LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball debuts at No. 3 in the D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 poll, the publication announced Monday morning.
D1Baseball joins Perfect Game in starting the Red Raiders at No. 3 in their respective preseason polls, while Collegiate Baseball Newspaper slotted them at No. 4.
The No. 3 preseason position matches the highest start in program history. It’s the fourth consecutive year Tech has been ranked third in the country by at least one poll.
D1Baseball has tabbed the Red Raiders at No. 3 in three of its last four preseason polls. Tech opened at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019 before entering 2020 at No. 6.
Tech is the highest of five Big 12 teams in the poll with Texas (No. 9), TCU (No. 10), West Virginia (No. 14), and Oklahoma State (No. 20) rounding out the group. Florida and UCLA top the rankings.
Individual preseason honors have already started pouring in for the Red Raiders as Micah Dallas, Dylan Neuse and Cal Conley have all received preseason All-America status. Dallas was placed on second teams by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game, while Neuse and Conley were tabbed to Collegiate Baseball’s third team.
Entering his ninth year as head coach, Tim Tadlock has established his alma mater as a national powerhouse as the Red Raiders have claimed three of the last four Big 12 titles and advanced to three of the last four College World Series. Tech opened the 2020 season with a 16-3 record and an appearance at No. 1 in the polls before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Release provided by Texas Tech Athletics Ty Parker