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Red Raider baseball taking its talents to South Beach, named to Miami regional

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Posted: May 26, 2014 - 11:19am  |  Updated: May 27, 2014 - 12:07am
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Texas Tech could face Bethune Cookman and Eric Sams in the Coral Gables regional. (AP PHOTO)  Romeo Guzman
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Texas Tech could face Bethune Cookman and Eric Sams in the Coral Gables regional. (AP PHOTO)
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For a guy who has preached all season about not looking past the current day, Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock admitted he’s had a few anxious weeks waiting to see where the Red Raiders would be playing in the postseason.

“I’ve been waiting on it, literally, for about three weeks,” Tadlock said. “Since about the first of May I think our ballclub has wanted to know kind of the As, Bs and Cs of needing to know where we’re going and who we’re playing. Now we’ve got a pretty clear picture of that from this point forward of what we need to do.”

The Red Raiders (40-18) saw their name called in an NCAA selection show for the first time in 10 years on Tuesday. Tech is headed to Miami for the Coral Gables, Fla. Regional hosted by the University of Miami.

Joining the Red Raiders are the No. 1 seed Hurricanes, third-seeded Columbia and fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman. Tech opens play against Columbia, the Ivy League champion, at 1 p.m. Friday, while Miami faces Bethune-Cookman at 6 p.m.

It is Tech’s first appearance in an NCAA regional — and 10th in program history — since 2004 when the Red Raiders were a No. 2 seed at the Atlanta Regional hosted by Georgia Tech. It is also the second appearance in a regional hosted by Miami. Tech was the No. 4 seed (six-team regional prior to expansion to 64 teams) in 1998.

“It’s awesome because ever since I came here, (assistant coach J-Bob Thomas) told me we would get this thing turned around,” pitcher Dominic Moreno said. “He said it might not happen the first year but that we would get it turned around by the time I leave, and it sounds like we’ve got it turned around this year. It’s an amazing feeling. I didn’t quite expect to go to Miami, but I’m not complaining. I’m excited.”

It’s the first meeting between Tech and Columbia (29-18). Tech is 0-1 against Miami (41-17) all-time, that lone meeting coming in the 1998 regional, and 2-0 against Bethune-Cookman, beating the Wildcats twice in 2010 in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders had been projected as an NCAA tournament team for most of the season thanks to an RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) that remained in the top 20 for most of the season.

However, the two losses at the Big 12 tournament likely cost Tech a chance to host a regional.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Adam Kirsch said. “We get a little extra rest now, some extra time to reflect on things and move on and improve from it.”

Tech is one of five Big 12 teams named to the field of 64, joining TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas. TCU, the Big 12 tournament champion, was awarded the No. 7 national seed and faces Siena in the first round. Oklahoma State, the conference regular-season champion, opens with Binghamton.

Texas is the No. 2 seed at the Houston regional hosted by Rice. The Longhorns face Texas A&M on Friday in the first meeting between the schools since the Aggies departed for the Southeastern Conference after the 2011 season.

Kansas, which finished third in the Big 12 regular season, was awarded the No. 3 seed at the Louisville, Ky. Regional and faces No. 2 seed Kentucky.

Texas (No. 9 RPI) and Houston (No. 11 RPI) were the only teams ahead of the Red Raiders in RPI not selected as hosts sites.

The SEC landed five host sites — LSU, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. Other school hosting regionals are Florida, Miami, Virginia, Oregon State, Indiana, Rice, Cal Poly and Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I think the Big 12 prepared us for everything that lies ahead,” Tadlock said. “I was disappointed we didn’t get six teams in, but it’s a great league and we need to tip our hat to all the coaches in the league and all the players in the league. They all did a great job this year.”



at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, Coral Gables, Fla.

Schedule (all times CDT)


Game 1: No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 Columbia, 1 p.m.

No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 Bethune Cookman, 6 p.m.


Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.


Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

Monday (if necessary)

Game 7: Game 6 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

No. 1 Miami

No. 2 Texas Tech

No. 3 Columbia

No. 4 Bethune-Cookman


Compiled by George Watson

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

2014 Record/Finish: 41-17 (first place Coastal Division)

Top position players: C Zack Collins, Fr. (.300 avg., 9 HR, 49 RBIs); OF Dale Carey, Sr. (.313 avg., 7 HR, 28 RBIs)

Top pitchers: LHP Chris Diaz, Jr. (9-0, 2.31 ERA, 80 K, 932/3 IP); LHP Bryan Radziewski (7-2, 3.14 ERA, 102 K, 912/3 IP)

About the Hurricanes: This marks the 42nd consecutive NCAA tournament berth for the Hurricanes, by far the longest streak in the nation, and the 25th time to host a regional ... Miami was an impressive 24-6 in ACC play, the best record in either the Atlantic or Coastal Divisions and two games ahead of No. 3 national seed Virginia. ... Miami’s 3.10 team ERA ranked fifth in the 14-team ACC, but its .262 batting average ranks 10th ... Only once did UM lose more than two games in a row this season.


Conference: Big 12 Conference

2014 Record/Finish: 40-18 (third place)

Top position players: 1B Eric Gutierrez (.313 avg., 12 HR, 56 RBIs); DH Adam Kirsch (.300 avg., 9 HR, 48 RBIs)

Top pitchers: LHP Jonny Drozd (6-0, 2.14 ERA, 44 K, 63 IP); LHP Chris Sadberry (4-2, 3.45 ERA, 47 K, 73 IP)

About the Red Raiders: Texas Tech is making its first trip to the NCAA postseason in 10 years, last participating in 2004 in the Atlanta, Ga. regional ... The Red Raiders had one of the biggest turnarounds in Big 12 history, improving by 14 games from last season ... Tech finished the regular season as the top hitting team in the Big 12 with a .294 average while finishing fourth in pitching with a 3.43 ERA. Tech also is the top defensive team with a .980 fielding percentage ... Tech DH Adam Kirsch is very familiar with the Miami area, having played his junior season at nearby Florida International University.


Conference: Ivy League

2014 Record/Finish: 29-18 (first place)

Top players: OF Gus Craig, Jr. (.376 avg., 6 HR, 25 RBIs); IF David Vandercook, Jr. (.255 avg., 5 HR, 34 RBIs)

Top pitchers: LHP David Speer (7-2, 1.86 ERA, 75 K, 87 IP); RHP George Thanopoulos, Soph. (5-2, 2.81 ERA, 40K, 48 IP)

About the Lions: Columbia is making it second straight trip to the NCAA postseason and fourth in program history. Last year the Lions competed in the Fullerton, Calif. regional and beat New Mexico for the first postseason victory in program history ... With a 3.35 team ERA, the Lions are the top pitching team out of the Ivy League ... Columbia left-hander David Speer played with Tech RHP Dominic Moreno this past summer in the Cape Cod League for the Chatham A’s, a team coached by Tech volunteer assistant Matt Gardner ... Columbia was 1-8 this season against UT-San Antonio, UT-Arlington, Texas A&M and Texas.


Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2014 Record/Finish: 26-31 (first place South Division)

Top players: IF Jordan Robinson, Jr. (.251 avg., 1 HR, 30 RBIs); IF Austin Garcia, Fr. (.256 avg., 2 HR, 24 RBIs)

Top pitchers: RHP Montana Durapau, Sr. (11-1, 1.71 ERA, 98 K, 1101/3 IP); RHP Keith Zuniga, Jr. (7-4, 2.59 ERA, 56 K, 94 IP)

About the Wildcats: Bethune-Cookman qualified for the NCAA tournament by wining the MEAC tournament title and the automatic berth. Despite finishing five games under .500 for the season, the Wildcats were a solid 14-10 in conference play ... Located in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bethune-Cookman played its final 23 games of the season on the road, going 8-13 ... The Wildcats split two midweek games with the Hurricanes in Miami, winning 7-3 and losing 10-1.

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has several losses to zero RPI teams. What surprises me the most is that Texas was unable to purchase a home slot.



'Horns here. Amazing.

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