TECH PUTS WRAPS ON HOME SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND
Texas Tech will put the wraps on the home portion of the 2010 regular-season schedule this weekend as the Red Raiders host a three-game series against the Baylor Bears. The Red Raiders enter the series with a second place standing in the Big 12 Conference with 12-9 record despite being idle this past weekend due to the final exam period for the spring semester.
Texas Tech is 26-22 overall on the season and will be looking to secure a spot in the upcoming Big 12 Conference Championships in Oklahoma City and has its sight set on a possible at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in early June. The Baylor Bears are also coming off an 11-day break due to final exams and stand at 25-20 overall and rank ninth in the Big 12 with a league record of 7-12. The series gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at Dan Law Field and will resume at 7 p.m. on Saturday and conclude at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's game is being played at 7 p.m. in order to accommodate graduation ceremonies being held on campus.
Advance tickets are available for purchase by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH or online at texastech.com. The Dan Law Field box office will open two hours prior to first pitch each day.
FRIDAY: Tech Heckler's Reunion/Susan G. Komen "At-Bat For The Cure"/Masked Rider will lead team onto field
SATURDAY: Whataburger Winner's Circle
SUNDAY: Senior Day/Baseball Squares
TICKETS: Graduating seniors will receive two complimentary admissions to one of three games in this weekend's series.
Neither Baylor nor Texas Tech is ranked by the USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 Coaches Poll, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Magazine or the NCBWA.
TEXAS TECH SPORTS NETWORK
All 56 regular-season games will be carried live by Learfield Sports on the Texas Tech Sports Network. Red Raiders fans can listen to all the action on Double T 104.3 (the flagship station of the Texas Tech Sports Network) in Lubbock or KHOB 1390 AM in Hobbs, N.M. Fans outside of the above listening areas can tune in via the world wide web at texastech.com and purchase a monthly subscription to RaiderVision All-Access. Robert Giovannetti returns to the broadcast booth for his third season as the play-by-play voice while Daren Hays joins the network as the full-time color analyst.
Red Raider fans unable to make it out to the ballpark can follow Texas Tech baseball games anywhere in the world through Gameday Central at texastech.com. Live scoring, audio and video (video only available for home games and select road games), a live game blog and twitter updates can all be found at Gameday Central. Comprehensive parking, weather, tailgating, security and ticket information can also be found in this convenient location.
Texas Tech will conclude the 2010 regular-season schedule with a three-game series at Nebraska scheduled for May 21-23 at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series against Baylor 73-66.
TEXAS TECH-BAYLOR SERIES NOTES
Texas Tech and Baylor will be meeting for the 140th time on Friday evening when the two school's begin a three-game series at Dan Law Field. The series against the Bears is the second most played in school history behind Texas A&M.
Texas Tech and Baylor first met on the diamond back in 1928 and the Red Raiders handed the Bears a 15-1 defeat here in Lubbock.
Baylor won the series in 2009 by taking the first two games before the Red Raiders salvaged the final game with a 13-8 victory.
Texas Tech has won 13 of the last 15 meetings against Baylor at Dan Law Field. Additionally, the Red Raiders are 46-19 all-time against the Bears in Lubbock.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
The Baylor Bears will bring a 25-20 overall record and a 7-12 mark in Big 12 play to Dan Law Field this weekend for a three-game series against the Red Raiders. Baylor is coming of a three-game sweep at the hands of Texas, April 30 - May 1, and was off for the last 11 days due to final exams.
Offensively, the Bears have been impressive all season long and enter the series with a .307 team batting average. Baylor has hit 41 home runs as a team along with 19 triples and 100 doubles and are 49-of-63 in stolen bases. Third baseman Joey Hainsfurther leads the squad with a .368 average along with 43 RBIs. Freshman first baseman Max Muncy leads the team in home runs with 10 and is second with 41 RBIs.
On the mound, the Bears have been even more impressive as they own a 3.93 earned run average and are coming off an impressive series against Texas. Friday starter Logan Verrett leads the team with a 3.06 ERA and is 4-3 on the year with two complete games and 67 2/3 innings pitched. Brooks Pinckard is the staff closer with a 1.44 ERA along with nine saves in 16 appearances and 25 innings pitched.