The Morning Stake: Baseball to Play New Mexico; Raley Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week; Blackshear Returns to Lubbock

In the Morning Stake: Baseball takes on New Mexico for a one game series; Corey Raley is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week; Blackshear returns to Lubbock.

Baseball to take on New Mexico. In a one-game mid-week series, the Texas Tech will take on New Mexico in a one-game series today at 2:00 pm and the Red Raiders will return the favor and play in New Mexico in Albuquerque next week. I won’t throw up an open thread for the game, so you can just comment here.

Raley Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. Congrats to Corey Raley who was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week! Raley was/is on fire, and the biggest reason the offense is doing much of anything:

Raley paced the Red Raiders last week in five games batting .391 (9-for-23) with five runs, two doubles, a triple, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base with a .417 on-base percentage and .565 slugging percentage.

He had three straight three-hit performances going 3-for-6 with a double against Oral Roberts, going 3-for-5 with three runs, a triple and a stolen base against the Golden Eagles in game two and opening Tech’s series at Oklahoma going 3-for-4 with a run, double and two RBI leading Tech a series-opening 6-1 victory in Norman.

Blackshear Returns to Lubbock. Via, KTRE, former Red Raider footballer Rodney Blackshear is returning to Lubbock to coach Trinity Christian High School. Blackshear was most recently at Texas College. Here’s Blackshear:

“I’ve been working on getting back to Lubbock for a few years now,” Blackshear said. “This opportunity when I heard about it, I talked to some of my former teammates who have kids here. I knew it was a great school. They have great tradition as far as winning basketball, volleyball boys and girls. It’s a perfect fit for me.”

Trinity Christian just played their first official varsity season of football and while they went winless, Blackshear knows it’s not about him.

“It’s still about the kids though. I can go out and talk about all the things I’ve done, but that won’t help us win games. You got to go out and teach those kids how to be winners. Again, they have the mentality already based on being here. We just have to find a way to get these kids to gel together and start this program out the right way.”

Miscellaneous. Via RaiderPower, this is a short article about how Texas Tech is talking with Midland’s Traver Vliem (6-4/240). No offer just yet and the coaches want Vliem to weigh in around 260 and 270 and play the three-technique defensive tackle . . .

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