Tech Baseball Slips Again
The season for the Red Raiders has not gone the way many expected, with one of the worst starts to conference play since 1989. Yes going back all the way to the Southwest Conference days.
Despite the rough start to Big 12 play, 2-7, the one bright spot has been Duke von Schamann. The sophomore was just named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
This marks the first time a Red Raider pitcher has garnered the award since Chad Bettis got it back in 2012.
The award came well earned as von Schamann's pas two starts ended with wins and complete games.
The Red Raiders are back in action on Tuesday as they take on Angelo State at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park with first pitch set for 5 p.m.
Softball Powers way to 3-2 record in Conference
Shannon Hays knew that this past weekend was a big one, considering his squad had not won a Big 12 game in the 2012 campaign.
Iowa State was the perfect team to snap that streak against.
Tech (30-7, 3-2) was able to play three quality games against the Cyclones to notch the sweep.
The play of Adrianna Perez was vital for the Red Raiders as the first-year Red Raider went 8-for-11 on the weekend driving in eight RBIs and clubbed two home runs, including the game-winner in Sunday's 5-3 victory to complete the sweep.
Tech also relied on the strong pitching of freshman Cara Custer.
Custer improved to 17-5 on the 2012 season. Following a tough outing on Friday where she allowed six runs, but then on Sunday looked to be back to her old self.
Custer pitched her 12th complete game of the season as she went eight innings, allowed just three runs and struck out four to keep Tech in the game.
The Red Raiders are back in action on Thursday as they travel to Norman, Oklahoma to open a three-game series against the Sooners and will try and extend its 13-game winning streak.
Red Raider Tennis Notches Huge Win Against Baylor
For the first time since the Big 12 was formed, 1996, the Red Raiders were able to beat the Baylor Bears and in dominating fashion – 6-1.
Following grabbing the early lead with winning two-of-three doubles matches; it would come down to singles.
No. 96 Raony Carvalho was able to roll to a 7-5, 6-1 victory against No. 87 Roberto Maytin to give Tech a 2-0 lead.
"I was confident to play singles," Carvalho said. "But when I started playing I was losing 5-2 so fast, I wasn't playing bad, I just had to keep my mind on the game and I was able to win 7-5, 6-1. It was a very good match for me, I was able to seal the match, (keep) my mind strong."
After Gonzalo Escobar was able to roll to an upset victory against No. 21 Mate Zsiga, Rafael Garcia sealed the victory with a win in the three spot.
It was not an easy win for Garcia as he took the first game 6-2, fell in the second 6-1, but came back in the third game and seal the historic victory for the Red Raiders.
"It was one of those matches where I'm just so proud of how well everyone competed, they were really locked in, didn't let the crowd affect them," Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. "Just played a great match overall, one through six, and one, two and three in doubles.
"A great team effort."
The Red Raiders are back in action on Saturday at the McCleod Tennis Center taking on the Aggies of Texas A&M for the final time as conference foes with first serve set for 6 p.m.
Lady Raider Tennis Remains Perfect in Big 12 Play
After a huge upset of then-No.12 Baylor earlier this season, the sky was the limit for the Lady Raider tennis program.
Since that win, Tech has not suffered any kind of let down, but rather all they have done is win, win and win some more.
Todd Petty, the reigning Big 12 Coach of the Year, has his No. 22 Lady Raider squad as the best in the Big 12 and one of just three teams to remain unbeaten in conference play.
Heading into this past weekend, the Lady Raiders were 3-0 in conference play, and after Sunday's match against Oklahoma the record was pushed to 5-0.
Tech took down both No. 41 Oklahoma State and No. 47 Oklahoma by the score of 5-2, and just took another step in the right direction.
"It was a great weekend," Petty said. "Those are two teams we've notoriously struggled against and you know I thought the way we were able to go out and we won some matches early, won all six of our sets today, which was amazing. But we were able to get the dual and get the first three off the court after the doubles and really be done comfortably early in the day. I thought we played with some leads really well, I thought we started very well.
"They handled the role of being the hunted very well, which was what we were kind of nervous about."
The road gets no easier from this point out as the Lady Raiders get a week off before heading on the road for arguably two of their biggest matches of the season – at Texas A&M and Texas.
The Aggies and Longhorns are the other two teams that remain unbeaten in conference play thus far and pose a huge challenge for the Lady Raiders, but Tech captain Caroline Stark said they are ready for it and the bye week will help.
"We all have individual things that we need to work on, but we just keep working hard as a team, just like we have been every day," she said. "I think we just keep our excitement up there, because we just love to go out there and play. Playing A&M and UT, our two biggest rivals, and like Sam (Adams) said we are the underdogs, because they're ranked ahead of us and they've had more success against us in the past.
"So that's going to be an exciting one to get prepared for and get ready for."
It will be a while before the rivals meet as Tech faces A&M on April 13 and Texas on April 15, both on the road.