Texas Tech fans showed their support for the baseball team Friday, turning out to watch the team practice before their games against the College of Charleston.
"We came just to see the Red Raiders practice," said Texas Tech fan Bryan Madrid. "I brought a couple of kids - one of my baseball players from Little League and my son are trying to get a ball. We're just out enjoying the day."
"We're here just to support our team and Texas Tech Baseball. It has been a long time coming but they're finally here. It's a great atmosphere, I can't wait to see what happens," said Texas Tech fan Adam Rodriguez.
"We weren't able to get tickets so we thought we would come see as much as we could before the game," said Texas Tech fan Shannon Pipes.
He was in the same boat with many who showed up to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin park.
"We were just a little too late to get tickets so I figured we would come out, bring the boys out and let them check out a practice," Rodriguez said.
"I wish we would've gotten tickets to come see them this weekend, but unfortunately I graduated two years ago and we don't have season tickets so it wasn't available for us, but it's a great deal for Texas Tech Red Raiders," said Madrid.
Tickets for this weekend sold out in less than an hour after they first went on sale. In response to that demand, university crews worked on a stand of bleachers for the athletic staff to free up more space for fans in the stadium as the team practiced this afternoon.
But fans say the support is only positive.
"It is huge. I have gone to all the games this season and the attendance has definitely increased throughout the season," said Texas Tech student Carly Smith. "The fact that the town is coming together for this huge super regional event is a really big deal. It means a lot as a student that the surrounding communities care so much, especially since students aren't even in school right now."
"This is one of the best teams I have seen in all my years of watching Tech sports," said Tech fan Eric Smith. "Watching Tech baseball has become the number one sport that I've loved this whole year. They have a great team with a wonderful head coach."
Fans we spoke with say even if they can't be in the stands they will be watching or listening to the game somewhere else. They say if the team wins this weekend they will be cheering the Red Raiders on in Omaha.
"I waited forever to go to the Little League World Series and followed those kids in 2007 so I'm anxious to get to Omaha maybe," said Ralph Madrid.
First pitch is Saturday at noon.
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