Texas Tech looks to bounce back this weekend in its conference home opener against Kansas.
The Red Raiders have dropped three straight. They lost the first conference series to Oklahoma 2-1 in Norman last weekend and then fell to New Mexico, 7-6, on Tuesday.
To comfort some, last season the Red Raiders were 18-7 through their first 25 games last year and right now they stand at 16-9 overall.
Let’s go back to Norman. Despite the loss there are positives to take out of this series. Starting off with the 6-1 win in the first game of the series. Starting pitcher Ryan Moseley and Corey Taylor kept the Sooners to one run, and three hits. That is the fewest hits allowed so far this season.
The Texas Tech offense was also alive during the first game of last weekend’s series. Overall, they scored six runs on nine hits and had four walks. A big offensive leader was Cory Raley who went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. That game marked his team leading 10th multi-hit game.
After this series Raley was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. He proved he deserved that honor with a leadoff home run in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against New Mexico.
The other Corey was another bright spot of this past weekend. He pitched five shutout innings and only allowed two hits during his outings. He has pitched 24.2 innings without allowing an earned run and has had eight scoreless outings so far this season. If there is a relief pitcher you can count on, it’s Corey Taylor.
There were a few areas Tech struggled against Oklahoma. Most notably was in the second game against OU’s Alec Hansen who pitched a complete game only allowing two runs on three hits and had 10 strikeouts. After Tech scored in the fifth inning Hansen retired 12-of-13 batters to end the game. OU won that one 5-2.
The final game was low scoring on both sides. Oklahoma took the series with a 3-2 win. The Red Raiders really failed to capitalize on offense, which has been happening a lot lately. In this contest alone they left 11 runners on base.
This continued to be a problem in Texas Tech’s midweek game against New Mexico. The Red Raiders lost 7-6, but ultimately could not capitalize when there was a guy in scoring position. There were 10 guys left on base on Tuesday.
The ultimate downfall Tuesday was the three errors committed. The two errors in the second ultimately turned a two run inning into a four run inning. The third error in the seventh did not cost Tech any runs.
Head coach Tim Tadlock said after the game that this game it became obvious that it is hard to find a balance between the guys that are hitting good and that can also back it up with defense.
The Red Raiders were swinging the bats hard against the Lobos and score three home runs. Cory Raley’s came on the first pitch of the game. Both Ryan Long and Tyler Neslony also got home runs; unfortunately they were the only ones on base.
The rest of the offense was decent compared to what we have seen in the last month. Texas Tech had scored six on 10 hits, had five RBIs and seven walks.
Tyler Neslony said that despite the losses they are still confident as a team and will put this behind them going into the series against Kansas.
Kansas so far is 9-15 this season, and they have lost their last 4-of-6 games. This will be the Jayhawks first conference game of the season.
Texas Tech will host a three-game series against Kansas, which starts 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Law.
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