The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 13th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics, including recapping Texas Tech baseball’s 11-0 win over East Carolina.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Baseball

Texas Tech Dominates East Carolina to Advance to Omaha. Texas Tech dominated East Carolina yesterday, 11-0 (recap | box score). Huge day for Erikson Lanning, the true freshman, who pitched 7 2-hit innings and was absolutely superb as he walked 2 and struck out 6. Hayden Howard pitched the final 2 frames and was perfect, not giving up a hit and striking out 2. The offense was led by Hunter Hargrove who went 3-5 with 4 RBI and senior Eric Gutierrez was 2-2 with 3 RBI. Tyler Neslony was 2-3 with an RBI and of all things, Orlando Garcia was batting second in the order and was 2-4 with an RBI.

TCU and Oklahoma State Advance. This NCAA bracket should be updated when the times and opponents are announced for Bracket 1 and bracket 2. At this point, there are eight teams remaining and there are two brackets. Bracket 2 consists of Miami, Arizona, Oklahoma State and UC Santa Barbara, while Bracket 1 consists of Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina, TCU and the winner between Florida State and Florida. FSU and UF are set to play today at 7:00 pm. That means that TCU defeated Texas A&M yesterday and Oklahoma State defeated South Carolina.

If Florida State wins, there’s a chance that no SEC teams make the CWS, which is always a bit funny because they’re touted as having the best baseball conference. In fact, Coastal Carolina defeated LSU in Baton Rouge, Arizona defeated Mississippi State in Starkville, TCU defeated TAMU in College State, and Oklahoma State defeated South Carolina in Columbia. That’s 4 SEC teams being defeated on the third game at home.

Ten Players and Three Commits Drafted. It was a busy weekend off the field as ten players were drafted over the past weekend and three commits, two high school and a JUCO player, were also drafted. Three players on day two, seven players on day three and here’s info on the three commits. Ten current players drafted is a school record I think.

Football

I Like to Fish.

Athlon’s Big 12 Predictions. Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan has their Big 12 predictions for the year. Lots of links and things to read, including Texas Tech being picked 6th, being Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State, Baylor and West Virginia. Texas Tech also gets a bit of a write-up, including defensive questions for Texas Tech and West Virginia:

However, both teams must rely on their offense to win games, while the defense looks to fill major voids. Offense hasn’t been the problem for Texas Tech in recent years, and there’s no shortage of firepower in Lubbock with the return of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has to restock the trenches and find a go-to receiver to replace Jakeem Grant, but the offense shouldn’t miss a beat. Coordinator David Gibbs is the right coach to help Texas Tech’s defense take a step forward, and there’s a lot of work ahead this offseason after giving up 43.6 points a game in 2015. Each level of the defense has significant concerns, but the Red Raiders have two potential impact transfers up front (Kolin Hill and Ondre Pipkins), and a few sophomores – Breiden Fehoko, Jah’Shawn Johnson and D’Vonta Hinton – providing hope for improvement. West Virginia’s offense returns eight starters and needs more consistency out of quarterback Skyler Howard to alleviate concerns on a defense that features a rebuilt back seven.

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