Notebook: Texas Tech Reigns SupremeAnalysis
AUSTIN, Texas — It could’ve been a statement weekend for the Texas Longhorns, but top-10 Texas Tech had other plans in mind to begin Big 12 play.
After beating rival Texas A&M earlier this week, the Longhorns entered the series against the Red Raiders breathing fire. They had already taken down the Aggies, and now they wanted to start league play with a statement series win over a red-hot Texas Tech club.
That didn’t happen. Tech won the series opener in close fashion on Friday night, and while lefthander Steven Gingery wasn’t his best early on Saturday, he settled in and put together another solid start in a series-clinching 2-1 win over the Longhorns.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in this contest, from Gingery and lefthanded reliever Jacob Patterson, to the play of shortstop Orlando Garcia. Meanwhile, on the Texas side of things, Cooper overcome some early command issues to have another strong start, and the Longhorns received a promising performance from a key reliever.
Let’s dive into the Red Raiders and Longhorns madness.
Texas Tech’s Gingery Settles In
• Texas Tech sophomore lefthander Steven Gingery was my pick for best pitcher in the Big 12 entering conference play, and while he wasn’t at his absolute best against the Longhorns, he got better as the game progressed. Gingery was a little iffy early in the game against the Longhorns. He walked UT leadoff hitter Travis Jones, got a ground out and then walked three-hole hitter Kacy Clemens to present his first big test of the day. Austin Todd then hit a ball back to Gingery, who then threw the ball to second base hoping to turn a double play and get out of the inning. Instead, he threw the ball into center field and Texas scored a run. UT had a chance to put more on the board, but Gingery resorted to his usual ways by getting out of the frame with a pair of strikeouts on high-quality changeups.
How’d Gingery do the rest of the way?
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