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Dec. 17, 1997

Texas Tech Baseball 17th in Pre-Season Poll

Ginter and Bard Named to Collegiate Baseball's Preseason All-American Teams

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball team was ranked 17th nationally in the 1998 Pre-Season NCAA Division I Baseball Poll by Collegiate Baseball today. Senior second baseman Keith Ginter (Fullerton, Calif.) was named to the publication's All-American first team and sophomore catcher Josh Bard (Englewood, Colo.) earned third team honors.

"It's nice to have that type of respect," said head coach Larry Hays. "Hopefully we'll live up to those expectations."

The rankings were based on a point system and performances from last season. Stanford was placed first in the poll with 490 points after finishing with a 45-20 record in 1997, followed by Louisiana State. Texas Tech sits 17th with 438 points, ending 46-14 last year and claiming the inaugural Big 12 Conference title. Other Big 12 schools making the list of 40 were Oklahoma State (7th), Oklahoma (12th), Texas A&M (24th), Baylor (25th) and Texas (31st).

Ginter is joined by 15 others on the first team roster. Last year, he was ranked 18th nationally in batting average (.426) and fifth nationally in runs scored per game (1.55). He ended with two triples, 17 runs scored and 77 RBI.

Bard, Texas Tech's starting catcher, was one of two in that position to be named to the third team. He completed his freshman season with 13 runs and 69 RBI.

The Texas Tech squad begins the 1998 schedule on February 3 at New Mexico. The team's first home stand starts February 6 with games against West Texas A&M.

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