The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: June 16th

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Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech, including an update from the satellite camp in Longview yesterday.

Photo via Kimberly Vardeman @ Flickr

Lady Raider Basketball

Checking in on the Offseason.


15th Nationally in Attendance.

Tadlock Nominated for Skip Bertman Award Finalist.

Tanner Gardner and Eric Gutierrez Named to ABCA All-Region First Team.

Floyd Excels. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about catcher Tyler Floyd, who has a cannon for an arm and has helped lead Texas Tech from behind the plate:

In Game 1, after gunning down a runner trying to steal second in the second inning, Floyd fielded a bunt in front of the plate and fired to Orlando Garcia at shortstop to retire the lead runner. A day later, Floyd caught strike three and beamed a throw to second to catch a runner trying to swipe second for one of Texas Tech’s seven double plays on the weekend.

“I had a former pitcher here the other night and he said, ‘Man, you just keep finding those catchers who can catch,’” Tech coach Tim Tadlock said. “He made a comment and said, ‘They’re not always the flashiest guys but they can catch. That’s the best pitcher that ever threw for me. I thought it was a great compliment for Tyler.”

Neslony Heats Up. Also from LAJ’s Pirtle, outfielder Tyler Neslony is heating up at the plate:

The senior entered last weekend’s super regional series against East Carolina hitting .308.

He finished hitting .314 after going 5-for-12 (.417) throughout the weekend.

“I was just swinging at my pitch and not chasing whatever the pitchers were throwing,” Neslony said. “That’s what we’re all trying to do. Fortunately some of the balls I hit landed. That’s how the game is.”

Neslony’s performance against the Pirates — with five runs scored, six RBIs, four doubles, a home run and a pair of walks — earned him the Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Week.


Texas Tech Visits Beast Texas. If you want to be cool, you’ll refer to East Texas as Beast Texas and Texas Tech was in Beast Texas yesterday. ETSN’s Mike Graham and News-Journal’s George Whitley recap the day. Here’s Kingsbury from Graham’s article, talking about Texas Tech:

In fact, just a few hours before the camp in Longview began, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football revealed the summer edition of its magazine will mainly feature Mahomes and Kingsbury on the cover.

“That’s a great word any time it’s around your quarterback,” Kingsbury said when the word ‘Heisman’ came up along with the cover during his media session. “Last year, statistically, you look at the numbers, what he did was phenomenal. All-time type numbers. I have a feeling they’ll be much better. I have a feeling we’ll be a better team. We’ll see how that shakes out.”

And from the Whitley article:

“I think they do have some value. But with the number we’re having due to the new ruling this summer, we’ve kind of got a flooded market right now,” said the coach.

“We’ve had some kids in East Texas go off to play at Texas Tech based on these camps. It does have value and a chance for some kids to get recognized. If it’s going to benefit one kid, I think it’s worth it for everybody.”

#1 Transfer. Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown ranks the top transfers this year and Davis Webb is #1:

Webb’s transfer recruitment sparked plenty of confusion. In January, he decided he’d transfer to Colorado after graduating. But he backtracked on the decision and picked Cal, where he’ll be the clear favorite to replace No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. It’s a logical choice, as Webb’s Texas Tech background should allow him to fit easily into the Golden Bears’ offense under Sonny Dykes. The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Webb has NFL potential, and in his Texas Tech career he completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 5,557 yards with 46 TDs and 22 INTs, starting 14 games in 2013-14. Cal has big hurdles to climb with its six leading receivers — all of whom had at least 40 catches — gone, but at least it has an experienced and talented QB to lean on.

Three More Women File Title IX Lawsuits. Via ESPN’s Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach, three more women have filed Title IX lawsuits against Baylor:

The woman in Wednesday’s lawsuit who reported the assault involving the football player said she went to a university physician two days after the incident, and the physician “misinformed Jane Doe 1 and concealed from Jane Doe 1 as to her options to further report the incident,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit stated that she also reported the alleged assault to the Baylor campus advocacy center during final exams, but the university did not provide her any assistance, and she was “left to cope with the situation alone and in fear.”

It states that she would see her alleged assailant at football games, would become upset and would be forced to leave. Stress caused her to perform poorly in her classes, the suit says, and she lost her academic scholarship and dropped out after fall 2015.


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