Hall of Fame Inductee: Shane Wright
The 2011 Texas Tech Hall of Fame Induction Class.
Oct. 3, 2011
Notables: Shane Wright was named 1st team All-American in 1998 by Collegiate Baseball, ABCA and NCBWA. His team had 14 wins that year, which remains a school record for highest single season total wins. Wright also set records for innings pitched and complete games. In 1999 he received 3rd team All-American honors. He was twice named All-Big 12 regular season and All-Tournament teams.
Wright said he couldn't believe it when he received the call saying that he was being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
After a long emotional 10 years Wright said he will be honoring his mother and best friend former Red Raider Mark Austery with his award.
"To get this award is just the icing on the cake at the place that I already fell in love with," Wright said.
While at Tech Wright and the Red Raiders captured two Big 12 titles in both the 1997 1998 seasons.
In 1997 the Red Raiders were ranked as high as No.1 in the nation, and Wright said he remembers those seasons with at least 40 or more wins along with the rowdy crowds supporting them.
"We had just a ton of good players on our team," Wright said.
"[The games] were a lot of fun. Our crowds we were probably top seven or eight in the nation in attendance, so playing in front of three or four thousand every game, five or six thousand when it was Texas A&M made it an unbelievable experience to play in."
Wright said the experience of playing elite-level teams prepared him not only for his career in the Major League Baseball, but also for life in general.
"The experience at Texas Tech was phenomenal," Wright said. "We we're put in the position to play against the best teams in the country on a daily basis. There is a lot of people leaning on you to win so yeah it was a lot of pressure and I loved it."
The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. The honorees will also be recognized prior to the Texas A&M football game the following day.