The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.05.01

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


Congrats to softball’s Karli Hamilton for being named the Big 12 Player of the Week (official site):

Hamilton, a Houston native, went 7-for-9 at the plate with a three-run home run, two walks and a stolen base during Tech’s three-game sweep at Kansas. Her .778 average and .818 on-base percentage led the conference in week 12, while her five runs scored were tied for the league lead and her 1.111 slugging percentage came in at third.

Further congrats to Sabrina Federici and Sara Dvorak for receiving All-Big 12 Tournament honors from this weekend (official site) Don’t forget that the women’s selection show is at 4:00 p.m. and the men are at 4:30 p.m.

The men’s track and field remains at No. 2 and the women may have moved up a spot to No. 18 (Twitter).

Softball will be at home one more time to take on Abilene Christian this evening at 6:00 p.m. (official site).

Lady Raider Basketball

That’s two commitments today for Marlene Stollings and the Lady Raiders. Well, technically, Clarendon Junior College point guard Mia Castaneda (5’6″) actually signed with Texas Tech yesterday (official site) after averaging 19.2 points per game as a freshman and 15.8 points a game as a sohomore. Casteneda is originally from Hereford, so she’s as West Texas as it gets.

And then later yesterday, San Jacinto College point guard Eryka Sidney (5’6″) also committed (Eryka Sidney @ Twitter) and she averaged 17 points a game, nearly 4 boards and over 4 assists a game while shooting 38% from the three-point line. Yeah, Stollings is after it.

Texas Tech Baseball

The baseball team is in action today against San Diego, first pitch is at 2:00 p.m. at Dan Law Field (official site). Freshman Ryan Sublette will get the start again and the Toros are 20-24 on the year.

D1Baseball has Texas Tech dropping to No. 9 in their top 25 as did BaseballAmerica.

Texas Tech Basketball

It’s officially official.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. talked with South Dakota guard Matt Mooney and his visit to Texas Tech that is set to start today:

β€œIt should be fun to get out there,” said Mooney, who visited Creighton and Northwestern last weekend as part of his top three list. β€œI expected to meet great people and see great facilities on all of my official visits. I know it’s going to be nice.

β€œWhat I’m interested in doing is meeting the players and seeing how I interact with them, how they do workouts and player development. I want to see what the program is all about and get a good feel for it.”

Texas Tech Football

Cal running back Tre Watson is down to three schools, Texas Tech, Texas and LUS (Tre Watson @ Twitter).

NFL’s Chad Reuter has the best spots for undrafted NFL free agents and writes that Nic Shimonek is in the 8th best position:

8) Nic Shimonek, QB, Chargers
College: Texas Tech
The skinny: Yes, he’s an Air Raid quarterback, but Shimonek has the mental acumen to run an NFL offensive effectively, which is an underrated quality of a young backup. He also has the physical ability to move the ball at the next level. I think he has a chance to beat out Geno Smith for a roster spot.


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