The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: March 30th

Lots of news this morning, including another football decommit, football practice notes and baseball gets back on the winning track.

Track & Field

Golf

Tennis

Soccer

Softball

Texas Tech to take on Abilene Christian. The softball team will be on the road to take on Abilene Christian on Wednesday night. Texas Tech hasn’t played in Abilene since 1998.

Baseball

Texas Tech Takes Down UNLV. Lose one, win one. That’s probably going to be the pattern during mid-week games, which is okay if Texas Tech continues to win in the Big 12. The Red Raiders defeated UNLV, 14-6 yesterday afternoon (box score). Ty Damron had a decent start, considering how the ball was flying out for Texas Tech, as Damron pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs, walking 5 and striking out 6. Robert Dugger pitched 3 innings in relief, also giving up 3 runs, to to along with 4 hits, 5 strikeouts and no walks. Parker Mushinski and Dalton Brown combined to pitch the final frame. Cory Raley was 4-5 with 4 RBI, including his 4th home run of the year. Texas Tech managed 13 hits on the day and Stephen Smith, Zach Davis, and Tanner Gardner each had multi-hit games.

Texas Tech to Play Florida State. This was announced yesterday as Texas Tech will travel to Tallahassee to take on No. 8 Florida State on April 5th and 6th. In order to accomplish this, Texas Tech had to move the mid-week game with Abilene Christian and agree to visit Abilene Christian later in April.

Basketball

Mitchell to Transfer from Ohio State, Texas Tech Possible Landing Spot. Via the DMN, former Ohio State forward Mickey Mitchell, brother of Mike Mitchell, is transferring from Ohio State and Texas Tech is one of a few possible landing spots. This Mitchell plays basketball and play in Plano in high school.

Smith Opines on 1966 Texas Western. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about how head coach Tubby Smith remembers watching the all-black starting five of Texas Western changed his life:

For Smith, looking back at being a 15-year old in front of a television watching Texas Western to today being one of the most respected coaches in college basketball is remarkable.

“Having the chance to meet most of the men on that Texas Western team and getting the chance to know Don Haskins who was the coach at time re-instills in me that I am in one of the most noble professions and doing something that I love doing,” Smith said. “That continually inspires me to be the best coach and representative of coaches.

“That moment in time, 1966, shaped a lot of who I am today.”

Football

Castaneda Decommits. Well, this is all sorts of strange, via DMN, Round Rock’s Tyler Castaneda has decommitted from Texas Tech, leaving Texas Tech with just three commits for the 2017 class, QB Xavier Martin, C Justin Anderson and OL Dawson Deaton.

Notebooky. LAJ’s Don Williams has a notebook from yesterday’s practice (which I’ll break down the Kingsbury media session as well), which covers Dylan Cantrell and Reginald Davis competing, Derrick Willies and the scrimmage plan for Saturday in Midland.

Practice.

Improvement in 2016? ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon answers a reader’s question and Chatmon is predicting 8-10 wins for Texas Tech:

Chatmon: Let’s say 8-10 wins for Texas Tech in 2016. Patrick Mahomes is one of the nation’s top quarterbacks, and if he’s even better as a junior I could see him carrying the Red Raiders to double-digit wins. He is the reason for hope in Lubbock. As far as the defense, expect continued improvement, even if the Red Raiders don’t finish in the top half of the conference defensively. David Gibbs is facing a major rebuild, but we saw signs the Red Raiders could be on the right road during his first season. If Tech can lead the Big 12 in forced turnovers in his second season as defensive coordinator, that would be the best-case scenario and help increase the chances of a season with double-digit wins as the Big 12’s surprise team.

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