LUBBOCK, Texas – For the third time in four years, the Texas Tech baseball team has been named as a national seed with a No. 8 selection and a matchup with Army on Friday, May, 31, at 3 p.m., at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, the NCAA Selection Committee announced today.
The Red Raiders will also host Florida and Dallas Baptist, who will face off at 7 p.m. in the first day of NCAA Regional action. The full Lubbock Regional will air on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. Tech games can also be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the Double T 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and at www.TexasTech.com.
The 2019 Big 12 champion Red Raiders (39-17) were one of 16 regional hosts selected on Sunday night by the NCAA baseball selection committee. Texas Tech is the only team in the country hosting an NCAA Regional for the fourth straight year. It’s the first time in school history Tech has hosted four-consecutive years, and the seventh overall. The Red Raiders have played regional action in Lubbock in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
This year marks the 13th overall berth in an NCAA Regional. Texas Tech joins Florida and Louisville as the only three programs to earn a national seed three times in the last four years.
Friday will mark the second overall meeting against Army. The two teams met in San Antonio in 2008 with Tech taking a 16-2 victory. The Black Knights are back-to-back Patriot League champions, finishing with a 35-24 overall record and 15-10 conference mark.
A familiar postseason foe will head to Lubbock in the Florida Gators. Tech is 2-1 all-time against Florida, having faced off with the gators in each of the last two trips to the College World Series. The Red Raiders topped the Gators 3-2 in 2016 and beat the Gators 6-3 in their CWS opener last season before dropping an elimination game, 9-6. The Gators are one of 10 Southeastern Conference schools in the field, boasting a 33-24 overall record and 13-17 conference mark.
Another familiar opponent makes it way to Lubbock in Dallas Baptist. Tech has faced the Patriots eight times under Tim Tadlock and hold a 16-11 lead in the all-time series. The Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions, DBU enters the regional with a 41-18 record and 14-7 conference mark. They were ranked No. 22 heading into their conference tournament where they fell in the championship game.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office is closed for the day. Season ticket holders and Red Raider club members may request tickets online at TexasTech.com and have until Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m., to request all-session tickets to the regional.
Tech is offering only all-session passes at this time. If seats remain following the season ticket holder/Red Raider Club priority request period, all remaining all-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Season ticket holders/Red Raider Club members who held reserved parking for the 2019 season are encouraged to hold on to those passes as they will be valid throughout the postseason. Tech will also offer complimentary parking in the commuter lots located near Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park similar to the regular season.
In addition, Tech has held 300 complimentary seats for students. Ticket pick-up instructions will be emailed to students on Tuesday. All students must show a valid Texas Tech I.D. in order to claim tickets. Only students who paid the athletic fee in the spring semester are eligible for the student tickets.
For ticket questions, please contact the Texas Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.