After earning multiple top-10 preseason rankings and being picked to finish on top of the Big 12 Conference, Texas Tech baseball will start its 2019 campaign on Friday, Feb. 15.
The Red Raiders are coming off an appearance in the College World Series and finishing with a 45-20 record last season. Tech is also coming into the season after having 11 players drafted to the MLB, the most to get drafted in program history.
The Red Raiders will begin their season with a four-game series against Oregon starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and ending on Monday, Feb. 18, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. In its 2018 season, Oregon had a 26-29 record, going 6-18 in away games, according to D1Baseball.
D1 Baseball selected Oregon junior pitcher Kenyon Yovan to their Preseason All-American Second Team after his 6-4 record last season, according to D1 Baseball. Yovan struck out 98 batters in 84.2 innings as he finished with a 2.98 ERA.
After playing the Ducks, the Red Raiders will play a three-game series against Kentucky from Feb. 22-24 in Lubbock. Tech played a three-game series against the Wildcats last season, losing the first two games, 10-7 and 11-6, finishing the series with a 5-3 win, according to D1Baseball. Last season, Kentucky finished 34-22 for the year, going 21-5 against teams outside of the SEC.
Finishing their home stretch, the Red Raiders will then face New Mexico State for one game on Feb. 26. In the 2018 season, Tech played a total of three games against the Aggies throughout the season, sweeping them 3-0 with wins scoring 12-0, 2-1 and 9-2, according to D1 Baseball.
Despite its three losses to Tech, New Mexico State had a 40-win season, taking 22 losses on the year. The Red Raiders will see the Aggies for a second matchup later in the season on April 9 as well.
Breaking the home streak, the Red Raiders will head to Frisco to play in the 2019 Frisco College Baseball Classic at Dr. Pepper Ballpark against Nebraska on March 1, Mississippi State on March 2, and Sam Houston State on March 3.
Nebraska finished its season last year going 24-18, according to D1Baseball. Against top-25 teams per RPI, the Cornhuskers won only one of their five matchups in their 2018 season.
The most recent meeting between Mississippi State and Tech was in 2017 at the Mississippi State Tournament in Starkville, according to D1 Baseball. In the tournament, the Bulldogs’ only loss was to the Red Raiders in their season opener with a score of 5-2. The Bulldogs also gave the Red Raiders their only loss in the tournament with a score of 8-5 two days later.
Tech will be looking for revenge after Sam Houston State defeated the Red Raiders to win the Lubbock Regional in 2017, according to Tech Athletics. In the three-game series at the end of its season, Tech won the first game 6-0, then lost the next two, 9-8 and 4-3, to end the Red Raiders’ season. In their 2018 season, the Bearkats finished 39-20 record.
Following the Frisco College Baseball Classic, Tech will head to San Diego to play two games against San Diego State on March 5-6 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
San Diego State is coming into the season after winning the Mountain West Tournament title and finishing with a 39-21 record, according to D1Baseball. The last time the Red Raiders saw the Aztecs was in 2016, when they played a three-game series. The Red Raiders won all three games scoring 3-1, 10-0 and 7-2.
The Red Raiders will then return to Lubbock to play a three-game series against Wichita State at Rip Griffin Park. The most recent matchup between the two teams was in 2017 when the Red Raiders swept the Shockers in a three-game series winning 10-5, 4-1 and 3-1, according to Tech Athletics. In their most recent season, the Shockers went 35-21-1, going 11-11 away from their home field.
In the next non-conference matchup, Tech will face Michigan from March 21-23 in a three-game series at Rip Griffin Park.
Michigan went 33-20 last season but only went 6-15 against teams ranked 1-100 per RPI, according to D1Baseball. In games against teams ranked 101 and higher per RPI, the Wolverines went 17-5.
Following the series against Michigan, the Red Raiders will take on Stetson on March 24-25 at Rip Griffin Park.
Last season, Stetson won the Atlantic Sun Tournament title and advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, according to D1Baseball. The Hatters finished their 2018 season with a 45-11 record, including their 6-2 record against top-25 teams per RPI.
The New Mexico Lobos are the Red Raiders’ next non-conference matchup, as Tech will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to play at Lobo Field April 2-3. The Red Raiders played the Lobos twice last season, winning both games, 7-2 and 20-9, according to D1 Baseball.
The Lobos went 20-33-1 last season, losing all four games they had against top-25 teams per RPI. After their two games in early April, the Red Raiders and Lobos will meet again in Lubbock to play on April 23 and 24 at Rip Griffin Park.
In between the two separate matchups against New Mexico, Tech will travel to North Carolina to face Duke for one game on April 16 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The last time the Red Raiders saw the Blue Devils on the diamond was in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament last season, where the Red Raiders won the first and third games of the series to advance to the College World Series.
Duke’s junior pitcher Graeme Stinson, made D1Baseball’s Preseason All-American list with a first-team selection, according to D1 Baseball. Stinson finished his season with a 5-1 record, striking out 98 batters over 62 innings pitched.
On April 30 and May 1, the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley will travel to Lubbock to play Tech at Rip Griffin Park. Last season, the Red Raiders traveled to Edinburg and defeated the Vaqueros, 3-1, according to Tech Athletics. UTRGV ended its season with a 23-31 record, going 0-2 against top-25 ranked teams per RPI.
The final non-conference matchup for the Red Raiders will be against Florida International in a double-header on May 7 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Last season, FIU went 26-28, going 11-15 in non-conference matchups, according to D1Baseball.
In their 2018 season, the Red Raiders went 20-11 in non-conference play, according to D1 Baseball. Tech also was 2-4 against top-25 teams per RPI and 16-7 against teams ranked 26-50 per RPI.