The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 24th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics as we wrap up the baseball season as the Red Raiders fall to Coastal Carolina and Patrick Mahomes is headed to Louisiana for the weekend.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Baseball

The Season is Done. Texas Tech fell to Coastal Carolina, 7-6 (recap | box score). This was an incredibly tough game because 6 of 7 runs that CCU scored were unearned. The third and fifth innings for Texas Tech were absolute messes as the one thing that failed this team, defense, really hadn’t failed them all year.

This was the best team that Texas Tech has ever had play this game. They won a game in the College World Series, which was a program first, and they did it against the best team in the nation and knocked them out of the tournament. This team won 47 games and only lost 20 along the way. Congrats to the players and coaches. I’m super proud of this team.

Oh, and Texas Tech signed the 23rd best signing class last year and as you may recall, 10 players were drafted in the MLB draft so you can probably expect quite a few of those players to take that opportunity to play professionally.

And one final thank you to Eric Gutierrez. Your number should be retired.

Student Athletes

All-Big 12 Rookie Team. Texas Tech placed 39 student-athletes on the All-Big 12 Rookie Team, which are student-athletes who had a carry a 3.00 and have had 24 hours of non-remedial coursework. Congrats to all of them.

Football

Mahomes to the Manning Passing Academy.

Kingsbury 8th. Via the SportingNews, they rank the Big 12 coaches and have Kliff Kingsbury 8th overall:

Lowdown: Like Matt Campbell, Kingsbury turns 37 during the regular season. The Red Raiders are just 10-17 in Big 12 play the last three seasons, but they are 7-1 in nonconference play. Over the last three years, Texas Tech ranks 10th in the FBS with 37.3 points per game. But the Red Raiders also rank 123rd by allowing 38.4 ppg.

Schedule Analysis. ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon looks at Texas Tech’s schedule:

Gut-check time: Late October could be a scary time for Texas Tech. Or it could be the time when the Red Raiders affirm plans to be the Big 12’s surprise squad. Kliff Kingsbury’s team hosts West Virginia on Oct. 15 and Oklahoma on Oct. 22 then heads to TCU on Oct. 29. The Mountaineers are talented and have won two straight over the Red Raiders. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the conference for the second straight season. And TCU’s defense will provide a major challenge for the Red Raiders’ attack. If the Red Raiders can win all three games or at least two of them, it would be another step forward for Tech under Kingsbury.

DeAndre makes a Move. Via the EastBayTimes, former Red Raider footballer DeAndre Washington is getting some reps at first team with the Oakland Raiders:

Nothing’s been guaranteed to Washington about his role, but he did see some time with the first-team offense during the team’s minicamp.

“Right now, I’m just working, just competing,” Washington said. “I think we’ll worry about that down the line, but right now we’re just working and working every day to get better.”

Musgrave sees Washington as a player who can do a little of everything for the Raiders offense, plus help out on special teams.

“He’s really worked well for us thus far,” Musgrave said. “So we’re putting him in different situations to get a feel for he’s strengths and how we can tailor plays, tailor situations so he can really flash for us. He’s going to be good in first, second or third down.”

Miscellaneous. Via Land Grant Gauntlet, Baylor has released 5 players from their National Letters of Intent . . .

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