Texas Tech winning with freshmen pitchers
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Texas Tech winning with freshmen pitchers

Red Raiders advance to College World Series sooner than expected

Photo: Texas Tech pitcher Davis Martin

Two years ago Texas Tech baseball broke at 10-year drought earning an NCAA Tournament berth under then-second-year coach Tim Tadlock. The Red Raiders capitalized with the program’s first College World Series trip.

But when the Red Raiders failed to return to the CWS in 2015, making it back to Omaha, Neb., was thought to be more realistic in 2018 on 2017 than 2016, according to Tadlock. That’s how optimistically he viewed his 2016 freshmen recruiting class, particularly the pitchers, maturing together. ... 



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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