Baseball Weekend Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers



Texas Tech is looking for its first postseason birth since 2004.

Texas Tech is looking for its first postseason birth since 2004.

It’s no secret the 2014 Red Raider baseball team is one that Texas Tech fans haven’t seen in quite some time. Head coach Tim Tadlock has helped guide his team to a 37-16 record, the best since 2004 when the Red Raiders posted a 40-21 record.

While the Red Raiders are all but a lock for a regional birth, their upcoming series with the West Virginia Mountaineers will have an effect on both the Big 12 tournament and regional seeding in the coming weeks.

The Mountaineers (27-21, 9-11) have had an up and down season and are listed as a team that “has work to do” in College Baseball Daily’s latest regional projection. While their chances of making a regional this year are slim, their upcoming series with the Red Raiders could improve their Big 12 tournament seeding and thus provide them with a better chance at an automatic postseason bid by winning in Bricktown, starting Wednesday, May 21st.

Both teams were swept in consecutive weekends by the Kansas Jayhawks and would like to get back into the swing of things by gathering a series win starting tomorrow.

The Red Raiders were able to get the sour taste of defeat out of their collective mouths by drubbing the Dallas Baptist Patriots 18-3 last Tuesday.

For Tech, sweeping or even just winning this series could put them in the conversation for hosting a regional after they travel to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 tournament. Either way, the last three games of the season for both teams has big time implications.

The Red Raiders will host West Virginia as the Mountaineers baseball team makes its first ever trip to Lubbock on Thursday. If recent history tells us anything, WVU will have a tough time beating Tech at home, where the Red Raiders are 28-4 this season.

Dates/Times/Probable Starter:

Thursday, May 15/ 6:37p.m./ Corey Taylor RHP

Friday, May 16/ 6:30 p.m./ Chris Sadberry LHP

Saturday, May 17/ 2:05 p.m. / Dylan Dusek LHP

You can catch the Friday game on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and all three games on the radio (Texas Tech Sports Network). West Virginia leads the all time series 2-1 with their series win in Morgantown last year.

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