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Texas Tech baseball concludes 2016 season ranked fourth nationally

Source: Texas Tech Athletics Source: Texas Tech Athletics

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech’s second run to the College World Series over the last three years earned the Red Raiders a No. 4 national ranking Friday in the final poll conducted by D1Baseball.com.

It is the highest final ranking in school history for the Red Raiders, who concluded the season 47-20 overall after picking up their first ever College World Series win with a 3-2 victory over top-seeded Florida.

The Red Raiders’ previous highest finish nationally was eighth following both the 1995 and 2014 seasons. The 2014 season marked Tech’s first trip to the College World Series as the Red Raiders are one of seven programs nationally to advance to Omaha twice in the past three years.

Prior to heading to Omaha, Tech claimed its first Big 12 regular-season title since 1997 as the Red Raiders clinched the conference crown before the final weekend of league play even began. Tech finished 19-5 overall against Big 12 foes thanks in part to a 5-1 mark against the league’s other two College World Series participants – Oklahoma State and TCU.

Tech’s 47 victories marked its third-most in school history and its most since 1996 when the Red Raiders picked up 49 wins. It was also Tech’s second 40-win season over the past three seasons.

In addition to being ranked in the D1Baseball poll, Tech was also picked fifth nationally by Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as well as sixth in the USA Today Coaches’ poll and seventh by Baseball America.

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