The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: May 25th

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech, including a handful of awards for this Texas Tech baseball team and another preview of Texas Tech football.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr



Texas Tech Baseball Totally Kicks Tail in Big 12 Post Season Awards.

Eric Gutierrez is named as the Big 12 Player of the Year.

Gutierrez enters this week’s Big 12 Championship as the conference leader in RBI (51) and runs scored (49). He is also among the league leaders with 16 doubles as well as 12 home runs, seven of which that came during Big 12 play. Gutierrez led the Big 12 in conference-only games in home runs (7), RBI (23), total bases (62) and slugging percentage (.729).

Tim Tadlock is named as the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Tadlock, meanwhile, earned the second Coach of the Year honor in his tenure after leading the Red Raiders to their first Big 12 regular-season title since 1997. Tadlock, who was named the National Coach of the Year following the 2014 season, was a unanimous selection by his peers as he guided Tech to the fourth-best winning percentage in league games in conference history (19-4, .792).

Everyone stand up and clap because that’s a big flipping deal.

Freshman RHP Davis martin, OF Tanner Gardner and OF Stephen Smith were named on the first team with Gutierrez and LHP Steven Gingery, LHP Hayden Howard, OF Tyler Neslony and DH Cory Raley were on the second team. RHP Robert Dugger and 2B Michael Davis were honorable mention.

Holding Steady with No. 6 National Seed. D1Baseball still has Texas Tech as the No. 6 seed nationally and hosting with Wright State, Rice and Oral Roberts in the regional.



Previewing Texas Tech. Campus Insiders’ Pete Fiutak previews Texas Tech and it’s a good preview. The only thing I’d add is that Fiutak says that Texas Tech’s will have a successful season if the Red Raiders have a 9 win season. I’d be over the moon for a 9 win season and successful would be 7 wins, particuarly with a really young defense.

It’s a nine-win season. The Red Raiders had back-to-back eight-win seasons in 2012 and 2013, and hasn’t hit the nine-win mark since 2009. It might take a bowl game to get to nine again, but with winnable home games against Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Kansas, and with six home games in the first nine games, there’s a chance to get off to a big start. It’ll take some road upsets to get there, but it’s time for the Kliff Kingsbury era to kick it into high gear.

Baylor Mess. I’ll make it short and sweet.


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