2016 has started off very well for the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team. Very few outside of Lubbock expected Texas Tech to make waves at the Shriner's College Classic in Houston, especially after a disappointing 2015 campaign that saw the Red Raiders enter the season at #5 and fall in the loser's bracket of the Big XII tournament. The strong showing this season has already earned the Red Raiders some respect, as now they will be back in Houston in 2017.
Texas Tech arguably had the best weekend at the Classic, going 2-1 in the tournament. Texas Tech upset #9 Houston 3-2, #6 Louisiana Lafayette 3-2, and ultimately fell to the #18 ranked Razorbacks 10-6 after Arkansas erased a 5-0 first inning deficit.
Texas Tech will not be the only team back at the Shriner's College Classic, as the 2017 version will feature a Big XII - SEC showdown with Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech representing the Big XII and Ole Miss, LSU, and Texas A&M representing the SEC.
This presents a wealth of opportunities for the Red Raiders, as victories over the traditionally baseball adept SEC could spell big postseason things down the road. LSU in particular has a historically dominant baseball program, and Ole Miss and Texas A&M are certainly nothing to sneeze at as well.
Things are looking up for the Red Raiders currently, despite having 2 losses in 2 very winnable games. There is a different feel about this team as opposed to last year's team, and I'm excited to see where it will take us.