The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.07.02

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Rest In Peace Dan Law. If you missed the news last night, Dan Law passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Law was a two-sport athlete for Texas Tech, playing both baseball and football, and had the baseball field named after him.

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Freshmen All-American. Not going away. Micah Dallas was named as D1 Baseball’s second team and Clayton Beeter was named as Baseball America’s second team All-American teams.

Vanderbilt’s Becker to Transfer to Texas Tech.

Originally from Ohio, Austin Becker pitched for 3 innings this past year for Vanderbilt and was originally a top 40 or so player as part of the 2018 MLB Draft, but ended up pitching for the Commodores. Here’s the MLB profile on Becker and if you were thinking that this is a significant add for Tim Tadlock, you are correct.

Eight for Omaha in 2020. Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill predicts eight for Omaha in 2020 and he thinks that the Red Raiders will be back a year from now (which doesn’t even include Austin Becker):

The Red Raiders have made three trips to Omaha in the last four years and they’ll be set up well for another one in 2020. Texas Tech must replace shortstop Josh Jung, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2019 draft, as well as outfielder Gabe Holt and first baseman Cam Warren. Texas Tech also loses power arms Caleb Killian and John McMillon. While that feels like a lot, Texas Tech still has a lot of talent returning. Righthanders Micah Dallas and Bryce Bonnin, who bookended the rotation, return, as does righthander Clayton Beeter, a Freshman All-American reliever. The Red Raiders will need to reload offensively and losing a program cornerstone like Jung is particularly challenging. But second baseman Brian Klein and outfielder/infielder Dylan Neuse return and Texas Tech has talented players ready to step into larger roles such as Max Marusak and Tanner O’Tremba. The Red Raiders will be the Big 12 favorites again next year, which should put them on track to at least host a regional, if not earn a top-eight seed and home-field advantage until the College World Series.

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Appleby Considering Texas Tech. Cleveland State guard Tyree Appleby is considering Texas Tech, and if there is an indication that DeShawn Corprew is most likely no longer part of the program, this would maybe be it. Appleby averaged 17 points a game and 5.6 assists, while shooting over 6 three-pointers a game. Want to stretch the floor with the new international three-point line? Get a guy who can shoot.

Moretti Added to Italy FIBA World Cup Team.

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Burks & Pehrson Join Staff. Aaron Burks and Preston Pehrson join the Texas Tech staff. Burks played for Boise State as a receiver was part of the Washington staff in some capacity (haven’t figured that out just yet) and you can follow him on Twitter at @ABurksTTU. Pehrson was most recently at Houston as a director of player personnel and before that he was at Navy and Georgia Tech. Pehrson played baseball, was even drafted way back in 2007, but played college baseball at Jacksonville, then Texas, and finishing at Towson. You can follow him on Twitter at @CoachPehrson

Miscellaneous . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo writes about how Texas Tech can win the Big 12 . . . AthlonSports ranks all 130 college football coaches and has Matt Wells at #60 . . .

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