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The Morning Stake | 2018.03.14

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Texas Tech Downs Louisville. Texas Tech defeated Louisville, 8-4, moving to 16-2 on the year and giving Louisville their second loss of the year (box score). Ryan Shetter only went 4 innings and gave up only 1 run, while walking 5 and striking out 2, but then Jose Quezada came in and nailed it down, going 3 innings and allowing 2 hits and a run on 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Dane Haveman had issues in the 8th inning, only registering 1 out after facing 3 batters and struggled, but Kurt Wilson and Ty Harpenau got out of the 8th inning and Caleb Freeman pitched a clean 9th inning. The first three runs for Texas Tech scored on an error, a hit by pitch and a walk. Josh Jung went 3-4 with 4 runs scored. Grant Little went 5-5 (one of these was a triple) with 4 RBI and Cameron Warren went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Game two of this short series starts today at 11:00 a.m. and will be televised on the ACCN+. Baylor in Waco is up this weekend.

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Beard on Rome. Head coach Chris Beard was on with Jim Rome on Tuesday and he talked about how nice the hotel is, his players, and a few other things.

Grad Assistants. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about the graduate assistants who have helped the players this year:

“What’s great about it is there’s so many of us and we can work toward our strengths. … It’s been everything I expected. There was no false advertising,” said Cobb, who also aids Texas Tech assistant Mark Adams with defense. “It’s been awesome being able to learn from coach Adams, and having a real role to help this team defensively is great.

“And then there’s the stuff we do after practice like helping the young guys (Culver and Smith) who love to get in the gym and get the extra work in. Those are the two biggest roles: helping on defense and helping the young guys get better after and before practices. …”

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Mic’d Up with Kingsbury:

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#37. A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about the areas of improvement that head coach kliff Kingsbury wants the team to improve upon in 2018:

“Where I thought we struggled was holding people in the red zone,” Kingsbury said in an interview this month with A-J Media. “The touchdown percentage was too high.

“I thought on third down, particularly on third-and-long, we were weren’t very good getting off the field, and then I believe we gave our opponents 37 first downs on penalties alone, which is way too high. So I think those are three areas we’re going to emphasize and try to get better at.”

Amendola to Sign with Miami. Congrats to Danny Amendola who will sign with the Miami Dolphins, 2 years worth $12 million and $8.25 guaranteed. Amendola is 32 years old and this may be the last good-sized contract for Amendola. Go get that money.

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