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2009 Baseball Season In Review




2009 TEXAS TECH BASEBALL SEASON IN REVIEW
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Media Coverage

Final Record - 25-32
Big 12 Record/Finish - 12-15/7th
Record At Home - 15-7
Record On The Road: - 7-19
Record At Neutral Sites: - 3-6
Versus Ranked Opponents: - 11-14
Texas Tech Season Review

Individual Honors

First Team All-Big 12: Chris Richburg
Second Team All-Big 12: Willie Rueda
Honorable Mention All-Big 12: Chad Bettis, Joey Kenworthy, Taylor Ashby and Scott LeJeune
Lowes Senior CLASS Award Finalist: Brian Cloud
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week: Chad Bettis, April 13

Noting The Red Raiders

Chad Betts, Texas Tech's most valuable player in 2009.



RED RAIDERS MAKES BIG STRIDES IN 2009
Texas Tech's overall season record doesn't do justice to the major strides that this program took in 2009. In his first season as head coach, Dan Spencer made the Red Raiders relevant again and gave Tech fans a taste of what is to come in the future. Texas Tech Accomplishments In 2009
  • After a missing the Big 12 Conference Championship in Oklahoma City each of the last two years, the Red Raiders put an end to that skid and reached the tournament as the No. 7 seed. Texas Tech was picked to finish eighth in the league in a preseason poll by the coaches but a strong finish put the Red Raiders in seventh place.
  • While in Oklahoma City, Texas Tech continued to make waves as they shook off an opening game loss to No. 2 seed Oklahoma and defeated No. 3 seed Missouri 4-2. The win over Missouri snapped a six-game losing skid for Tech in the conference tournament and was its first win since beating No. 1 seed Nebraska in the first game of the 2005 tournament.
  • Texas Tech was one win away (needed to beat Texas A&M on Saturday) from reaching the championship game in Oklahoma City.
  • Texas Tech's win over Missouri in Oklahoma City gave the Red Raiders at least one win over every single team in the Big 12. Tech had not accomplished this feat since the 2000 season and it marked just the fourth time overall (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2009).
  • Texas Tech won five Friday night games in the Big 12 and that was the most for the program since the 2002 season.
  • Texas Tech won four Big 12 series during the year and that was the most for the program since 2004.
  • The Red Raiders put an end to a five-year, 23-series road losing skid at No. 10 Kansas State on May 9 with a 12-6 series clinching win over the Wildcats. Tech had not won a three-game road series since dropping Oklahoma State in Stillwater at the end of the 2004 season.
  • Texas Tech snapped a six-game losing skid in Austin as the Red Raiders defeated No. 8 Texas 4-2 on March 28. Tech's last win over the Longhorns in Austin was back on March 30, 2003.
  • Posted double digit wins (12) in the Big 12 Conference for the first time since the 2004 season. Tech finished with nine conference wins in 2008, eight wins in 2007, nine wins in 2006, and nine wins in 2005.
  • Finished the season with 11 wins over teams ranked in the Top 25. That win total ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders also posted four wins over teams ranked in the Top 10.
  • Continued its home dominance over rival Texas A&M as the Red Raiders posted a 2-1 series win over the No. 11 Aggies in early April. Texas Tech has now won or tied the last six series against the Aggies at Dan Law Field.
  • Tech is the only team to hand Kansas State's A.J. Morris a loss this season. Morris was named the Big 12's Pitcher of the Year and led the nation in earned run average when the Red Raiders faced him on May 8. Morris allowed five runs on 10 hits over eight innings and the Red Raiders picked up their only shutout (6-0) of the season against the No. 10 Wildcats.
  • Posted a 15-7 record at Dan Law Field and watched its season home attendance average rise by 200 fans. A total of 53,491 fans came through the turnstiles this season over 22 games for an average of 2,431. Over the span of 26 games last season, Tech averaged 2,245 fans per-game.

