Texas Tech baseball has had their moments as a program. Under longtime head coach Larry Hays, for example, they had an outstanding stretch between 1995 and 2002 where they got into a regional each year, won 40 or more games in all but one season, and finished first or second in their league four times. And even beyond that, they’ve always been a solid program in the modern era of college baseball.
But over the last six years, under head coach Tim Tadlock, the results and expectations around Lubbock have changed. They’ve been to the College World Series three times in the last five years, including a trip this past season, which might have seemed entirely unlikely early in the year, when they lost ace pitcher Steven Gingery for the season. That success has led to them becoming one of those programs that has earned the benefit of the doubt. Even in years after they suffer heavy roster attrition, as they did thanks to the draft and graduation after last season, you expect them to be right back in the thick of things the very next season, and that will be the expectation for 2019.
The topics discussed on this episode include:
- The historical context for Texas Tech’s success under Tim Tadlock
- How impressive their run to Omaha was when you consider that they were without Steven Gingery basically all season
- The story of Dylan Dusek, who has been on all three of Tech’s Omaha teams
- The roster attrition that Tech will face after the draft and graduation hit them hard
- How the program has earned the benefit of the doubt, given how often they’ve met or exceeded expectations in recent years
- Position battles to watch in the fall
- Lubbock food recommendations