The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.05.20

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Successful Spring. With baseball winning the Big 12 title, that’s four men’s teams that have won a Big 12 title, men’s track taking both indoor and outdoor championships, men’s basketball and now baseball. In addition to Big 12 titles, both tennis teams made the NCAA Tournament, as did both men’s and women’s golf teams. The women’s track teams were ranked in the top 25 all season I think. Softball just finished up their first NCAA appearance since 2012 (I think) and it is almost all but a given that baseball be in the NCAA Tournament with the only question being whether or not they’ll host a national seed.

It has been a really successful spring.

Texas Tech Volleyball

Texas Tech Tennis

Texas Tech Softball

Baton Rouge Regional. Some things happened. I’ll try to get to all of the recaps which will have links to the box scores. On Friday, the ladies defeated Louisiana Tech, 3-0 behind a 7 inning shutout game from Erin Edmoundson who moved to 20-3 on the year. On Saturday, they fell to LSU, 5-4 in 13 innings (as an aside softball only goes 7 innings). Edmoundson took the loss as she came in relief. These NCAA regionals require two losses, so the ladies would have to climb out of that hole on Saturday night defeating Louisiana Tech 3-1 on Saturday night. With this win, the Red Raiders would need to beat LSU twice on Sunday, which they defeated the Tigers the first time around on Sunday, 5-4 and then lost the finale, 5-1 to LSU, ending the season.

A heck of an effort and to take No. 10 LSU to the brink of a final game says a lot about your program and where you are after just one year of getting back to the NCAA Tournament, which is that next year you’re a lot closer to hosting your own regional than you might think.

Texas Tech Baseball

Big 12 Tournament. The seedings are set, your Red Raiders are the #1 seed. I’ll speak this into existence now, which is that I don’t think that head coach Tim Tadlock cares too much about the Big 12 Tournament. You want to be playing well, but this team is playing for loftier goals. Here’s how the season ended.

Texas Tech 16-8
Baylor 14-8
Oklahoma State 14-9
West Virginia 13-11
Kansas 12-12
TCU 11-13
Oklahoma 11-13
Kansas State 8-16
Texas 7-16

Texas will stay at home for the Big 12 Championship and it will be an 8-team tournament. You can check out the Big 12 bracket here, which includes Texas Tech facing Kansas State on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:30 p.m. The Big 12 Tournament has been in Oklahoma City for a few years now and I think it’s probably a pretty good place considering everything. I suppose that you could also have it it Round Rock, Frisco, San Antonio, Abilene, Midland, or Corpus Christi (thinking of places with a Triple A or Double A affiliates). Whether or not Texas Tech wins or loses will determine the when next game will be.

Texas Tech Basketball

Roster Eligibility Chart. I went a full day, yesterday, without having to update the roster eligibility chart and I’m shook. Just in case you were wondering.

Texas Tech Football

The Reply to the Tweet. Coach Matt Wells is tweeting what you all are thinking.

Big 12 Quarterback Rankings. AthlonSports’ Steve Lassan ranks the Big 12 quarterbacks and has Alan Bowman 5th, behind Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, and Texas’ Sam Ehlinger:

The quarterback position is usually one that causes a lot of angst for any new coaching staff, but that’s not the case for Matt Wells. The former Utah State coach arrives in Lubbock with Bowman – one of the Big 12’s rising stars – entrenched as the team’s starter. Injuries limited the Texas native to just eight games in his freshman campaign, but he still finished the year with 2,638 yards and 17 touchdowns to seven picks. Bowman torched Houston for 605 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-49 win for Texas Tech and passed for 408 against Iowa State. Due to only playing in eight contests, Bowman did not qualify for the Big 12 statistical leaders. However, his 69.4 completion percentage was higher than Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray (69.0) and Will Grier (67.0).

Best Case / Worst Case. Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has what would potentially happen in the best case scenario, 9-3, and worst case, 4-8.

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