Texas Tech baseball will open the 2020 season ranked No. 6 in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25, the publication announced Monday morning.
Ranked as high as No. 3 by two polls, the Red Raiders have been slotted inside the top 10 of all four preseason polls that have been released. Tech was placed at No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game, while D1Baseball and Baseball America have tabbed the Red Raiders at No. 6.
This marks the third straight year Tech has opened inside Baseball America's top 10 and fourth consecutive season in their top 25. The Red Raiders started at No. 5 in 2019, No. 8 in 2018 and No. 25 in 2017.
Tech is the highest of three Big 12 teams in the poll, ahead of Oklahoma State (16) and Oklahoma (19). Meanwhile, three non-conference opponents are featured in the top 20, including Mississippi State (9), Florida State (12) and Dallas Baptist (23).
Tech finished a historic 2019 campaign at No. 4 in Baseball America's final poll. The Red Raiders finished among the last four teams remaining at the College World Series and posted a 46-20 record while winning its third Big 12 title in four years and earning its fourth trip to Omaha in six seasons.
Entering his eighth year as head coach, Tim Tadlock returns a strong nucleus of 20 returners from last year's squad. A pair of Freshman All-America pitchers return in Friday night starter Micah Dallas and closer Clayton Beeter. Senior John McMillon is also back for his final year after being drafted in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Veterans Brian Klein, Dylan Neuse and Braxton Fulford look to anchor the lineup.
Opening Day for the Red Raiders is set for Friday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. against Houston Baptist. The matchup launches a four-game weekend for Tech as they host HBU for two games Friday and Saturday before facing Northern Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.