League Opener Set At Dan Law Field

<p>Texas Tech's 24th-ranked baseball team opens Big 12 play at home Friday in the first of a three-game series. The meeting marks the second time Texas A&M and Tech have played a conference-opener; this year A&M comes to Dan Law field bearing a No. 8 ranking in national polls.

Texas Tech comes to the game with a 15-5 season record. The Red Raiders' last scheduled non-conference match, against the Houston Cougars in Midland on Tuesday night, was cancelled because of inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.

A&M brings in a 16-5 record after dropping the Texas State Bobcats Tuesday, 9-3. Every Aggie who started got at least one hit in the game, and A&M scored in every inning except the fifth and ninth. Starter Austin Creps pitched six innings to lift the No. 8th-ranked Aggies to the win.

Tech had undertaken a five-game road trip meant to culminate in the game against Houston at the First American Bank Ballpark. Weathered out of the last match of the journey, the Red Raiders retain a three-for-four record in their most recent games. The Red Raiders lost to then-24th-ranked TCU Tuesday in the road opener, followed by a 6-1 road loss to then-20th USC Friday.

The lone win of the trip came Saturday when Tech pulled off a 14-10 comeback against UC-Irvine. Sunday the 9th-ranked Shockers of Wichita State needed 10 innings to overcome the Red Raiders. Though all three losses came to teams in the Top 25, Tech looks to improve in conference play.

First pitch in the series is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday. A&M head coach Mark Johnson is in his 20th year at the Aggie helm, with an overall .675 record (846-408-2). Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays is in his 19th year with the Red Raiders, where he recently notched his 1,400th career win. He came into the season as the winningest coach in the program's history with 696 wins, after setting the all-time program-best winning record at Lubbock Christian University with 695.

Tickets are on sale through the Tech ticket office, www.texastech.com, or through Select-A-Seat locations including area United Supermarkets. Fans can phone 806 742-TECH or 1-888-GOBIG12.

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