th-ranked Sooners a 26-7 overall record and they currently lead the Big 12 standings with a 6-3 record in league play. Oklahoma is led by Sunny Galloway who is 153-85-1 in his fifth season.
Oklahoma is unquestionably one of the top offensive teams in the nation as they entered Wednesday's game at Wichita State with a .341 team batting average. That .341 team average ranked as the 17th best in the nation as of Wednesday evening. Bryant Hernandez is the team leader in average and RBIs while J.T. Wise leads the squad and the Big 12 with 11 home runs. As a team, the Sooners have blasted 59 home runs.
On the mound, the Sooners had a 5.90 team earned run average prior to the shutout of Wichita State on Wednesday. Friday starter Andrew Doyle leads the team with a 4-2 record and a 4.30 ERA. Ryan Duke is the team and Big 12 leader with seven saves.
RED RAIDERS ON THE AIR
Texas Tech's entire schedule in 2009 including both regular-season and post-season action will be carried live on the flagship station of the Texas Tech Sports Network, KKAM-1340. The Texas Tech Sports Network begins its 16th season of full coverage of Red Raider Baseball. Robert Giovannetti will handle the play-by-play duties for the second year in a row and will be assisted by Matt Miller and Blayne Beal. Network pregame coverage begins 30 minutes prior to first pitch and concludes with a postgame show. Live audio streams will be available for all road games through RaiderVision All-Access while live video/audio will be available for all home games.
Senior first baseman Chris Richburg hit in all three games of the Texas A&M series over the weekend to extend his conference hit streak to 12 games ... In Big 12 play, Richburg is second on the team with a .457 average but leads the way with a Big 12 best 17 RBIs and 21 hits.
Richburg has now hit safely in 21 of Tech's last 22 games and posted a team-best .390 average during that stretch.
The Tech offense has found more success in Big 12 play as the Red Raiders own a team batting average of .321 in conference games ... the .321 average is second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma's .344 clip.
Freshman third baseman Justin Berry has hit safely in 29 of 35 games this season.
Tech suffered its first shutout of the season on Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader against UTSA ... Andy Benedict pitched a three-hit, seven-inning complete game shutout.
Junior shortstop Joey Kenworthy was Tech's hottest hitter last week with a .476 average over five games against New Mexico and Texas A&M ... in the second game of the series against A&M, Kenworthy hit his first home run of the year (third of his career) and posted a career-high four hits.
Sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo belted his seventh home run of the year in the series finale against Texas A&M ... entering Sunday's game against the Aggies, he was the league home run leader in conference games only but now stands in second place after Baylor's Shaver Hansen hit four against Kansas on Sunday ... five of Mayo's seven home runs have come in league play.
Texas Tech has loaded the bases on four different occasions and has been unable to drive in a single run. The latest was on April 1 in Albuquerque when Tech loaded them up in the fourth only to allow UNM reliever Ryan Escarcega to retire three straight batters without allowing a run.
Texas Tech has laid down 33 sacrifice bunts this season and is just six away from the entire total of 36 last year.
MOVIN' ON UP
Senior RHP Brian Cloud currently stands in a tie for sixth place on the school's career appearances list with 65 ... tied with Rodney Steph who made 65 appearances between 1988-91... his next outing will move him into the Top 5 where he will be tied with Jeff Peck who made 66 appearances between 1994-97.
Several current Red Raiders are moving up on various career lists at Texas Tech:
Senior right-hander AJ Ramos needs just one more inning to move into the Top 10 on the career innings pitched list ... one more inning will move Ramos past Jeff Peck who logged 221 2/3 innings during his career between 1994-97.
With 209 career strikeouts, Ramos has surpassed former big leaguer Mark Brandenburg on the career strikeouts list ... Ramos is now eighth on list surpassing Brandenburg's 194 career strikeouts.
In Big 12 play, Ramos is now at the top of the list in games started with 24 and tied for sixth (with Shane Wright) with 126 innings pitched ... his 110 strikeouts rank seventh.
With 59 stolen bases on the year, Willie Rueda has moved into sole possession of fifth place on the career stolen base list.
Sophomore right-hander Chad Bettis needs just one more save to move into a tie for fourth place on the school's career saves list ... he currently has six.