Gardner, Gutierrez are ABCA All-Americans
OMAHA — Texas Tech sophomore outfielder Tanner Gardner and senior first baseman Eric Gutierrez both earned All-America honors on Saturday by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
OMAHA — When he was the recruiting coordinator at Tulane, Jim Schlossnagle tried to hire Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock, who was coaching at Grayson at the time.
According to Schlossnagle, who is now the head coach at TCU, Tadlock said yes for “about 12 hours” but then changed his mind.
OMAHA — Steven Gingery definitely has that Southern California chill.
The freshman southpaw — a native of Huntington Beach, Calif. — is known as “Cali” around Texas Tech. Davis Martin doesn’t think he’s called him “Steven” since the second day they were in Lubbock.
“Cali definitely has that Southern California calmness about him,” Martin said. “I’m from West Texas and Southern California is probably the complete opposite. We all love him to death. He’s funny and really laid-back for sure.”
OMAHA — Jim Schlossnagle wasn’t happy with his pitching staff after TCU dropped a home series to Texas Tech toward the end of the regular season.
Despite coming back to win the second game 13-6, the Horned Frogs dropped both games Friday, 7-3, and Sunday, 3-1.
“I didn’t think we were living up to the tradition that we’ve had of pitching and at least dominating, throwing strikes and giving us a chance,” Schlossnagle said.
OMAHA — Ryan Brewer could see the difference.
For a former pitcher at Texas Tech, who went on to spend four years in the Kansas City Royals’ organization, it’s not hard to pick out which teenagers can make it collegiately, even professionally.
OMAHA — Tim Tadlock wondered if the lightning monitor was working.
As an assistant at Oklahoma in 2010, that was the biggest thing Tadlock took away from his first trip to the College World Series.
“We played a couple of games, one was really long and there was a lot of lightning,” Tadlock said Friday morning. “I thought to myself: If there’s a place to go, this is where I want to go, right here in this third base box. I’m dead serious. Old Rosenblatt, last year, just get me right here. This would be good.”
OMAHA, Neb. — For all the walk-off hits and grand slams that have highlighted the NCAA baseball tournament so far, the stage is set for pitching to take over when the College World Series opens Saturday.
Thirteen pitchers who will be in Omaha were taken in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, with No. 1 national seed Florida leading the way with six, including five in the first four rounds. There are the high-quality freshman and sophomore arms sprinkled throughout all eight teams.
Cory Raley had his sights set on Michael Davis.
As soon as Davis fielded a grounder and threw the ball to first for the final out of the super regional to punch Texas Tech’s ticket to Omaha, Raley — the former starting quarterback for Uvalde High School — was gunning for the sophomore.
“I was head hunting,” Raley said with a smile. “He never played football before. I wanted him to know what that was like. I got him. I got him good.”
It was the first Omaha dog pile for those two Red Raiders.