Overall, Texas Tech is 39-33 in NCAA Tournament play with a 23-12 mark in Lubbock. Since 2014 under head coach Tim Tadlock, the Red Raiders are 26-15 in postseason play. Tech has been a No. 1 seed seven times and is 22-16.
Tech will host a familiar postseason opponent in Army, who travels to Lubbock for back-to-back regionals as the Red Raiders topped the Black Knights, 11-2, in the first game of the 2019 Lubbock Regional. Friday will be the third all-time meeting between Tech and Army, with the Red Raiders holding a 2-0 advantage in the series. Prior to 2019, Tech and Army had squared off one other time in February of 2008.
The Red Raiders also host teams from both coasts as UCLA and North Carolina make their first ever trips to the Hub City. Tech has a limited history with both teams dating back to the 90s. The Red Raiders are 1-0 all-time against UCLA with the only prior matchup coming in 1999. Meanwhile, Tech is 2-0 all-time against North Carolina, including 1-0 in the postseason. Most recently, Tech topped the Tar Heels in the first round of the 1998 Coral Gables Regional.
Tech was selected as the No. 8 national seed by the NCAA Selection Committee, making it the fifth-straight tournament Tech has been named a national seed. The Red Raiders started the year at No. 3 and have spent 15 out of a possible 16 weeks this season in the top 10 of at least one of the nationally-voted on polls.
Texas Tech will hand the ball to freshman right-handed pitcher Chase Hampton (3-0, 3.63). Hampton has made five starts this season, most recently against Kansas on the final week of the regular season as he earned a win while striking out seven in 6.0 shutout innings.
Army will start junior right-hander Anthoy LoRicco (4-1; 4.68). LoRicco has been a regular in the rotation for the Black Knights with 10 starts this season. He has pitched at least 6.0 innings in three of his last four starts, most recently in a win at Lehigh last weekend where he allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.0 frames.
INSIDE THE SERIES – ARMY
INSIDE THE SERIES – UCLA
INSIDE THE SERIES – NORTH CAROLINA
RED RAIDERS AGAINST NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Under Tim Tadlock, the Red Raiders traditionally play a strong non-conference schedule, and the 2021 season was no different. Tech played eight teams that were selected for an NCAA Regional, holding up strong with a 12-7 record against said competition. Of those eight teams, five were ranked in the top 10 when Tech faced them, including three from the SEC on opening weekend at the College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
5-STRAIGHT REGIONALS IN LUBBOCK
For the fifth-consecutive postseason, the Red Raiders were one of 16 host sites selected on Sunday night by the NCAA Selection Committee. It’s the first time in school history Tech has hosted an NCAA Regional in five-straight seasons and the eighth overall. The Red Raiders have played regional action in Lubbock in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. Texas Tech is the only program in the country to host every year since 2016.
TOUGH TO TAKE DOWN IN LUBBOCK
Under head coach Tim Tadlock, the Red Raiders have proven difficult to beat during postseason play in Lubbock. Tech has hosted a regional every season since 2016, advancing to super regionals three out of four times with 2017 as the lone outlier. Tech is 11-3 in regionals since 2016 with consecutive regional sweeps in 2018 and 2019. Tech has won its first two games of the regional in all four tournaments dating back to 2016.
Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics