The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.05.26

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

This is going to be a very abbreviated Morning Stake. I’m hard at work in the STP labratory working on a few things for the blog.

A huge congrats and soccer clap (this is a clap that soccer players do where they clap above their head) for Gabriela Talaba who fell to Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine yesterday, 6-4, 7-6(5), ending her Sweet 16 run, the longest run of any tennis player (TexasTech).

There was a ton of rain yesterday in Stillwater as the men’s golf team only got in part of the opening round of the NCAA Championships, led by Ivan Ramirez who is 5 under through 12 (TexasTech). As of right now, Texas Tech is sitting 3rd overall, 4 shots behind Northwestern who made it through the entire round (GolfStat).

Four more Red Raiders advance to the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Regional, Eric Kicinski (discus), Divine Oduduru (100m), Vincent Crisp (800m) and Norman Grimes (400m hurdles) (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Baseball

The Texas Tech baseball team fell to West Virginia 12-4, thus dropping out of the Big 12 Tournament (Recap | Box Score). I won’t get into a ton of details, Davis Martin is sort of a mess right now and that’s a real problem heading into regionals, as he gave up 8 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Yeah, there were a couple of errors that led to those 8 runs that didn’t help, but there are some issues here. And John McMillon went 2.1 innings and had 5 walks! That’s sorta insane.

As to Texas Tech’s regional hopes, I’m going to guess that they don’t get to host a regional, but who knows. The RPI and strength of schedule are on point, a top 5 RPI, a top 13 strength of schedule, but the team didn’t finish well to end the year other than the sweep of Oklahoma State who is obviously flailing around and I’m not sure that they are a good baseball team at this point.

Texas Tech Football

If you would like some good news, Zach Tanner from 24/7 Sports is reporting that Maverick McIvor will be visiting Texas Tech starting on Thursday (Twitter), which is terrific news and I’m encouraging all of the stops be pulled out (FYI, this phrase is an allusion to organ stops which are pulled out so that all of the sounds are played at once and being very loud).

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