Red Raiders return 24 letterwinners from talented 2020 squad.
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball team held its first team practice of the fall on Thursday afternoon inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders are set to return 24 letterwinners from last year’s talented club that had a promising campaign cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tech finished the year with a 16-3 mark while earning its first No. 1 ranking since 1997.
The 2021 season will mark the ninth under head coach Tim Tadlock, who has taken the program to four College World Series in the last six full seasons and won three Big 12 titles since 2016.
An impressive mix of veteran experience and young talent will be back for 2021, headlined perhaps by 2020 All-Americans Micah Dallas and Cal Conley. Dallas will lead a pitching staff that saw its top two starters drafted in the first three rounds of the MLB Draft, while Conley will look to follow up an impressive freshman season while setting the table for what looks to be another deep lineup.
Dallas will certainly have backup on the mound as both midweek starters return in right-hander Hunter Dobbins and lefty Mason Montgomery. Additionally, an experienced bullpen will be led by the likes of Jakob Brustoski, Andrew Devine, Kurt Wilson, Connor Queen and Ryan Sublette. The Red Raiders also bulked up its staff with 17 new arms from the nation’s ninth-ranked recruiting class.
The Red Raider lineup will return nearly all of its production outside of senior Brian Klein, who signed a free agent deal with the Nationals. Conley will be joined by seven other Red Raiders who started at least 12 of its completed 19 games last season, including veterans Dylan Neuse, Braxton Fulford, Cole Stilwell, Cody Masters, Dru Baker and Max Marusak. Freshmen standouts Jace Jung, Nate Rombach and Dillon Carter will also be heavily in the mix.
Tech’s fall schedule will be announced at a later date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all practices and scrimmages are closed until further notice.