The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.04.16

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Briefly.

The womens tennis team beat No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Oklahoma this weekend (via official site official site). Pretty impressive stuff. And the men’s tennis team lost to Oklahoma (via official site).

Congrats to the lady’s golf team for winning the Boilermaker Classic (via official site)!

The soccer team played in the Spring Soccer Classic against LSU in Bossier City, but I don’t know the result.

The softball team was swept this weekend, but they kept things relatively close all three games. Obviously, getting swept isn’t great, but they’re keeping these games close. The link is to the last game (via official site).

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

Baseball

Sweep! Finally, Texas Tech swept a team, the victim was Kansas State and the series thread is officially updated. Final scores of 21-4, 26-6 and 9-6 were your final scores. The Red Raiders have New Mexico on Tuesday evening in Albuquerque and then come back home to take on the Sooners. As of right now, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are at the top of the Big 12 standings at 9-3 overall and Texas is 11-4, I guess having played an extra series. Texas Tech is about to head into the meat-grinder with the Sooners, and then take on Arkansas in Fayetteville, in Ft. Worth to take on TCU, at home against Texas and then at Oklahoma State (there are mid-week games in there too).

Texas Tech Basketball

Jarrett Culver is set for his sophomore campaign and he’s ready to get to work (via RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay):

“It’s just back to work. Every day you have to get back to work, focus on this season coming up and the offseason. It’s just about trying to get better every day, be the best player you can be for your team, so I’m just focused on that right now.”

But what many might not remember is that Culver didn’t get a full offseason headed into his freshman season. He was rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered in high school and had to watch from the bench at times while his team was preparing over the summer. Looking back on it, the versatile guard wouldn’t have it any other way.

Texas Tech Football

The defense was the star of the spring game (via A-J Media’s Don Willims):

In front of a small crowd at Jones AT&T Stadium, Quincy Addison had a fumble recovery, Octavious Morgan an interception and Kolin Hill a couple of sacks to lead the way. And the defense got three fourth-down stops, one when linebacker Kevin Moore stoned Tre King on fourth-and-1 for no gain, another when young cornerback John Davis broke up an Alan Bowman pass into the end zone from the 6-yard line.

The Red Raiders developed some playmakers last year and tied for sixth in the FBS with 29 turnovers gained.

“I think they kind of have a nose for it now,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “They believe they can do it, and that’s the way they play.”

Remember when I wrote how someone would write that the Texas Tech defense isn’t all that great, didn’t improve and just fall back on the cliche that is Texas Tech defense? Well, it took all of one day (via RebelGrove):

Sept. 1 vs. Texas Tech (Houston) — This one promises to be a shoot-out. Both teams should be able to post huge numbers, and both teams enter the fall with all sorts of defensive question marks. I’ve got some SEC bias here, as it seems the SEC team almost always beats the Big XII team in these contests when both clubs are basically even on paper. I’ll call it a win.

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