LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 2 Texas Baseball sent 48 batters to the plate who got 21 hits and 12 runs, yet Texas Tech won 16-12 by sending 38 batters to the plate who produced 13 hits and 16 runs.
Yes, Texas Baseball has a major hitting problem, even after a 21 hit game, that has been exposed in several of the previous losses. The word ‘problem’ may not be the best word to say considering the bats of Ivan Melendez, Douglass Hodo III, Trey Faltine, Eric Kennedy. Maybe the word ‘situation’ is a better way to put it.
The losing ‘situation’ may be potentially fixed by a slight adjustment to the batting order. When you look at how many runners were left on base (LOB) by Texas, there is a trend that points to the bottom part of the lineup where most of the LOB’s appear. There is not one player or order, but just in the general vicinity of the bottom part of the batting order.
Texas Baseball left on base (LOB) for each loss this season
What if Eric Kennedy or Ivan Melendez, not both, batted seventh or eighth?
Texas has been mixing up the pitching mound at times rotating up to eight pitchers in a game. It would be interesting to see what might happen if the batting order was mixed up a little, smartly.
No. 2 Texas plays Texas Tech for the third in the series up in Lubbock, TX Mar. 27 at 2 p.m.