Red Raiders to Play Six Key Games

April 15, 1998

The Texas Tech baseball team will begin its weekend on the road at both Iowa State and Nebraska with a 30-13 overall record and 10-7 Big 12 Conference record.

The Red Raiders will play a key six games in six days including a doubleheader with Nebraska on Tuesday. Tech will play its three-game series in Ames then travel to Lincoln on Monday for another three-game set. Tech will travel back to Lubbock on Wednesday following the Nebraska series, then play Oklahoma on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lubbock.

Ward breaks Texas Tech career strikeouts record Junior righthander Monty Ward (Lubbock/Monterey) recently broke the all-time career Texas Tech strikeout record Saturday in his start against Kansas. He needed only seven strikeouts to break Ruben Garcia's (1970-73) four-year record of 304 career strikeouts. He ended the day with 14 K's on the afternoon and 312 career K's. This accomplishment even more significant considering the fact that Ward is only a junior. It took him little over 2 1/2 years to amass what Garcia did in four years. For the season, Ward is leading the Big 12 and is ranked fifth nationally in strikeouts with 107 total. He is averaging an incredible 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Monty Ward- Tech's hard-luck pitcher Ward numbers are outstanding for a starting pitcher- 3.80 ERA, 107 K's in 73.1 innings, but his won-loss record is only at 4-4. That can be attributed to the fact that Ward has received the support that Tech's other starters have experienced. In fact during Ward's last 19 innings pitched, Tech has put up only one run. He has lost his last three games- vs. Baylor 3-2, vs. Missouri 4-2 (11 innings) and at Kansas 4-1. In those three games, his ERA is a combined 2.86 ERA in those three games and still earned the loss in all three. Plus, Ward struck out a combined 36 batters in those three games- two of which were complete games.

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 value to the Texas Tech lineup as its leadoff hitter is amazing. When Ginter gets on base after leading off an inning, Texas Tech scores 81.4 percent of the time (35-43). He has already hit three home runs while leading off an inning and his on-base percentage when leading off innings is .662 (43-65). For the season, Ginter has a .382 batting average (58-152) and a .542 on-base percentage along with a .757 slugging percentage. He has walked 52 times this season and in the process, has scored 67 runs in only 43 games! Ginter leads the conference in runs scored and doubles and probably leads in bases on balls. He is easily on pace to break the Texas Tech season bases on balls record of 66 set by Stubby Clapp in 1996.

Team Notes

* Keith Ginter tied two Texas Tech school records against Missouri. His 6-6 six-hit performance tied the school record for hits in a game set by Joe Dillon and Shane Langen in 1997. Also, his three doubles tied the Texas Tech school record for doubles in a game held by 17 other players.

* Josh Bard broke the Missouri opponent's school record with eight RBI and three home runs in a game Friday against Missouri.

* Miles Durham tied the Texas Tech stolen bases record for a game with four steals April 8 against New Mexico Highlands. He became the fifth player in TTU history to steal four bases in a game.

* 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 record list. 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 seventh complete 9.0 inning game of the season vs. Kansas on March 10. The game is also his ninth nine-inning complete game of his career and 11th 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.

* 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.

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
Week 11 (4/13)28th  21st  19th  19th

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




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