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The Morning Stake: Baseball Wins Another Walk-Off; Darrin Chiaverini Talks Additional Responsibility

Texas Tech baseball earns yet another walk-off win against New Mexico State.  We’ve got highlights of that game, plus, Le’Raven Clark talks about returning to Texas Tech and Darrin Chiaverini discusses the added responsibility of coaching receivers. Plus additional video from Monday’s practice.

Another Walk-Off Win. The baseball team wins yet another walk-off game, beating New Mexico State, 4-3 (recap & box score). Texas Tech was trailing 2-0 for almost the entire game, until Texas Tech scored 2 in the bottom of the 9th, each team scored 1 run in the 10th and then Texas Tech scores the walk-off run in the bottom of the 12th inning. Tanner Gardner singled in the 12th. Ryan Long bunted Gardner to second, Hunter Southerland and Cory Raley both walked, which filled the bases and Zach Davis singles home the winning run.

The bats are a bit too quiet and really need to get going for this thing to take off like last year.

Spotlight on Luke Adams. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds writes about Luke Adams and his story, from being deaf as a child and having cochlear implants to walking on at Texas Tech to wanting to be a coach when he graduates.

And Dan is going to be by later today with a full preview of the Big 12 Championships games today, which includes Texas Tech playing Texas. Dan’s going to be around all week as this time of year is like Christmas every day for him.

Clark Talks About Staying & Big Money has More Responsibilities. Here we go, and I’m making sure to link the articles correctly this morning. LAJ’s Don Williams has a notebook of things and also writes about the much fuller plate of special teams coach and wide receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini.

  • In the notebook, Le’Raven Clark talks (yes, he actually talks) about how returning to the team was an easy decision:

    “It wasn’t too much of a decision for me,” Clark said Monday. “I kind of had in mind for the most part to come back. I didn’t really put too much thought into it. Just kind of assessed where I was going to be.”

  • From the Chiaverini article, with the added responsibility of coaching two units, he says that he enjoys coaching the wide receivers and likes the responsibility:

    “I enjoy it,” he said. “Just being my background, being an offense guy, I really enjoy doing that. To me, it’s not a job. It’s something I love to do. I actually asked for the responsibility, and I enjoy doing that.”

Big 12 Football Helmet Schedule. You’ve probably seen this before, but this is a nice visual of the entire Big 12’s 2015 football schedule. Seeing it visually you realize that Texas Tech doesn’t have a bye until the last three weeks of the year, where Texas Tech has a bye before the Texas game and then after the game. It’s going to be a blogging grind next year.

Sleeper Team. 24/7 Sports’ Kevin Laherty writes that Texas Tech should be a sleeper team in 2015:

Texas Tech was a young team in 2014, and one that saw issues defensively with the uncertainty at defensive coordinator. It isn’t hard to see a step forward to bowl eligibility in 2015, particularly with the number of key returnees on both sides, with key additions through recruiting and with an undeniably more stable situation at DC with David Gibbs.

Physical Practice. The DT’s jeremy Krakosky writes about how the teams are going after it in the spring:

“We got after it pretty well. Since we put pads on, it’s been physical,” he said. “Defense is still learning, but they’ve been aggressive, so it’s been fun to watch their development so far.”

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