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Texas Tech Red Raiders
Founded: 1926
2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team
Texas Tech Red Raiders athletic logo

University Texas Tech University
Conference Big 12
Location Lubbock, TX
Head Coach Tim Tadlock (2nd year)
Home Stadium Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
(Capacity: 4,368)
Nickname Red Raiders
Colors

Scarlet and Black

            
College World Series Appearances
2014
NCAA Regional Champions
2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
SWC: 1995
Big 12: 1998
Conference Champions
SWC: 1995
Big 12: 1997

The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team represents Texas Tech University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference and plays at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

History[edit]

Early years (1926–1929)[edit]

The inaugural 1926 Texas Tech baseball team.

Behind football and men's basketball, baseball is the third oldest sport at Texas Tech. The initial team organized in 1925 and the first game, an 18–9 victory over West Texas State Teachers College, was played in 1926.[1] In the following game, the team suffered its first ever loss, 14–9 to the team it had previously defeated. The third game in the team's history—this one against Daniel Baker College—ended in a 3–3 tie after 11 innings.[2]

E. Y. Freeland was the first coach of the Red Raiders, though the team was known as the Matadors at the time. He remained in the position for three years before R. Grady Higginbotham took the role. Higginbotham coached for only two years.[1] From 1930 to 1953, Texas Tech did not field an intercollegiate baseball team.[2]

Revival era (1954–1986)[edit]

When the program returned in 1954, Beattie Feathers became the head coach of the Red Raiders and remained until 1960. He was followed by Berl Huffman (1961–1967), Kal Segrist (1968–1983), and Gary Ashby (1984–1986). During this time, the Red Raiders only had seven winning seasons. Texas Tech joined the Southwest Conference in 1968, but experienced little success. Through the 1986 season, the Red Raiders only finished as high as third in conference play twice, and had only three winning conference records.[1]

Larry Hays era (1987–2008)[edit]

Larry Hays took over the Red Raiders baseball team in 1987. Under Hays, Texas Tech endured only two losing seasons, his first and last, and enjoyed their greatest success in baseball. Hays took Texas Tech from having a losing tradition to being a national contender. When Hays started with the Red Raiders, the team's overall record stood at 550–576–5. By the time he left, he was the fourth-winningest coach is college baseball history and the team's record had improved to 1,365–1,054–8.[3] The Red Raiders reached eight straight NCAA tournaments from 1995–2002 and again in 2004, three of which were held at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.[4] They also won the 1995 Southwest Conference championship, and the inaugural Big 12 Conference championship in 1997. The Hays lead Red Raiders also won the SWC Tournament in 1995, and the Big 12 Tournament in 1998.[3]

Dan Spencer era (2009–2012)[edit]

On June 2, 2008, Larry Hays announced his retirement, paving the way for assistant coach Dan Spencer to take over. Spencer, a former Texas Tech player, won back-to-back national championships as an assistant head coach for the Oregon State Beavers.[5]

Tim Tadlock era (2013–present)[edit]

Tadlock was a starting shortstop for the Red Raiders during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. Tadlock previously lead the Grayson College Vikings to back-to-back NJCAA World Series championships in the team's five appearances over his 9 seasons as head coach.

In 2012, Tim Tadlock was hired as associate head coach for the Red Raiders under Dan Spencer. The following season saw Tadlock replace Spencer as the ninth head coach of the Red Raiders following Spencer's firing. Tadlock's first season saw the team finish 26–30, and 8th of 9 in Big 12 play. Prior to the 2014 season, the Red Raiders were selected to finish in 8th place in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason polls. In only his second season, the Red Raiders won their first NCAA Tournament Regional Championship, defeating the Columbia Lions and host team Miami Hurricanes to advance to the program's first Super Regional appearance.

The team would host the College of Charleston in the Super Regional round before shutting them out twice in two 1-0 games, earning the programs first birth in the College World Series on the back of a 0.65 post season earned run average produced by assistant coach Ray Hayward's pitching staff.[6]

Ballpark[edit]

Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in 2007


Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1926–1967)
1926 Ewing Y. Freeland 11–2–1
1927 Ewing Y. Freeland 4–9–1
1928 Grady Higginbotham 8–6
1929 Grady Higginbotham 2–11
No Team Fielded (1930–1953)
1954 Beattie Feathers 1–7–1
1955 Beattie Feathers 3–17
1956 Beattie Feathers 8–7
1957 Beattie Feathers 7–4
1958 Beattie Feathers 6–9
1959 Beattie Feathers 7–6
1960 Beattie Feathers 8–7
1961 Berl Huffman 13–5
1962 Berl Huffman 15–11
1963 Berl Huffman 12–10
1964 Berl Huffman 9–16
1965 Berl Huffman 7–16
1966 Berl Huffman 10–13
1967 Berl Huffman 14–16
Southwest Conference (1968–1996)
1968 Kal Segrist 9–20 2–15 7th
1969 Kal Segrist 13–13 9–6 3rd
1970 Kal Segrist 12–16–1 5–10 5th
1971 Kal Segrist 26–14 11–7 3rd
1972 Kal Segrist 23–19 6–12 T–5th
1973 Kal Segrist 12–16 6–10 T–6th
1974 Kal Segrist 11–21 9–15 T–8th
1975 Kal Segrist 22–23 9–15 6th
1976 Kal Segrist 32–21 10–11 6th
1977 Kal Segrist 25–24 12–12 5th
1978 Kal Segrist 23–25 8–16 7th
1979 Kal Segrist 16–23 9–15 6th
1980 Kal Segrist 28–23–1 14–10 4th SWC Tournament, L 1–2
1981 Kal Segrist 26–21 8–13 7th
1982 Kal Segrist 21–22 9–12 5th
1983 Kal Segrist 18–23 8–13 6th
1984 Gary Ashby 33–22 9–12 T–5th
1985 Gary Ashby 18–33 2–19 8th
1986 Gary Ashby 34–25 7–14 6th
1987 Larry Hays 21–28 7–14 6th
1988 Larry Hays 34–25–1 7–14 6th
1989 Larry Hays 32–22 9–12 T–4th
1990 Larry Hays 31–29 6–16 7th
1991 Larry Hays 42–18 9–12 7th
1992 Larry Hays 29–25 15–19 4th
1993 Larry Hays 43–15 11–7 T–2nd SWC Tournament, L 0–2
1994 Larry Hays 40–17 12–6 T–2nd SWC Tournament, L 2–2
1995 Larry Hays 51–14 16–8 1st SWC Tournament, W 3–1
NCAA Midwest I Regional, L 3–2
1996 Larry Hays 49–15 15–9 2nd SWC Tournament, L 3–2
NCAA Central II Regional, L 2–2
Big 12 Conference (1997–present)
1997 Larry Hays 46–14 23–7 1st Big 12 Tournament, L 3–2
NCAA Central Regional, L 0–2
1998 Larry Hays 44–20 18–11 3rd Big 12 Tournament, W 4–1
NCAA Atlantic I Regional, L 1–2
1999 Larry Hays 42–17 18–8 3rd Big 12 Tournament, L 0–2
NCAA Lubbock Regional, L 2–2
2000 Larry Hays 36–26 18–12 5th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA Houston Regional, L 1–2
2001 Larry Hays 43–20–1 19–10–1 2nd Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA Fullerton Regional, L 3–2
2002 Larry Hays 42–20 16–11 2nd Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA Houston Regional, L 1–2
2003 Larry Hays 30–25 8–18 9th
2004 Larry Hays 40–21 17–9 3rd Big 12 Tournament, L 0–2
NCAA Atlanta Regional, L 2–2
2005 Larry Hays 34–25 9–16 8th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
2006 Larry Hays 31–26–1 9–16–1 8th Big 12 Tournament, L 0–3
2007 Larry Hays 28–27 8–18 10th
2008 Larry Hays 25–30 9–18 T–9th
2009 Dan Spencer 25–32 12–15 7th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
2010 Dan Spencer 28–29 13–14 5th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
2011 Dan Spencer 33–25 12–15 7th Big 12 Tournament, L 0–2
2012 Dan Spencer 29–26 7–17 T–8th
2013 Tim Tadlock 26–30 9–15 8th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
2014 Tim Tadlock 45-19 14–10 4th Big 12 Tournament, L 0–2
NCAA Coral Gables Regional, W 3–1
NCAA Lubbock Super Regional, W 2–0
NCAA College World Series, 0-2
Total: 1,536–1,197–8

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source:[7][8]

Head coaches[edit]

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Individual award winners[edit]

Larry Hays (1997)
  • Big 12 Tournament MOP
Josh Bard (1998)
Tim Tadlock (2014)
  • SWC Coach of the Year
Larry Hays (1995)
  • SWC Tournament MVP
Jason Tolman (1995)

Retired jerseys[edit]

Retired baseball jerseys
Number Player Seasons
22 Brooks Wallace 1977-1980
23 Clint Bryant 1977-1980
24 Kal Segrist 1977-1980
27 Larry Hays 1987-2008


Red Raiders in the Major Leagues[edit]

At least 20 former Texas Tech Red Raiders went on to play Major League Baseball.[9] Seven Red Raiders were taken in the 2008 MLB Draft and three were drafted in 2009.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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