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Texas Tech baseball reaching out to help victims in Moore


The shock is just beginning to wear off for many Moore, Oklahoma residents who are left with nothing but the shirts on their backs.

But Wednesday, a group of Texas Tech athletes did their part to help the victims of Monday's deadly tornado. The Red Raider baseball team is in Oklahoma this week for the Big 12 tournament and they were determined to figure out a way to help.

"It's really tragic to see what these families are going through. I'm glad we can help anyway we can," Texas Tech freshman Jarrard Poteete said.

"We were wanting to do this. It's not like they made us. It's good to get out here and help people," Texas Tech Junior Jake Barrios said.

The team traded the baseball diamond for a Goodwill warehouse full of donations in Oklahoma City. The team worked to sort thousands of items so they could be passed on to those left with nothing.

"We've been here for a couple days and the guys have been wanting to get out and help the people in Moore. Basically we've explored every option," Head Coach Tim Tadlock said.

Numerous coaches and players have ties to the Sooner State, so this tragedy really hit home for the team.

"This whole deal has kind of put baseball on the backseat for everybody. I think it makes everybody feels good that we can go out and help the community," Tadlock said.

While baseball may be the reason they're here, this team believes strikes and home runs should not be the sole purpose of this trip.

"We'll get back to that when the time is right," Tadlock said.

The Big 12 postponed the tournament one day. Texas tech will take on Kansas State Thursday.

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