    THE BEAL AWARDS
    After watching every single pitch of the 2009 season, I feel pretty confident in handing out team honors as I see them. These awards don't reflect the opinions of the Texas Tech coaching staff. Sorry guys - you don't get a pretty trophy either.
    Most Valuable Player: Chad Bettis
    No doubt about it. If it weren't for the sophomore right-hander, the Red Raiders would have been in BIG trouble this season. Bettis compiled a 6-1 record along with seven saves and led the staff with a 3.59 earned run average. However, the most eye-popping stat is one that you wont find very easily; of Tech's 12 league wins, Bettis pitched in all but one of them!
    Most Improved: Taylor Ashby
    Ashby recovered from a sophomore slump and was absolutely clutch for the Red Raiders in 2009. He turned in an impressive 25 two-out RBIs and ended the year with a .330 batting average. In my opinion, he was also the best center fielder in the league - hands down.
    Mr. Competitive: AJ Ramos
    What else can you say about a guy who defied expectations and rejoined the starting rotation on opening weekend - less than a year out from Tommy John Surgery?
    Biggest Surprise: Jeremy Mayo
    I am sure Jeremy will have a few words for me when he reads this but I don't think I am alone here. If not for J.T. Wise at Oklahoma, I would say Mayo was the best catcher in the league and trust me it was a close race. He belted 11 home runs this year and threw out 24 runners. Impressive.
    Freshman Of The Year: Scott LeJeune
    Had an outstanding year as the designated hitter and ended the season with a .327 average and led the team in Big 12 play with a .386 clip. He was second behind Taylor Ashby with 23 two-out RBIs.
    Coach Of The Year: Andy Jarvis
    I am sure you all think I am crazy but it would be too easy to give it to Dan Spencer. Coach Jarvis coached the Big 12's top offense as the Red Raiders posted a .311 average in league play. Very impressive for a group that came into the season without a lot of offensive expectations. Also, he pimped the helmet as the first base coach better than anyone I saw all season.
    Players I Am Anxious To Watch In 2010: Louis Head, Garrett Totten and Justin Berry.
    Broadcaster of the Year: Dr. G (Robert Giovannetti) He was forced to travel a lot in 2009 and we know this is not very easy when you have a business to run.

    SIX RED RAIDERS EARN BIG 12 POSTSEASON HONORS
    Seniors Chris Richburg and Willie Rueda highlighted Texas Tech's placements on the 2009 All-Big 12 Baseball team announced by the Big 12 Conference.

    Richburg, a Lubbock native, was named to the first team after a stellar senior season. During the regular-season, he paced the Tech offense with a .350 batting average along with 12 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 58 RBIs. His home run and RBI totals both were tops on the team and ranked in the Top 10 in the Big 12.

    Rueda, an El Paso native, recovered strong from a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season and was named to the second team. The senior second baseman pounded out a .333 average over 32 games while notching 10 doubles and 13 RBIs.

    Named to the honorable mention team were Chad Bettis (Sophomore RHP), Joey Kenworthy (Junior shortstop), Taylor Ashby (Junior center fielder) and Scott LeJeune (Freshman designated hitter).

    SHORT HOPS

  • Senior first baseman Chris Richburg posted the longest hit streak of the season with a 15-game stretch that began on March 8 against Oregon State and ended at New Mexico on March 31.
  • Richburg led the team with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs ... his 14 home runs this season gave him 22 for his career.
  • Junior center fielder Taylor Ashby and freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune had a combined 48 two-out RBIs this season ... Ashby led the way with 25 while LeJeune has added 23.
  • Senior right-hander Brian Cloud ended his career with 74 appearances and that mark ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech.
  • Senior right-hander AJ Ramos ended his career with 241 strikeouts and that ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech. He surpassed Jimmy Frush (1994-97) with two strikeouts against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship on May 20. Ramos also racked up 254 career innings pitched and that ranks sixth all-time at Tech.
  • Senior second baseman Willie Rueda produced 59 career stolen bases during his tenure and that mark ranks fifth all-time.
  • Sophomore Chad Bettis recorded his seventh save of the season at Dallas Baptist and that moved him into a tie for fourth place on the school's career saves list. His seven career saves has him in a tie with Mark Johnston (1976-79) and Kevin Tracey (1999-2000).
  • Texas Tech finished the regular-season with 32 road games (most in the Big 12 Conference) while this weekend's home series against OSU will be just the 20th, 21st and 22nd games at Dan Law Field in 2009.
  • Texas Tech has surpassed its sacrifice hit total from last season as the Red Raiders now have 47 in 2009. Tech managed just 36 sacrifice bunts in all of 2008.

    SUMMER BASEBALL ASSIGNMENTS
    Garrett Totten - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    (Border Cats, Northwoods League)
    Jeremy Mayo - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
    (Falcons, West Coast League)
    Joey Kenworthy - Victoria, Texas
    (Generals, Texas Collegiate League)
    Kevin Whitehead - Bellingham, Wash.
    (Bells, West Coast League)
    Logan Brown - Kitsap, Wash.
    (Blue Jackets, West Coast League)
    Nick Hanslik - El Dorado, Kan.
    (Broncos, Jayhawk League)
    Brandon Foster - Bellingham, Wash.
    (Bells, West Coast League)
    Brennan Stewart - Kitsap, Wash.
    (Blue Jackets, West Coast League)
    Mason Macnoll - Nevada, Mo.
    (Griffons, Mink League)
    Louis Head - Eau Claire, Wisc.
    (Express, Northwoods League)
    Robbie Kilcrease - Eau Claire, Wisc.
    (Express, Northwoods League)
    Scott LeJeune - Beatrice, Neb.
    (Bruins, Mink League)
    Chad Bettis - Falmouth, Mass.
    (Commodores, Cape Cod League)
    Jordan Stern - Bellingham, Wash.
    (Bells, West Coast League)
    Colt Farrar - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
    (Falcons, West Coast League)


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