LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball team resumed preparations for the 2019 season Friday afternoon with its first team practice inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders, coming off their third appearance in the College World Series in the last five years, have three weeks to prepare before facing Oregon on Feb. 15. Tech begins the season with an eight-game home stand with four games against the Ducks, three against Kentucky and a midweek tilt with New Mexico State.
Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock returns 16 letterwinners from a 2018 squad that went 45-20, including 15-9 in the Big 12 on its way to a No. 9 national seed. It was Tech's third-consecutive 45-plus win season and the third-straight year Tech was named a national seed by the NCAA Selection Committee.
The 2019 campaign marks the seventh under Tadlock, who owns a 239-132 record in Lubbock, and the 70th season of Texas Tech baseball.
Tech will start the year near the top of the polls, as the Red Raiders have been ranked as high as No. 3 by D1Baseball, which matches the 2018 squad for the highest preseason ranking in program history. Tech has been slotted in the top-five in four out of five preseason polls and in the top-10 in all five polls.
Headlining a star-studded group of returners are All-American third baseman Josh Jung, Freshman All-American and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Gabe Holt and All-Big 12 First Team pitcher Caleb Kilian.
For the fifth-consecutive season, season tickets are officially sold out for the 2019 season. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Jan. 28, at 8:30 a.m. For questions or to purchase tickets, visit TexasTech.com or call 806-742-TECH.