In this Morning’s Stake: One of our own writers is featured on NBC Sports; Texas Tech and Arizona agree to a home-and-home; baseball loses to New Mexico; and Lady Raider transfers.
Travis Makes the Big Time. We lead off with something incredibly special and awesome. Our very own Travis Hale wrote a feature article for NBC Sports, The Comfort of Feeling Small, a look at the city of San Antonio as the Spurs gear up for another playoff run. Let’s all congratulate Travis. This has been a long time in the making and it is an incredibly huge accomplishment for Travis.
It’s Official, Texas Tech and Arizona. Per the official site it was made officially-official as Texas Tech agreed to a home-and-home football series with Arizona on September 14, 2019 in Tucson and September 19, 2020 in Lubbock.
Texas Tech Falls to New Mexico (Again). This is not good. Texas Tech fell to New Mexico in the lone mid-week game this week, 6-5 (recap — the box score at the recap takes you to a Kansas game). Texas Tech is now 18-11 on the year and with TCU coming up this weekend, Texas Tech has to start putting together some wins.
Quinn Carpenter gave Texas Tech a pretty good start considering the circumstances, going 3 innings and not allowing a run, but Parker Mushinski gave up 4 runs in 0.2 innings and Dalton Brown struggled in relief of Mushinski as brown gave up the winning runs in his 2.0 innings of work. Anthony Lyons was 2-3 for the day, driving in 3 runs, and Stephen Smith was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Just to note, Tim Proudfoot got the day off as Orlando Garcia started at shortstop.
Lady Raider Transfers and Transferees. I missed this last week and I apologize for this as Texas Tech announced that Minta Spears and Courtney Vaccher have decided to transfer away from Texas Tech. However, Texas Tech will have incoming Indiana freshman Taylor Agler (who will have to sit out a year) will transfer to Texas Tech, but he will have to sit out this next year. Agler averaged almost 8 points a game as a true freshman.
Karns to Start Day 2 for Rays. Former Texas Tech baseballer Nathan Karns is set to start the second game of the year for the Tampa Bay Rays:
“He’s been a real bright spot in camp,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Karnsy has gone out it seems like every outing and has been very consistent. He manages different situations on the mound really well, and he’s improved on the things we’ve asked him to improve on from day one. … He’s kind of taken on the challenge and exceeded it.”
Kilgo Named Big 12 Player of the Week! Congrats to women’s tennis player Kenna Kilgo who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week!
You Get a Transfer. You Get a Transfer. Someone was asking the other day if transfers were just something that happened to Texas Tech and the men’s team or was this pretty common and the answer is that transfers happen in huge numbers for basketball teams. Without a redshirt year for most of these guys, they feel like they have a year that they can sit out without affecting their years that they are eligible.
Miscellaneous. I did a short recap of Texas Tech’s spring game for Land Grant Gauntlet for you all to check out . . . ESPN does one of those mailbags as someone asked about Texas Tech stopping Arkansas . . . this is a bit weird as former Texas Tech footballer Michael Brewer is not practicing with the team and his teammates don’t know why he’s not practicing . . . also from ESPN has a recap of each Big 12’s pro days . . .