Baseball: UTA Preview

Here is a look at the weekend series against UTA coming up for the Red Raiders.

A mid-week split at Arizona has Texas Tech baseball confident heading into the final tune up series before Big 12 play begins next week at Disch Falk Field in Austin.

One big inning for Arizona in game one and one big inning for the Red Raiders in game two were the difference in each game in an otherwise tightly contested series.

"We struggled at times during those two ballgames, but at the same time, we put ourselves in a position to win game two," said Tech head coach Tim Tadlock. "We've competed all season, but we haven't always had the results that we've wanted."

This weekend will see UT-Arlington at Rip Griffin Park at Dan Law Field. The Mavericks won versus Oklahoma on Tuesday and lost a 2-1 game to the Texas Longhorns earlier this season. With a schedule that features a total of four Big XII opponents, the Mavericks will not be fazed by the venue or the level of competition.

"UTA has a good team, Utah Valley (next Tuesday & Wednesday's opponent) has a good team," said Tadlock. Our team is learning it doesn't matter who you line up and play against, you can win the game or you can also get beat."

Dominic Moreno will try to get back in the win column after a 5 run inning, three-run performance last time out against LaSalle that saw the Red Raiders lose in 12 innings. Moreno has pitched into the 5th inning in each of his three starts this year. Moreno will be opposed by righty Brad Vachon

Trey Masek will take his 0.00 ERA into Saturday night's game versus 6'6'' righty Zach Thompson. Freshman Matt Withrow starts Sunday afternoon for the Red Raiders against lefty Chase Weaver.

The pitching has held up well for Texas Tech since their trip to Florida. In addition to the three weekend starters Corey Taylor has come out of the bullpen and pitched well as has senior Jerrod McCrummen, who threw 4 innings of shutout baseball in the Friday night game versus LaSalle and three innings to seal the win Tuesday at Arizona.

One might think that hitting would be the focus this week, since the Red Raiders played the first 15 innings at Arizona only scoring two runs, but Tadlock wants the team to raise their level of consistency in all phases, and simply to win each day, one day at a time.

"Each day in important, and right now the most important game is Friday, and we'd really like to put ourselves in a position to go out and win each game."

There's a chance that former Ranger and Fox Sports analyst Mark McLemore could be in the crowd this weekend, as his son Darien McLemore is a starting freshman infielder for the Mavericks. Former MLB utility man Lee Mazilli's son LJ played against the Red Raiders for UConn.

Stat of the week: Texas Tech has turned at least 1 double play in 13 of 14 games and leads the Big XII with a total of 20 turned.

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