Ehi, we’re almost there!
On February 15th, the baseball team will begin its season hosting Oregon at Dan Law Field for a four-game series. This will be the first step of a three-month regular season that will end on May 18th, always in Lubbock, with the last game against TCU.
Coach Tim Tadlock went big for his players and built a remarkable schedule including many schools that had an impressive 2018.
Let’s start with the Big 12.
The conference sent five out of nine teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 (Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas, that reached the College World Series) and seems to be loaded with talent again in 2019.
D1baseball.com included five Big 12 teams in its Preseason Top 25, with the Red Raiders at no. 3, the Bears at no. 15, the Cowboys at no. 18, the Horned Frogs at no. 19, and the Longhorns at no. 23. So, Tech won’t have an easy road back to Omaha.
In addition, Texas Tech will face another team that went to Omaha last year in Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will be one of the four teams attending the 2019 Frisco College Baseball Classic, alongside the Red Raiders, Nebraska, and Sam Houston State.
Do you think it’s enough?
Not exactly, as Texas Tech will face other teams that made the NCAA tournament in New Mexico State (two mid-week games along the season), San Diego State, Stetson, and Duke (one game in Durham).
So, life won’t be easy in 2019. But if you want to be the best, you have to show it.