The Morning Stake | 2021.01.29

The Big 12 released their preseason baseball poll and your Red Raiders are picked to finish 1st (first place votes in parentheses). This is the 4th straight year Texas Tech was picked to win the Big 12 by opposing coaches.

2021 Big 12 Conference Baseball Preseason Poll
1. Texas Tech (7) 63
2. TCU (1) 52
3. Texas (1) 46
4. Oklahoma State 42
5. Oklahoma 31
6. West Virginia 29
7. Kansas State 28
8. Baylor 25
9. Kansas 8

No longer with MLB, Richard Justice for Texas Monthly writes about how Texas is now a basketball state with a heavy emphasis on Texas Tech:

If you find a Texas Tech fan who thought Beard would still be in Lubbock two seasons after that high point, you’ve met a true believer. Having moved so much, though, Beard, unlike so many of his coaching brethren, understood that he had everything in needed right there on the South Plains. His commitment to remain in Lubbock when he could have had almost any open position, and Tech’s commitment to make him one of the country’s five-highest paid coaches—at an annual salary worth $4.43 million—speak volumes of the university’s ambitions to compete with blue-blood programs like Duke and North Carolina.

Red Raider Sports reports that Air Force utility back Nehemiah Martinez has transferred to Texas Tech. I couldn’t find where Martinez had any stats for the Falcons and here are his high school highlights.

Softball released their schedule, with 22 home games and 14 games between ranked teams:

“Softball this year is going to be fluid,” said Ward. “This is a great opportunity for us to practice controlling what we can control. We will be ready to play any and every chance we get. We are just excited for the opportunity to compete this year.”

Texas Tech will open its season Feb. 13 with a three-game series in San Marcos, Texas against Texas State.

Kirsten Davis and Cassie Hiatt were added to the MAC Hermann Trophy’s preseason watch list headed into the spring season, while it should be noted that Davis was picked by Racing Louisville FC in the NWSL draft, picked 13th overall, which is a tremendous honor.

Here are some tweets.

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