No. 6 Texas Tech set to open Big 12 Championship

No. 6 Texas Tech set to open Big 12 Championship
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Information courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team takes on the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship from May 23-27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The third-seeded Red Raiders (38-15) will open the tournament against the six-seed TCU (30-22) on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. on FOX College Sports. Tech will either play West Virginia (27-25) or Oklahoma State (29-22-1) on Thursday, with the losing teams playing at 12:30 p.m. and the winning teams playing at 7:30 p.m.

All games of the tournament will be televised on FCS and can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and on TexasTech.com. Live stats will also be available via Big12.Statbroadcast.com.

Tech dropped its season series at TCU, earning a win in the middle game of the set after a combined one-hitter from sophomore right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian and junior righty Ryan Shetter. The Red Raiders claimed series victories over their other two opponents in their bracket, with a 2-1 win over West Virginia and a sweep of Oklahoma State on the road last weekend.

Two of the three teams the Red Raiders are matched up with in the division featured road games for Tech during the regular season. The state of Oklahoma was good to Tech last weekend, as the Red Raiders racked up three wins over the Cowboys to wrap the regular season. Tech posted wins of 9-4, 14-6 and 7-3 in the finale to take the set over OSU and head into the conference tournament strong.

Last weekend, TCU dropped its road set at Texas, falling in all three games they played in Austin. West Virginia also fell in its series against Baylor, winning a 2-1 opening contest before losing the last two games of the regular season.

The Red Raiders enter the tournament with a No. 5 NCAA RPI ranking, climbing up four spots from the beginning of last week's games. Oklahoma State is slotted at No. 28, West Virginia is ranked 53rd and TCU rounds out the group at No. 64.

Tech got five student-athletes on the All-Big 12 first team on Tuesday, the most in program history. Senior Zach Rheams, sophomores Josh Jung, Caleb Kilian & Grant Little and freshman Gabe Holt all earned the honor, with Jung & Little as unanimous selections. Holt highlighted the class with a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman squad while taking home Big 12 Freshman of the Year accolades.

The Red Raider offense continues to lead the conference with a .311 overall clip, as six starters are hitting above the team line. Jung leads the class with 84 hits, 71 RBI and 62 runs scored. Little & Holt follow closely with 74 hits each. Tech's hitters have tagged opposing pitchers for an 8.23 ERA this season, while the Red Raider pitching staff has held opponents to a .233 average at the plate for a 4.23 team ERA.

For the 15th-straight week, Tech is ranked inside the top 10, with Perfect Game and Baseball America slotting the Red Raiders at sixth and seventh, respectively, in their latest polls.

After the championship, Tech will await their fate on Monday, May 28, during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show at 11 a.m. CDT on ESPNU.