OMAHA, Nebraska – It has been a memorable season for the Texas Tech baseball team.
The Red Raiders won a NCAA Regional Tournament and NCAA Super Regional for the first time and also completed the biggest turnaround in school history with 19 more wins this victories than 2013 (26-30 record). Tech’s 45 wins are its most since the 1997 season.
Now, Red Raiders second-year baseball coach Tim Tadlock has been named the 2014 National College Baseball Hall of Fame Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year.
Tech opens its first College World Series against Big 12 Conference member No. 2 TCU at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
Tadlock led his alma mater to the College Baseball World Series for the first time in school history, while the Red Raiders have posted a 45-19 overall record this season.
Tech matched a school record and ranked second in the nation with 33 home wins. Tadlock and the Red Raiders won 16 straight games to end the season, which was the longest active home winning streak in the country.
Tech knocked off No. 3 Miami (Fla.) at the Coral Gables Regional before sweeping the College of Charleston at the Super Regional in Lubbock last weekend with a pair of 1-0 victories.
The Red Raiders currently lead the Big 12 in batting (.287), slugging percentage (.409), hits (612), doubles (123), triples (24) and fielding percentage (.981).
The Red Raiders broke a school record with nine shutouts this season – four of which have come in the NCAA Tournament. Tech’s pitchers bring a 3.17 ERA into the College World Series, which marks the program’s lowest ERA during the aluminum bat era (since 1974).
The award is given annually to the top collegiate baseball coach. Tadlock will be honored at the Hall of Fame’s annual Night of Champions celebration on Saturday, June 28 in Lubbock.
Tadlock was the National Coach of the Year after winning back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association championships while at Grayson County College in 1999-2000.