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The Morning Stake: March 29th

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Texas Tech takes down Texas Southern, 8-4 (Recap | Box Score), winning their 9th straight game this year. There was a rain delay after the third inning that ended what looked to be a pretty good start from Erikson Lanning, who went 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and walking none. Jose Quezada pitched out of the delay, going 2 inning and earning his third win of the year (3-1) while giving up just 1 hit, while Ty Harpenau pitched the next 4, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, walking 1 and striking out 5.

The offense was the main story here as John McMillon crushed a home run (about 1:38 on the highlights) to hit the scoreboard and Connor Beck followed that up with another home run to left field over the visitors bullpen and into the parking lot. It’s difficult to pick out just one guy that hit well because the team had 17 hits on the day, including 3-hit games for Ryan Long and Michael Davis. Tanner Gardner went down with an ankle injury while sliding and came out of the game. Hopefully, he gets the next night off and is back by Friday.

Today’s game starts at 2:00 pm.

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Get to know freshman DL Houston Miller:

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Gridiron Now’s David Ubben writes about how he likes how Kingsbury and Texas Tech are bringing the spring game festivities to the fans:

For fans, the tour is a chance to see their team without making the trip to Lubbock. Texas Tech has lots of fans in Midland. There are even more in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This year especially, a trip to The Star is an easy sell. If you’re not a high school football fan, it’s unlikely you’d have a chance to see any football inside the facility at any other point.

Lubbock is an underrated Big 12 town, but plenty of Texas Tech fans aren’t going to make the drive every April for a spring game. Bringing it to them is a win for everyone.

Spring football can be a bore, even if it’s a gridiron oasis in the eight-month desert commonly referred to as the offseason.

The Ringer’s Danny Kelly has their mock draft 2.0 and they have Patrick Mahomes going 27th overall to Kansas City.

Kansas City can get out of its contract with Smith after this season, and in the strong-armed and fearless Mahomes, it has the opportunity to add a quarterback who can cut it loose downfield. The former Texas Tech signal-caller will need some time to refine his skills and learn to play within Reid’s precision timing system, but he’s got the tools to be a top-tier passer in the NFL.

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