Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball
|Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|2015 Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team|
|University||Texas Tech University|
|Head Coach||Tim Tadlock (3rd year)|
|Home Stadium||Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
|College World Series Appearances|
|NCAA Regional Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2014|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
Big 12: 1998
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Ballpark
- 3 Season-by-season results
- 4 Head coaches
- 5 Individual accomplishments
- 6 Red Raiders in the Major Leagues
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early years (1926–1929)
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. 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.
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. From 1930 to 1953, Texas Tech did not field an intercollegiate baseball team.
Revival era (1954–1986)
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.
Larry Hays era (1987–2008)
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. 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. 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.
Dan Spencer era (2009–2012)
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.
Tim Tadlock era (2013–present)
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 berth 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.
|1926||Ewing Y. Freeland||11–2–1|
|1927||Ewing Y. Freeland||4–9–1|
|No Team Fielded (1930–1953)|
|Southwest Conference (1968–1996)|
|1980||Kal Segrist||28–23–1||14–10||4th||SWC Tournament, L 1–2|
|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
|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|
|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|
|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
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Individual award winners
- Larry Hays (1997)
- Big 12 Tournament MOP
- Tim Tadlock (2014)
- SWC Coach of the Year
- Larry Hays (1995)
- SWC Tournament MVP
- Jason Tolman (1995)
|Retired baseball jerseys|
Red Raiders in the Major Leagues
- Doug Ault (1976–1980)
- Josh Bard (2002–present)
- Dallas Braden (2007–present)
- Mark Brandenburg (1995–97)
- Stubby Clapp (2001)
- Joe Dillon (2005, 2007–present)
- Travis Driskill (2002–07)
- Donald Harris
- Chuck Harrison
- Mike Humphreys
- Keith Ginter (2000–05)
- Jeff Karstens (2006–present)
- Brandon Kolb (2000–01)
- Trey Lunsford (2002–03)
- Matt Miller
- Ryan Nye
- Chris Sampson (2006–09)
- Travis Smith (1998–2006)
- Zach Stewart (2011–present)
- Steve Watkins
- "2008 Baseball Media Guide". Texas Tech University Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Texas Tech Year-by-Year Scores". Texas Tech University Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Larry Hays steps down as Texas Tech baseball's head coach". The Daily Toreador. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- George Watson. "Larry Hays ends 22-year love affair with Texas Tech baseball". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- "Dan Spencer Named Head Baseball Coach at Texas Tech". Big 12 Conference. Retrieved 2008-07-04.[dead link]
- "Texas Tech Enters CWS Ranked Seventh Nationally" (Press release). Texas Tech University. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
- Baseball Almanac: Texas Tech University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues
- "Tech baseball draftees embark careers as Major League hopefuls". The Daily Toreador. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- Watson, George (2009-06-10). "Three Raiders, two signees selected in MLB draft". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2009-06-12.