Texas Tech righthander Chad Bettis, projected to go in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft, will serve a four-game suspension for his actions last weekend in a game against Baylor. Bettis drilled Baylor's Gregg Glime with his first pitch after giving up a home run and immediately was ejected in Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Bears, and his suspension was automatic under NCAA rules. The Big 12 Conference upheld Bettis' suspension.
His absence shouldn't have a great effect on Bettis' draft status, however. The 6-foot-1 righthander has 10 saves and is 6-4, 4.71 in 78 innings. He's struck out 92 while walking 33 but has allowed 90 hits.
Losing Bettis and Jay Johnson (suspended for one game) could have a big effect on Texas Tech's regional chances, though. The Red Raiders will be in much better shape for an at-large bid with a series win against Nebraska, and now they'll be without their top pitcher and a useful reliever in Johnson, who is 3-4, 7.92 with 46 strikeouts (and 43 walks) in 50 innings.
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