Texas Tech Ends Regional Drought

The Red Raiders will face Columbia 1 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Coral Gables Regional hosted by Miami (FL).

Texas Tech baseball ended a decade long NCAA regional drought Monday when the Red Raiders were announced to head to the Coral Gables Regional.

The Red Raiders last appearance in a regional came in 2004 when Tech was a two-seed in the Atlanta Regional. The Red Raiders won two games and advanced to the regional championship game, but was ousted quickly by host Georgia Tech.

This is the second time Texas Tech will play in the Coral Gables Regional with the first time coming in 1998. The Big 12 Tournament Champions were placed as a four seed in a six team regional. Tech upset the North Carolina Tar Heels in game one of the regional, but lost to South Carolina by one run. Larry Hays' squad would eventually be ousted in their third matchup by the host Miami Hurricanes by a score of 13-0.

Head coach Tim Tadlock propelled his team to major improvement with 14 more wins than in 2013. Tadlock, who once played under Larry Hays, is in his second season at the helm. The Red Raiders were able to muster up a winning record in Big 12 Conference play and notched 40 victories including five against teams who received a national seed.

The Coral Gables Regional will be hosted by the Miami Hurricanes. Joining the Red Raiders in traveling to South Florida are the Columbia Lions and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

The winner of the regional will face the victor of the Gainesville Regional, hosted by No.2 Florida. The Gainesville Regional also features Long Beach State, North Carolina and College of Charleston. Texas Tech's first game will be against the Lions, who come from the Ivy League. First Pitch is set for 1 p.m. CDT Friday.

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