Texas Tech Red Raiders news: Baseball drilled by ASU, a football position switch, more

Life continues to be rough for the Texas Tech baseball team, the golf team will play for a National Championship, and Grant McCasland works with USA Basketball.
Texas Tech’s TJ Pompey swings at the ball against Oklahoma in game two of their Big 12 conference
Texas Tech’s TJ Pompey swings at the ball against Oklahoma in game two of their Big 12 conference / Olivia Raymond/For the Avalanche-Journal

Here is your Texas Tech Red Raiders news roundup for May 17, 2024

Texas Tech baseball continues to struggle

To open the final weekend of the regular season, the Texas Tech baseball team's recent struggles continued on Thursday night in Arizona. In a 21-5 loss to Arizona State, the Red Raiders' current losing streak grew to six games. What's more, the Red Raiders have now lost ten of their last 11 games with the lone win in that time coming at home against UT Rio Grande Valley.

Against the Sun Devils, Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a double from Cade McGee. However, the Sun Devils would score the next 11 runs in the game with two in the first, six in the second, and three in the third. After that, Tech would plate one run in the fourth before ASU hung a five-spot on the board to blow the game wide open.

The game was called after the top of the seventh inning due to the NCAA run rule. Tech now drops to just 30-23 on the season and 6-14 away from home. It appears that barring a major run in next weekend's Big 12 Tournament, the Red Raiders are going to miss out an NCAA Tournament bid this year, a major disappointment for such a proud baseball program.

Grant McCasland to work with USA Basketball

Next week, Texas Tech basketball head coach Grant McCasland will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work with USA Basketball as the under-18 national team holds training camp. Over 30 players will be vying for one of the 12 spots on the national U18 team.

McCasland will not be one of the four on-court assistant coaches for the U18 AmeriCup event in June. Those will be Justin Gray (Coastal Carolina University), Ben McCollum (Drake University), Josh Schertz (St. Louis University), and Jon Scheyer (Duke University). The head coach for Team USA is Tommy Lloyd (University of Arizona).

New Texas Tech football transfer changes positions

Thursday we discussed the transfer of Mikal Harrison-Pilot from Houston to Texas Tech. The redshirt freshman-to-be played receiver for the Cougars in 2023 accumulating no stats.

Now it is being reported that the speedy player is going to be switching to the defensive side of the ball for Texas Tech. RedRaiderSports.com is one of many outlets reporting on X that Harrison-Pilot will be playing defensive back while at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech golf punches ticket to NCAA Championships

This week, the Texas Tech golf team earned a spot in the NCAA Championships. Ranked No. 14 in the nation, the Red Raiders shot 11-under-par 277 in Wednesday's final round of the Baton Rouge Regional to secure their spot.

For the event, Tech finished third overall by shooting an 8-under-par 856 as a team. They were one of five teams to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships to be played in California May 24-29. It is the fourth straight year that the Red Raiders will be heading to the NCAA Championships.