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.
The Red Raiders face TCU in Game 2 of the College World Series on Sunday at 2 p.m.
OMAHA, Neb. — Tim Tadlock sat in the high-back chair casually. He wore a white Under Armour T-shirt and black shorts.
He smiled and cocked his head slightly as he was peppered with questions from the surrounding media at Rip Griffin Park on Tuesday.
After a while he said, “You guys know it is just a baseball game on Sunday.”
Just a game.
The Red Raiders face TCU in Game 2 of the College World Series on Sunday at 2 p.m. It is the biggest game of Tadlock’s career, though, and the biggest game in the history of Texas Tech baseball.
The text message popped up on everyone’s phone at 5:57 a.m. on Aug. 27.
There were two photos.
The first was of TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The second was a close-up of a statue — the one standing out side the park, The Road to Omaha.
Cooper product and Tech pitcher Ryan Moseley retweeted that photo Tuesday with the message, “Coach sent us this at the beginning of the year. Not done yet! #WreckEm.”
Tech heads into CSW with 19 more wins than last season
It was two years ago on Sunday that head coach Tim Tadlock said this in his introductory press conference: “It wasn’t too long ago, it has been about seven years, that a man told me, ‘Texas Tech can’t go to Omaha.’ Well guess what? We are about to find out. I believe that.”
1: For the first time in school history, the Red Raiders are headed to Omaha and the College World Series
19: More wins Tech has this year (45) than last (26). That turnaround is second in Big 12 history.
Devon Conley had just moved into position.
The center fielder was moving into the shift Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock had called when he saw the ball pop up into the air heading to a no-man’s land in shallow left-center field.
Conley put his head down and ran.
Then — at the last second — he caught a glimpse of the ball and dove, fully extending his body and reaching out with his glove.
His sunglasses few off of his hat.
He hit the turf hard. And the ball came down into his outstretched glove.
Two years and two days ago, the direction of the Texas Tech baseball changed when Tim Tadlock was put in charge of the program.
That direction is now headed north. To Omaha. Cinderella’s slipper is a cowboy boot.