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Monday Morning Matador: drafts, awards and legends will rise

With baseball’s exit from the College World Series, we’re all counting down days until football.

There’s nothing like a heat index of 105, dust in the wind, and a blazing sunshine to remind you how much you miss the Fall. With baseball concluding their season in Omaha, Tech athletics takes a small hiatus from competition until August. Let’s look at a small recap of this past week in athletics.

Baseball falls to Florida, exits College World Series

The Red Raiders finished their season at 45-20 after a loss against the Florida Gators. The loss pushed Tech to 2-6 all-time at the CWS, but still one of only three schools in the country to earn three appearances in over the last five years. Four Red Raiders finished the night with multi-hit bids at the plate, as senior Zach Rheams, junior Cameron Warren and sophomores Josh Jung & Brian Klein all had two knocks in the game. Finishing the season with 45 wins marks the second consecutive year and fourth time in five seasons Tech has done so. The 2018 campaign marked the third time in five years Tech secured a trip to the College World Series in Omaha.

Some Red Raiders confirmed to the pros are: Michael Davis (Minnesota Twins), Ryan Shetter (Atlanta Braves), Ty Harpenau (Atlanta Braves), Grant Little (San Diego Padres), and Dylan Dusek (San Francisco Giants).

Men’s basketball sends three to the pros

This past week was the NBA draft and Texas Tech had three athletes head to the next level of competition. For the first time since 1997 Texas Tech had a first round draft pick in Zhaire Smith going to the 76ers, making him the second player in program history to be selected in the first round. Tony Battie was chosen with the fifth overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in 1997. Next, Keenan Evans was selected to the Golden State Warriors’ summer league team where he will play against similar talent he was exposed to in college in the hopes of rising to the regular-season roster. Another Red Raider taken in a similar fashion was Zach Smith to the Atlanta Hawks’ summer league team. Evans and Smith look to begin their seasons soon while Zhaire will be working hard in the weight room preparing for the regular season.

The legend of Tre King grows

This past week, the football twitter account released a feature on running back no. 24 Tre King that previews a piece of what playing football for Texas Tech means to him. King stands as the possible starter for the upcoming season, ahead of Da’Leon Ward and Demarcus Felton but by no means has the spot locked down. If King is going to be the face of the Red Raider backfield, he’s going to be working hard for it—but something tells me that’s exactly what he came here for.

44 student-athletes named to Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

This pas Thursday, Texas Tech Athletics landed 44 student-athletes Thursday on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, honoring conference athletes who were new freshmen at their respective institution. Of the 44 student-athletes recognized, Tech had three nominated with perfect 4.00 grade-point averages. Breanna Russell (softball), Haley Harman (volleyball) and Emerson Solano (volleyball) all earned 4.0 merits. Other standout players like Gabe Holt, Zhaire Smith, Jarrett Culver, Jack Anderson and more made this All-Big 12 Rookie Team for the 2017-18 year.

Only nine more Mondays until kickoff against Ole Miss!