Just a day after being eliminated from the College World Series, Texas Tech baseball is already looking toward the future.
A team that was picked to finish 8th in the Big 12 Conference in 2014 vastly exceeded expectations by reaching Omaha.
Freshman starting pitcher Ryan Moseley says this brief experience at college baseball's highest level will make the team hungrier for more come next spring.
"Right now I'm just so proud of this team and so grateful for the seniors and the guys leaving to graduate and draftees," Moseley said, "I'm going to miss those guys and hopefully everybody else has a little taste now and we are ready to go next year."
Texas Tech Head Coach and National Coach of the Year Tim Tadlock said the experience will help the team push to improve this off season.
"I don't think it hurts any," Tadlock said, "Whether it helps any, when you line up and play I don't think you can say, hey we've been to Omaha and they are going to lay over. The one thing these guys did is they competed throughout the whole year and they did what it took to win a bunch of games. It will help in the fall. It will help with guys talking about it. Maybe on a fall day when somebody doesn't want to do things the right way, it will remind them to do things the right way."
Texas Tech has 17 underclassmen on the roster, five of which started in the College World Series.
Coach Tadlock may have downplayed this experience, but it can only make this team raise expectations for the 2015 season.
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