Brooks Wallace Memorial
edition of Red Raider Baseball will open their season on Friday as they host
the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. Familiar foe Northern Illinois will be
back in town for this one as well as Northern Colorado and the BYU Cougars.
hire of Tim Tadlock as Head Coach, it looks like the
Red Raider baseball program is on the rise. Tadlock
is highly regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country and should also
bring in top JUCO talent with his connections on that front.
Tadlock spent nine seasons at
the helm of Grayson County Community College, winning two national
championships, compiling an overall record of 435-217 (.774).
Here is a
quick look at each team for the 2013 Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic:
Texas Tech Red Raiders
2012 Record: 29-26 (7-17 Big 12)
Head Coach: Tim Tadlock
have the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Heading into opening weekend, many Texas Tech
baseball fans don’t know what to expect as they have endured eight straight
seasons in which the Red Raiders failed to make the NCAA Tournament. There are
25 players for the Red Raiders but this team has a ton of talent coming in and
Tech fans should expect to see some success this season.
team to make the NCAA tournament was the 2004 team full of JUCO talent that
featured Dallas Braden, Josh Brady, Jose Delgado, Michael Mask, along with two
year starter Cameron Blair, who actually played his JUCO ball at Grayson County
under Tim Tadlock.
Coach Tadlock has his work cut out from him with a very
inexperienced team and only a handful of returning players from the 2012 team. Texas
Tech needs to take care of business early on if they want to have any chance at
breaking the barrier and making the NCAA Tournament.
probable starters for Texas Tech will likely look like this:
Friday (vs NIU)-RHP Dominic Moreno (Farmington, NM/Howard College)
Saturday (vs UNC)-RHP Corey Taylor Kennedale, TX/Cisco CC)
Saturday (vs BYU)-Trey Masek (Giddings, TX)
Sunday (vs NIU)-RHP Matt Withrow (Odessa,
Northern Illinois Huskies
2012 Record: 15-40 (7-20 MAC)
Head Coach: Ed Mathey
(11th Season, 255-301-1)
career wins at NIU, Ed Mathey is now the Huskies
all-time winningest coach in school history as well
as being one of the most well-respected coaches by his
is slated to square off with RHP Zach Badgley on
Friday and RHP Alex Klonowski on Sunday to finish off
Badgley will be making his
first start since 2009 on Friday as he went 1-1 in relief with a 4.24 ERA in
2012 while Klonowski is making his first start since
2011 when he went up against Valparaiso.
owns a 14-2 all-time record against Northern Illinois, most of which were
played at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.
Northern Colorado Bears
2012 Record: 27-33 (15-13 Great West)
Head Coach: Carl Iwasaki (1st Season)
coming off a decent season in 2012, the Northern Colorado Bears look to exit
the Great West Conference on a good note before heading to the WAC in 2014.
Coach Carl Iwasaki, a Northern Colorado grad, expect to see them make some
noise in the WAC in the coming years. This is a program on the rise.
matchup between Texas Tech and Northern Colorado will be the first matchup
between the two schools.
2012 Record: 22-27 (10-14 MWC)
Head Coach: Mark Littlewood
Mike Littlewood is now the man in charge up in Provo, UT after a
very disappointing 2012 season for the Cougars. A move to the West Coast
Conference might not be such a good thing as the Cougars struggled in the six team Mountain West Conference last season.
Littlewood previously was the head
man at Dixie State College (UT) for 16 seasons and he led them to four NJCAA
World Series appearances, while taking home the hardware in 2004. Also of note,
Littlewood and Tadlock
squared off in the NJCAA World Series.
leads the series over BYU by a count of 4-2.
BROOKS WALLACE MEMORIAL CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, February 15
Colorado vs. BYU_ __________________10 a.m.
Northern Colorado_ ___________________2 p.m.
Illinois at Texas Tech_______________ 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 16
Illinois vs. BYU______________________10 a.m.
Colorado at Texas Tech_____________ 2 p.m.
Texas Tech__________________________ 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 17
Colorado vs. Northern Illinois_ _________9 a.m.
Illinois at Texas Tech_______________ 1 p.m.