Tech-UT: Horns try to stop Sunday struggles

By Glenn Tanner - April 15, 2007

So far, Texas Tech (22-15, 5-8 Big XII) has had a miserable weekend in Austin, losing 7-2 Friday and 10-1 yesterday.

Frankly, I can empathize.

Friday night's game was halted by a ridiculous storm, with wind blowing so hard that there wasn't a dry spot in the stadium in spite of the large roof covering the grandstand. Even though I sprinted all the way to the parking lot after the game, by the time I got to my car I looked like I had fallen in a lake.

The weather almanac will record the high in Austin yesterday at something around 58 degrees. But Disch-Falk is Texas' version of Candlestick Park, a place where it's seemingly much colder than everywhere else in the area. And with steady north winds blasting at 20-30 mph for all yesterday's game, everyone on press row was openly rooting for outs yesterday. Quick outs. For both teams.

Today, however, the weather is perfect. Temps are in the high 60's, the winds are calm, and you couldn't find a cloud if you needed one. Maybe this turn in the weather will cause a change in Tech's play.

Another thing going in Tech's favor is the Longhorns' Sunday struggles this season. Texas is only 4-5 on Sundays, compared to 26-5 on the other days of the week. That Sunday funk has been a total team effort -- the offense has averaged only 5.7 runs per game on Sundays and nearly eight runs otherwise; the team ERA on Sundays is 4.56 and well under three on other days.

Tech's starter today will be senior Colt Hynes (2-3, 4.89 ERA). (Is that a great name or what?) The lefty will be making his ninth start of the season, and his results have been mixed. He tossed a wonderful 11-K, no-walk complete game in a 4-1 win over TCU on March 11, but he lasted only 3.1 innings in his last start against Baylor on March 30. Hynes is a control pitcher, with only eight walks in 57 innings, but opposing hitters have batted .305 against him.

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Texas will give Joe Krebs (4-0, 3.58 ERA in 52.2 innings) his fifth start of the year. In those starts, Krebs has a decent 4.58 ERA, but opposing hitters have stung him for a .351 batting average.

The other story line is Texas slugger Kyle Russell's home run record chase. Russell tied the Longhorns' single-season homer record with his 20th bomb last Saturday, but is homerless so far this weekend. With the Longhorns' next four games on the road, today is maybe his last chance to break the record in front of the home crowd.

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Posted by Glenn Tanner at 01:41 PM on April 15, 2007

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