Texas Tech Baseball gears up for College World Series - FOX34 Lubbock

Texas Tech Baseball gears up for College World Series

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After struggling in the latter half of the regular season, the Red Raiders are heading to the College World Series. 

It was up to Michael Davis to break a 1-1 tie in Game 3 of the Lubbock Super Regional, and he delivered with a two-run blast. The Red Raiders didn't let another lead slip, and beat Duke 6-2 to advance to Omaha. 

"I think it was just coming out, having fun, and taking in every moment. My brother called me before the game and told me to not miss a beat and enjoy everything I get to do. That final out was the most enjoyable thing that I have gotten to do since I've been here," Davis said. 

Head coach Tim Tadlock hasn't doubted his guys at all this season. 

"It's a lot of fun watching these guys play, and they take pride in playing the game the right way. Most of the time, the fundamentals of the game will separate in close games. We're fortunate that our guys executed," Tadlock said. 

Before Tadlock took over as head coach in 2013, Tech had never advanced to the College World Series. In the 5 years that he has managed the club, it has made it three times. He's excited about the recognition his players will receive next weekend. 

"There's a good part of the country that's going to get to watch these guys play. They deserve that. There are some good players in there," Tadlock said. 

Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech's Athletic Director, says the team played with a chip on it's shoulders this season. 

"We had an early exit last year from the Regionals and that taste was still in their mouths, but no longer because they've got us back to Omaha," Hocutt said. 

The 9th seeded Red Raiders will take on number one Florida in the opening round on Sunday at 6.

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