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Tech Baseball Honored With All-Big XII Predictions

As the baseball season gets closer, Red Raiders get honored with preseason awards.

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We're getting closer to a sports season with high expectations, baseball season. The Red Raiders made it all the way to the CWS in 2014, and were ranked #5 in the nation going into 2015. They didn't live up to expectations, but with the schedule they had and the difficulty of the Big XII conference it wasn't much of a surprise. 2016 should hopefully be a big season for the Red Raiders, who are led by many preseason honorees.

According to "Perfect Game", the 25th-ranked Red Raiders have two preseason all-Big XII performers in 1B Eric Gutierrez and utility player Cory Raley. Gutierrez made it up to #25 in Perfect Game's top 100 seniors, beating out teammate Tyler Nelsony, who ranked at 39.

Perfect Game has the Red Raiders finishing 4th in the top-heavy conference, picked to finish below favorite Oklahoma State, TCU, and Oklahoma. The key to upsetting these teams lies with several of the players mentioned by the preseason rankings. If Texas Tech is to have an outstanding season, it will hinge heavily on the leadership of it's seniors in specific and it's upperclassmen in general.

Texas Tech opens it's season with a 4 game series against Milwaukee in Lubbock that begins on Friday 19th of February and will last until Sunday the 21st.