LUBBOCK, Texas – For the fourth time in five years, the Texas Tech baseball team has been named a top-8 national seed with a No. 8 selection and a matchup with Army on Friday at 11 a.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, the NCAA Selection Committee announced today.
The Red Raiders will also host UCLA and North Carolina, who will face off at 6 p.m. (CT) in the first day of NCAA Regional action. Tech’s opener against Army will air on ESNPU, and the full Lubbock Regional will be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. Each Tech game can also be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM, the Double T 97.3 app, the TuneIn app and at TexasTech.com.
A top-10 team for the majority of the season, the Red Raiders (36-15) were one of 16 regional hosts selected on Sunday night by the by the NCAA baseball selection committee. Texas Tech is the only team in the country hosting an NCAA Regional for the fifth straight tournament. It marks the first time in school history Tech has hosted five-consecutive years, and the eighth overall. The Red Raiders have played regional action in Lubbock in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.
This year marks the 15th overall berth in an NCAA Regional for Texas Tech. It is the fifth straight postseason Tech has been named a national seed, and the fourth time to earn a top-8 position. The Red Raiders were the No. 5 national seed in 2016 and 2017, and the No. 8 national seed in 2019 and 2021. Tech was also slotted as the No. 9 seed in 2018.
For the second straight regional, the Red Raiders will open up against the Black Knights of Army West Point. Friday will mark the 3rd overall meeting between the two teams. Tech defeated Army, 11-2, in the 2019 Lubbock Regional to begin its run to the College World Series. Army (28-23) has won three Patriot League titles in the last four seasons.
Both coasts are represented with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Lubbock Regional. UCLA (35-18) heads to Lubbock as the No. 2 seed following a fourth-place finish in the PAC-12 after they were slotted as the preseason No. 3 club in the nation to start the year. Tech is 1-0 all-time against the Bruins with the only other meeting coming in 1999. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have faced North Carolina (27-25) twice in its history, most recently in the 1998 Coral Gables Regional, taking a 6-2 win in the first round.
Season Ticket holders and Red Raider club members may request tickets online at TexasTech.com and have until Tuesday, June 1, at 5 p.m., to request all-session tickets to the regional. The Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office will be open on Monday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist fans.
Tech is offering only all-session passes at this time. If seats remain following the season ticket holder/Red Raider Club priority request period, all remaining all-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 2, at 8:30 a.m.
Season ticket holders/Red Raider Club members who held reserved parking for the 2021 season are encouraged to hold on to those passes as they will be valid throughout the postseason. Tech will also offer complimentary parking in the commuter lots located near Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park similar to the regular season.
In addition, Tech has held 300 complimentary seats for students. Ticket information will be emailed to students on Tuesday. Only students who paid the athletic fee in the spring semester are eligible for the student tickets.
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