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The Morning Stake: March 27th

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That’s another sweep and 8 in a row as Tim Tadlock and his merry crew of Red Raiders sweep Wichita State. That link has recaps for all three games as well as links to each of the box scores. There was no highlights or video of the entire series even though the series was on ESPN3.

Texas Tech faces Texas Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday and then travel to Norman to take on the Sooners, who are 23-5 on the year and 2-1 in the Big 12.

Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill profiled Tanner Gardner, how he pulled out of his early season slump to bat nearly .300 for the year:

“Just play through it has been my mentality,” he said. “I have a bunch of positive guys in the locker room that have kept my spirits up. It’s just the grind of the game we play and the game that we love.”

Coach Tim Tadlock said he thought Gardner’s start to the season was probably the worst stretch of his baseball career. But for a player with his ability to impact the game in several ways, it was only a matter of time before his bat came around.

“From the day Tanner set foot on campus, we thought he’d hit in the middle of the order,” Tadlock said. “So he’s always been able to hit. He’s really stuck his nose in there and dug in, not making it all about results, just making it about winning and playing good baseball.”

Texas Tech Football

IYMI, I did the best I could without seeing the scrimmage, rounding up the stories from the scrimmage, all of the tweets that featured highlights and this morning, I posted the Jah’Shawn Johnson mic’d up segment, which I highly recommend.

CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli lists the top five hottest coaching seats and Kliff Kingsbury is third:

Kingsbury enters his fifth season in Lubbock with an overall record of 24-26 and a Big 12 record of 13-23. The Red Raiders have made only two bowl games in his first four seasons, and while they’ve scored plenty of points, they’ve given up a lot more.

Another mediocre season could see Texas Tech deciding it needs to head in a different direction.


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