Texas Tech baseball holds first fall practice of 2016 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Texas Tech baseball holds first fall practice of 2016

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball team held its first practice of the fall on Friday afternoon inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders return 17 letterwinners from last year's 47-win team that earned the program's second trip to the College World Series in three years. Tech also finished the season with the school's highest end-of-year ranking at No. 4 after securing the Big 12 championship behind a 19-5 conference record. The 2016-17 academic year marks the fifth season under head coach Tim Tadlock.

Tadlock garnered Coach of the Year honors from the Big 12 last season, as he was joined by four other returning Red Raiders who earned All-Big 12 accolades last year. Pitcher Davis Martin and outfielder Tanner Gardner were both unanimous selections to the conference first team, while pitcher Steven Gingery and second baseman Michael Davis earned All-Freshman & honorable mention nods, respectively.

The conference accolade was the first of several awards for Martin, who racked up four Freshman All-America honors after his first season donning the scarlet & black. He joined former outfield standout Barrett Barnes (2010) as the only players in program history to earn Freshman All-America status by four different publications. Martin was recognized by Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Baseball America.

Martin posted a 10-1 record through 14 starts, putting together a 2.52 earned-run average. His 10 wins tied for the most in the conference as well as nationally among freshmen, with his 10th coming in Tech's first ever victory at the College World Series against No. 1 Florida.

He was joined by Gingery in receiving Freshman All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Gingery recorded a 4-2 record behind a 3.18 ERA over 68.0 innings pitched. Last season, he rung up a team-high 63 batters and pieced together a spotless 3-0 performance in Big 12 play, with an ERA of 1.85 over eight starts.

Tech's other unanimous All-Big 12 first team member Gardner finished the season with a team-leading .379 batting average. He racked up a team-high 89 hits in 2016, including 19 doubles, six triples and three home runs, plating 35 RBI, while scoring 55 runs. In conference play, he tallied a .363 clip with 33 hits.

Davis also piece together a strong season, starting in all but one of Tech's 67 games in 2016. Davis recorded a .268 batting average with 67 hits, 37 RBI and 44 runs scored.

Along with Tech's returning stable, the Red Raiders welcome in another strong recruiting class to this year's fold. Tech's fall slate will wrap up with the annual Red & Black series, with dates & times to be announced as the fall season continues.

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