Tech-UT: Eat your heart out, Etheridge

By Glenn Tanner - April 15, 2007

At the end of four innings, Texas and Texas Tech are tied 1-1 in an extremely fast-moving game.

And check out this weather.

In the third, Texas broke through first. Nine-hole hitter Michael Demperio singled, stole second, and scored on Jordan Danks' double.

Texas pitcher Joe Krebs had cruised through the Red Raider order the first time, allowing only a leadoff double in the first, but the Zorro sticks got to him in the fourth. Doug Thennis reached on an error, moved to second on a grounder, and scored on Matt Smith's single. Krebs stranded two runners in scoring position to end the inning.

Texas nearly countered in the fourth. The Horns loaded the bases on a walk, an error, and a HBP, but Colt Hynes escaped by getting a backward K and a pop out.

Because the Longhorns' first three hitters in the lineup (Danks, Kyle Russell, and Chance Wheeless) are lefties, it would seem that Texas would struggle with left-handed pitching. Tech threw lefty Josh Scofield yesterday and gave lefty Colt Hynes a surprise start today.

Check the stats, though. Texas is batting .352 versus lefties this season and only .319 against righties. While some of that success has been due to right-handed hitters such as Preston Clark and Nick Peoples mashing lefties, a lot of the credit has to go to Danks (.375 vs. lefties) and Wheeless (.388) for wearing out southpaws. Russell (.277) is not so bad, either.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 03:10 PM on April 15, 2007

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