The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 15th

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech, including lots of baseball links, an update on the Eric Ward situation and much more.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr


Lady Raider Basketball

Visit with Coach Sharp. Well, this is super cool. The Lady Raider basketball team went to Marsha Sharp’s home to present and learn about Lady Raider basketball history. There’s a good video there at the link.

The team was divided up into groups and each group made a presentation about a decade of Lady Raider Basketball. Each group spoke about former Lady Raiders, attendance, NCAA Tournament appearances, the fans, and other fun facts involving their decade. All eyes were on Coach Sharp as she awed everyone with stories from seasons past. Speaking about events from early on in her career to the 1993 National Championship season to stories about Coach Whitaker, Coach Sharp commanded the room.

The Lady Raiders left with a better understanding of what it means to wear the Double T and be a Lady Raider. This is a first in a series of team activities that the Lady Raiders will participate in throughout the summer concluding with their Foreign Tour to Portugal and Spain in August.



Visit from Luke Siegel.

Help Send Bat Boy to Omaha. Via KCBD has a story on the bat boy for the Texas Tech baseball team, Cosby Carmichael, who is too young to be on the field with the baseball team and as a result of not being able to travel with the team, his family has to pay for it out of their own pocket. You can donate at FirstBank & Trust if you want to help.

Ten Drafted.

Five Things About Each Team. Via the NCAA, they’ve got a list of five things on every team in the College World Series, here’s some of the things on Texas Tech:

Players to Watch: Pitchers Robert Dugger, Davis Martin and Hayden Howard each have an ERA below 3.00 and have won a combined 24 games. The Red Raiders will live and die by their pitching staff.

Game of the Year: In early April, Texas Tech completed their first sweep of a ranked conference opponent on the road. The final game of the series against Oklahoma State was the most exciting for the Raiders. Tech run ruled the Cowboys 15-5 in seven after scoring nine runs in the first four innings.

Smith Talks College World Series. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about Stephen Smith’s journey to the College World Series and the fact that he has previously been to the Little League World Series:

Although it has only been two years between Tech’s two trips to Omaha, Smith notices a maturity about himself and his game that stands out compared to his freshman campaign.

“Having experience has helped me,” Smith said. “All the guys in the locker room have confidence in me. That’s what’s helped me is them having confidence.”

He’s hitting .318, better than his .287 two years ago and as the leadoff batter for the Red Raiders, Smith sets the tone both with his power and patience at the plate.

Smith’s 10 home runs are good for second on the team, and he leads the team with 45 walks.


70 Inch Box Jump. Incoming freshman Douglas Coleman.

Ward Had Exchange with Wichita Falls AD. This is a weird story, one that former Red Raider footballer took to Facbook to call out the Wichita Falls AD Scot Hafley after Hafley cussed out Ward for utilizing an athletic field, which Ward had permission to use. You can red the whole story from the Times Record News, but essentially Ward received permission to use the field from head coach Marc Bindel, when Hafley approached Ward, he told Ward to get off his effing field.


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