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The Morning Stake | 2017-10-30

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A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. went to the first game of the Red-Black Series, as the Red Team won 9-2:

The Red team plated three runs in the third inning off starter Caleb Killian and added three more in the fifth inning against reliever Nick Candelari. A two-run home run from Zach Rheams in the fifth inning put the Red team up 7-1, while strong pitching and defense from the Red team’s new and veteran players kept the Black team from clawing back.

Right-handed power pitcher Jake McDonald started for the Red team and gave up only one run on a first-inning home run over the left-field fence from sophomore Grant Little. McDonald, also a sophomore, struck out three Black hitters in three innings before giving way to Dane Haveman, a sophomore transfer from Hill College, who recorded three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of work.

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FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein writes about five teams that could overachieve this year, one of them being Texas Tech:

Chris Beard returns six seniors from that group and adds another key veteran in fifth-year senior Tommy Hamilton, a transfer from DePaul. Brandone Francis — a former top-30 recruit — is another high-level import as a transfer from Florida and should add to Texas Tech’s deep assortment of perimeter options.

A disciple of Bob Knight, Beard is well respected throughout the industry. He proved two years ago that he can coach his tail off when he led Arkansas-Little Rock to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Don’t forget that there’s an exhibition game on Thursday, oh, and there’s this too:


Oh, and I don’t want any part of of this.

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Here are your LAJ articles from the game:

A-J Media’s Don Williams asked Kliff Kingsbury if he felt like he was coaching for his job over the next four weeks and he said that he always feels like that:

“I think it’s still high,” Kingsbury said. “They understand what we can be. We just haven’t done it. We’ve done it in spurts and not complete games, and we’ve got to find a way to do that. But I think they understand how good they can be. I haven’t seen anybody show anything other than that.”

Wide receiver Derrick Willies, defensive tackle Nick McCann and cornerback D.J. Polite-Bray didn’t make the trip to Oklahoma for what Kingsbury termed a “coaches’ decision.” Though none is indispensable, each is in the depth chart.

Asked if those players’ situations and others in recent weeks who’ve been held out signify a problem in the locker room, Kingsbury said, “I don’t think so. I think our locker room’s great. It’s more just case by case. Every year, you have some issues you’ve got to handle and just handle it internally.”

RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz has takeaways from that media availabillity that included S Justus Parker and WR T.J. Vasher:

Kingsbury mentioned that he thought Shimonek played well, but has to work on the details to get him in the groove. The Red Raider offense started off fast, however, Shimonek did over throw his receivers on some passes.

“I felt like he was in a good rhythm early and then I think just trying too hard at times,” Kingsbury said. “Trying to put too much on it not just doing what he does. You know as a QB you gotta keep it together, stay composed, stay in a rhythm the entire game and that’s what separates the great ones from the good ones.”

As for Vasher, he said it’s a matter of execution as to why the team has struggled in the second half the past two games.

A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook from yesterday’s media availability, including the note that RB Justin Stockton will likely be back this week against Kansas State and Kingsbury also said that the timeout for that kickoff was because they were maybe going to do something, but Oklahoma gave them them a different look than they anticipated and wanted to get out of whatever they were going to do.

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