Opening Day Recap/Takeaways:
- Texas Tech defeated Milwaukee 12-3 after having two four-run innings, and turning five double plays. This was the first time they scored this many runs on Opening Day since 2009.
- Ryan Moseley (pictured above) was accredited with the win after pitching five innings and allowing five hits, two runs, three walks but recording four strikeouts. It seemed as if Moseley had the Opening Day jitters and Tadlock after the game said he was "efficient" but knows that he will get better and keep competing.
- The other pitcher out of the four we saw that I was impressed with was Hayden Howard. He only allowed two hits, no runs but didn't get any strikeouts but he was consistent for the two innings he pitched.
- Stephen Smith was an absolute stud today for the Red Raiders. He had three doubles and three RBIs today. He was a big part in both four run innings Texas Tech had (B4 and B7). Most impressively, in the bottom of the 7th he doubled to left field with two outs. Gutierrez called Smith's performance a great one and added the ball must have been the size of a watermelon to him.
- Eric Gutierrez also had a big game offensively, he had two hits and three RBIs, but he had a big game defensively as well as they were able to turn five double plays. He said turning that many is good, but the downside is you have runners on base when you turn a double play.
- Also, another note is the top four guys in the line up: Raley, Garcia, Smith and Gutierrez accounted for ten hits and and 11 RBIs. Tanner Gardner was the only other Red Raider to drive in a run.
- Both Gutierrez and Smith mentioned after the game that there are areas that need improvement and it seemed as if they weren't completely satisfied with this performance. They both mentioned leaving guys on base as one of those areas that needs cleaning up, and the two errors that were committed.
- As for the bat incident that happened after Daulton Varsho hit a home run to left field. Tadlock said "You guys could see the issue we had." and basically said it's in the hands of the umpires, who have sent the bat off to the NCAA to inspect.
I will have a full series recap for you guys Sunday, but I'll be posting these after each game.