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Baseball Will Begin its Weekend With a Three-Game Series
 

 

 

 

April 8, 1998

The Texas Tech baseball team will begin its weekend on the road at Kansas with a 26-12 overall record and 8-6 Big 12 Conference record. Following the three-game series at Kansas, Tech will return home for an April 14 game against Abilene Christian University at Dan Law Field. Game time is at 7 p.m.

Jordan hits three home runs for second time
Kevin Jordan tied this career high for home runs hit in a game with three home runs against Sul Ross State. All three round trippers came on consecutive at-bats. For the night, Jordan went 5-6 with four runs scored and seven RBI. His seven RBI and five hits also tied game career highs. Jordan totaled 14 total bases for the evening.

Red Raiders tie Big 12 inning home run record
Texas Tech hit four home runs in the fifth inning Tuesday against Sul Ross State. That ties the Big 12 record of four home runs hit in an inning by the Red Raiders last year against the College of the Southwest in 1997. Home runs were hit by Jordan, Brandon Buckley, Mark Austry and Jason Landreth. Tech scored 11 runs in the inning.

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 unbelievable. 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' hitting streak recently came to an end Saturday at 20 games vs. Missouri. He entered the game as a pinch hitter and grounded out to the Tiger first baseman. The hitting streak was the second best all-time for a freshman as current sophomore Josh Bard went on a 21-game hitting streak last year.

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.

More Notes- Statistically speaking
* Shane Wright threw his sixth complete 9.0 inning game of the season vs. Missouri on March 3. The game is also his eighth nine- inning complete game of his career and 10th complete game of his career.
* 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 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.

Keeping tabs on TTU's records
* Monty Ward is currently in second place on the all-time career Texas Tech strikeout list. He has 298 strikeouts and only needs seven 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 11.80 Ks per 9 innings pitched (227.2 IP/298Ks). 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 17 victories and could also break into the 20-win club. Wright has 10 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 11 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 sixth place on the all-time career bases on balls list with 99 walks. He is also currently in eighth 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 49 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 38 games, Tech has hit 110 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) NR     22nd  24th  NR
Week 9 (3/30) 26th   20th  22nd  23rd
Week 10 (4/6) 28th   20th  19th  20th

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)
* Keith Ginter, Monty Ward- 2 of 142 nominees for Rotary Smith Award, college baseball's national player of the year

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
*    Big 12 Record, inning home runs, 4 vs. Sul Ross State, 4/7/98
*    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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