Sunday, May 13, 2007

I just finished listening to this afternoon's Oklahoma State-Texas Tech baseball game, a 10-0 run-rule-shortened seven-inning win for the Cowboys. Two lenghty streaks are still active; to borrow a line from I Love Lucy, one of these streaks is "swell" and the other is "lousy."

The "swell" streak is that of Oklahoma State's Ty Wright, who got a hit in his 27th straight game. Even though this streak is the second-longest in school history, it is highly unlikely Wright will ever approach the longest one. As noted by the OSU athletics site after Saturday's game: "Robin Ventura holds the school and NCAA record with a 58-game streak in 1987." Ventura, of course, enjoyed a long major-league career after his college days with the Cowboys.

The "lousy" streak consists of 21 straight scoreless innings by Texas Tech. I'll have to do some research to find out how long it's been since the Red Raiders put up so many zeroes, but it's probably been a long time. College baseball, in general, seems to be pretty high-scoring and, despite some recent lean years, Texas Tech has had a good program.

[UPDATE: This article on today's game from the Texas Tech athletics site notes that the last time the Red Raiders have suffered two straight shutouts was in 2004. Further research reveals that Texas Tech drew blanks twice on April 3, 2004 against the University of Texas, 4-0 and 10-0 (season archive). The Red Raiders' scoreless streak did not exceed 18 innings, however, as they scored in the ninth inning of their previous game, against Texas A&M, and then put up five runs in the first inning of their next outing, a nonconference game against Howard Payne.]

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