Baseball's Wright Holds Ten Wins|
April 24, 1998
Shane Wright-Texas Tech's Iron Man; becomes first Big 12 pitcher to win 10 games Texas Tech junior starter Shane Wright (Topeka, Kansas/Butler County J.C./Hayden H.S.) became the first Big 12 Conference pitcher to win 10 games Wednesday in a 6-5 victory at Nebraska. The game was his fourth straight 9.0 inning complete game in his last four starts. In those starts, Wright has allowed only 12 earned runs in 36 innings- 3.00 ERA and has struck out 35 batters in those innings and only walked three batters. Plus, he has pitched 18 consecutive innings in five days. He also joined the Texas Tech 20-career victory club with the victory. Former Red Raiders in that company include 25-Matt Miller, 1994-96; 21-Mark Brandenburg, 1991-92; 21-Ruben Garcia, 1970-72; 21-Jimmy Frush, 1994-97; and 21-Rodney Steph, 1988-91.
With another season, Wright will easily break the TTU career victories record. What's more, Wright became one of only three TTU pitchers in history to win at least 10 games at least two times in a career. Mark Brandenburg (12 in 1991, 10 in 1992) and Matt Miller (12 in 1996 and 11 in 1995) are the other two to it. Last year, Wright finished 10-2 with a 3.90 ERA and was selected to the All Region and All Big 12 Conference First Team. He is making a push to be selected again. His hustle was showcased on Tuesday at Nebraska when a shot bounced off his leg and toward the Texas Tech dugout. Wright hustled after the ball and made a Pete Rose dive into the turf to save the ball from going into the dugout. An extra base would've been awarded if the ball had indeed rolled into the dugout. For that play, Wright has been walking around with a scab on his chin.
Red Raiders use complete games to make up for lack of pitchers With the loss of reliever Brad Ralston, Texas Tech has had to scramble for pitching with only seven healthy pitchers. And coach Larry Hays has gotten his money's worth. This season, Texas Tech pitchers have gone 17 complete games out of the team's 49. That's 34.6 percent of the games that a TTU pitcher has completed his game. Lately, Tech has had a whole bunch of complete games. In fact seven of Tech's last 10 games have had a TTU starter go the full nine innings. For the season, Shane Wright has nine including four straight in his last four starts, Monty Ward and Jesse Cornejo each have three CGs and Cade Allison and Brad Ralston each have one.
Josh Bard is Big 12 Player of the Week Josh Bard was selected the Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time Monday, the Big 12 Conference announced. Bard finished the week against Iowa State (three games) with a .714 batting average (10-14) with nine runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and five RBI. He was intentionally walked two times at Iowa State and finished with six walks. He was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 16, 1998 as well.
Monty Ward- the strikeout king Monty Ward continues to impress with his blazing fastball. He was ranked fifth in the nation in strikeouts before the week and now has 114 Ks in 80.1 innings pitched. That's 12.80 strikeouts per nine innings.
Keith Ginter close to breaking Texas Tech bases on balls record Keith Ginter has walked so much this season. He has 61 bases on balls for the season and only needs six more to break the Texas Tech season record of 66 held by Stubby Clapp in 1996.
Ward breaks TTU career strikeouts record Junior righthander Monty Ward (Lubbock/Monterey) recently broke the 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 is 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. He is averaging an incredible 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
TTU ties 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.
* Josh Bard broke the Missouri opponent's school record with eight RBI and three home runs in a game Friday against Missouri. Bard also broke the Big 12 record for total bases in a game with 15. He had three home runs and a triple.
* 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 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 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 Week 12 (4/20) 25th 21st 21st 21st
Key: CB=Collegiate Baseball; BA=Baseball America; BW=USA Today Baseball Weekly-ESPN; TSN=The Sporting News; NP=No poll conducted; NR=Not ranked