LUBBOCK, TX - The most anticipated baseball recruiting class in recent years arrived on campus today as classes began at Texas Tech for the fall semester.
In all, 19 newcomers joined the Red Raider Baseball family and will be competing for a roster spot in the coming weeks as fall practice gets underway over at Dan Law Field. The class features five student-athletes who turned down professional offers to come to school including Brett Bruening (35th-round pick by St. Louis), Bobby Doran (36th-round pick by Pittsburgh), Stephen Hagen (42nd-round pick by Seattle), Jay Johnson (25th-round pick by Baltimore) and Brandon Petite (30th-round pick by Houston).
"It was really good to get all of our veterans back today and then welcome in all our new guys," said second-year head coach Dan Spencer. "There's always a lot of nerves that go into this day because you spend so much time trying to get in every single guy that you signed and I am happy to say that we have done that. We are looking forward to that first day we can get started because as we all know the wins we get in the spring are due to the work we put in during the fall."
The 19 newcomers (that include five walk-ons) will join forces with 22 returning veterans and all will compete for a total of 35 roster spots that will be available once the Red Raiders open up the 2010 season on Feb. 19. The complete 2010 season schedule will be announced in the upcoming months.
Fall practice officially gets underway on Sept. 7 with small group activities and that will lead up to the first team practice that is set for Sept. 21. Fall workouts will conclude with the annual Red & Black Series that is scheduled for Dan Law Field Oct. 25-29. More details on the Red & Black Series will be made available at a later date.
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