Texas Tech dropped Friday's season opener 1-0 to No. 3 Indiana.
Tech Baseball Holds First Spring Practice
"I think we got some guys back from last year and some guys bought in in the fall and started having some mature at-bats, doing what you gotta do to win baseball games, driving in runs and getting on base."
The 2013 squad struggled heavily on offense with just one hitter cracking the .300 mark in Todd Ritchie. Senior infielder Jake Barrios, who hit .297 and scored 12 runs in 2013, believes the team is improved.
"Experience is a big thing in baseball," Barrios said. "We have a lot of depth, like coach said, on the mound and you know, the hitters."
In addition to eight returning pitchers, the lineup bolsters eight returning starters. Add in Heath Herrington, who redshirted in 2013 after leading the Cisco Wranglers to their first NJCAA World Series berth, and Tech has plenty of experience. The roster is also bolstered by a number of JUCO transfers plus Adam Kirsch, an outfielder from Florida International.
The Red Raiders finished eighth, just ahead of Texas, in the Big 12 in 2013 with a 26-30 overall record and a 9-15 conference record. The last time Tech played in a regional dates back to 2004 when the team featured Dallas Braden and Larry Hays was in charge.
Texas Tech opens the season Feb. 14 against No.7 Indiana at Rip Griffin Park.
RaiderPower.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Recap
Dr. Roto watched all of Sunday's action and has compiled for you a recap of all the Fantasy comings and goings. Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (pictured above) may have solidified himself as the team…Read More
Scout College Football Top 30- Week Thirteen
The top 30 teams in college football after Week Thirteen...Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More
Scout's ACC All-Century Team
There have been so many great basketball players in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 2000, but which have been the very best? We break down the Player of the Century, Best Coach, Best Freshman, and…Read More
The First Thanksgiving: 10 Myths and Facts
The story of the first Thanksgiving is filled with folklore and legend. But what’s the real story? Here are 10 commonly believed myths about the First Thanksgiving debunked.Read More