When Texas Tech steps on the field at 2 p.m. Sunday to play their first-ever game in the College World Series in Omaha. They'll face a very familiar opponent - TCU.
The two teams have played 155 times (TCU leads series 86-68-1), including four times this season.
The Red Raiders took two of three from the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Tech then lost a rare non-conference game with their conference foe in Abilene.
"It's kinda good we are tied in the series on the year, 2-2," said Red Raider Adam Kirsch. "It's gonna be a good environment."
So being familiar with each other, will that be an advantage? Red Raider Coach Tim Tadlock doesn't think so.
"It doesn't help as they're just as familiar with us," Tadlock said. "It's equal playing ground. It's a different place, different state, different environment and bigger stakes as far as that goes."
TCU is making their second CWS appearance and is ranked second in the country, but the Red Raiders, who won two March meetings by 10-2 and 12-2 scores, are confident.
"Our whole thing all year is not to really worry about who we're playing," said Bryant Burleson. "Not to worry about opponent, just come out and play good baseball and let the results take care of themselves."
Texas Tech (45-19) versus TCU (47-16) opens bracket play. The winner plays the Ole Miss/Virginia winner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The losers meet in an elimination game at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 sports will have highlights and reaction Sunday night on the news at 10 p.m.
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