OMAHA — It’s a smart move to intentionally walk an All-American and conference player of the year with runners on base, momentum and scoring opportunities on the line.
Except against this Texas Tech lineup.
OMAHA — During the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Tyler Floyd received the Elite 90 award for having the highest individual GPA among College World Series participants.
Floyd, the Big 12’s scholar-athlete of the year, has never made a B.
He knows the play that needs to be made and makes it.
The senior was a force defensively for Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon as the catcher recorded three big outs for the Red Raiders.
OMAHA — Walking into the Texas Tech locker room after a monster swing by Luken Baker turned the potential for the first win in the College World Series to a heartbreaking loss in an instant, you could hear a pin drop.
Scratch the image of Baker, a 6-foot-4 265 pound freshman jumping up and down as he crossed home plate and almost breaking the arms of his teammates as he high-fived them on the way to the TCU dugout.
OMAHA — After Robert Dugger was magnificent in Texas Tech’s 13 inning thriller over East Carolina a week ago, all he could do was turn and look as Luken Baker hammered a home run over the seats in left field.
The Red Raiders were up 3-2 before that swing. After, they trailed by two.
And that’s how it ended as Texas Tech fell to TCU 5-3 in the College World Series Sunday afternoon inside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
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.”