Texas Tech Baseball Breaks Into the National Rankings After Series Win Over #3 Indiana
The Texas Tech Red Raider baseball team opened their season this past weekend in exciting fashion as they took three of four games against the #3 ranked Indiana Hoosiers. With the wins, head coach Tim Tadlock and company are now currently ranked in two national top 30 polls as National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball have ranked the Red Raiders 28th and 30th, respectively.
The Red Raiders fell in the season opener 1-0, but would bounce back on Saturday and Sunday with a 10-5 game two win, 6-2 victory in game three, and a 7-0 shutout in the series finale on Sunday. Coach Tadlock's pitching staff was really the difference in the series as they tallied a 1.25 ERA in 36 innings of work while seven of the nine pitchers who saw action have an ERA below 2.00.
Their were numerous players that started the season off well at the plate during their opening weekend, including sophomore infielder/outfielder Eric Gutierrez (.500, .647 OB%), sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony (.444, HR, 6 RBI, 1.111 SLG%), junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot (.467, 3 RBI, 1.000 fielding %) and junior second baseman Bryant Burleson (.400, 4 2B, .667 SLG%) to name a few.
The team will look to build off this early momentum as they start a three game series with Oral Roberts on Friday. First pitch for the Brooks Wallace Memorial Series is set for 2pm from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.