LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech baseball team entered the 2018 baseball season with sky-high expectations.
"Everyone gets excited about opening day," Head Coach Tim Tadlock said before Texas Tech took on Maine on February 15th. "I am looking forward to going out and watching the guys compete."
Where early on, the team was plagued by injuries.
"The neat as far as the future for Steven Gingery is he is going to be fine," Tadlock said on February 20th. "He has established himself as probably the best college pitcher over the last year."
Despite the injuries, Texas Tech managed to stay in the Top-10 the entire season.
"Just play the game the right way, and play the game one pitch at a time," said Tadlock on April 14th. "Guys are doing a good job of that right now.
But just like every season, it had its speed bumps.
At one point, Texas Tech hit a slump and dropped seven of 10 games, and were looking for answers.
"Yeah, it's going to have to get better," Coach Tadlock said after the Texas series. "When you look at the teams, that win, late. You are getting quality starts and what I do believe is that we have the guys that can give it to us."
They were able to after the finals break, where the Red Raiders went into Stillwater and ruined the Cowboys chances of a Big 12 Title.
But followed that, by getting eliminated in three games at the Big 12 Tournament.
"This game all starts on the bump and we didn't pitch it too well," Tim Tadlock said at the Big 12 Tournament. "If I am guilty of believing in these guys, then I am guilty of believing in them."
Now the Red Raiders get to look forward to being home, where they are 23-5 this season and are hosting their third-consecutive NCAA Regional.
"Everything you do, you do it to get to this point in the year," Tadlock said at his news conference before the Big 12 Tournament. "Obviously the opportunity to compete each day is special, and you want to go out and treat it that way. Embrace each day and guys are excited about playing and have been excited about playing."
If the even year trend continues (College World Series appearances in 2014, 16), we might find the Red Raiders back at the biggest stage in college baseball.