With the World Series going on right now, there is no better time than now to have the annual Red & Black series and get a fall preview of the 2012 Red Raider baseball team.
One of the biggest issues facing Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer going into this season is replacing Kelby Tomlinson at shortstop.
Tomlinson of course was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of last years Major League Baseball Draft, meaning a replacement would be needed heading into the 2012 campaign.
In game one of the Red & Black series, freshman Bryant Burleson put his name up for serious consideration for that starting job at shortstop by helping lead the Red team to a 3-1 victory.
Burleson was only a single shy of the cycle in the seven-inning affair going 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two-run blast.
When it came to pitching junior Shane Broyles proved himself going four and 1/3 innings allowing the lone run on five hits, struck out four and administered no walks.
Following that performance was senior lefty Ben Flora who
when one and 2/3 innings of scoreless work before giving the ball to John Neely
to close out the game for the Red team.
The Red team was not the only team making noise as Scott LeJeune led the team going 2-for-3 and stole two bases, there were four bases swiped between the two teams.
Catcher Bo Altobelli drove in the only run for the Black team, but went just 1-for-3 in the game.
On the mound for the Black team was Duke Von Schamann took the loss despite just giving up three runs in six innings of work.
Tomorrow is Game two of the Red & Black series with the
first pitch coming at 3:30 p.m. at Rip Griffin Park. Admission is FREE.