TUCSON, Ariz. — The Texas Tech baseball team was ranked preseason No. 4, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Monday in its annual NCAA Division I preseason baseball poll. It is the fifth consecutive year the Red Raiders enter the season ranked in the top five by CB Newspaper.
The publication started the Red Raiders at No. 4 prior to the 2021 season, No. 3 before 2020, No. 4 in 2019, and No. 5 in 2018.
Texas Tech enters the 2022 season with 22 Red Raiders from a 2021 team that finished as high as No. 11 in the final rankings last season, and advanced as a national seed to the Super Regionals. After Texas Tech turned in the second-most Major League Baseball Draft selections of any team in the country this past summer, there remains no shortage of talent for 10th-year head coach Tim Tadlock as validated by Monday’s rankings.
Texas Tech is one of four teams ranked inside Collegiate Baseball’s Top 25, led by Texas at No. 1, and followed by No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 13 TCU.
The Red Raiders open the season at home with No. 32 Dallas Baptist, as ranked by CB Newspaper, on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. It follows the team’s first weekend on the diamond, which is the 2022 State Farm College Baseball Showdown, Feb. 18-20, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. That series will pit the Red Raiders against CB Newspaper ranked teams No. 22 Arizona, No. 30 Michigan, as well as Auburn.
About Collegiate Baseball News
Collegiate Baseball newspaper is a tabloid publication based in Tucson, Arizona that is dedicated to covering college and high school baseball nationwide. The publication was established in 1957 and is published twice a month from January to May and once in June, July, September and October (14 issues total).
The Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll is college sports’ oldest baseball poll. Aside from the Division 1 poll, Collegiate Baseball carries the polls for NCAA Divisions II & III, NAIA, the NJCAA divisions and California & Pacific Association divisions. In 1984, the publication started the first national high school poll.
Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics