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Annual Alumni Game to Kick off Baseball Season

Twenty-three former Red Raiders to play

Jan. 30, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - Twenty-three Texas Tech baseball alumni are expected to make their homecoming to Texas Tech on Saturday as they will play the 1998 Texas Tech baseball team in the annual Red Raider alumni game at Dan Law Field beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. Admission is free for the event.

Highlighting Texas Tech's alumni roster are first baseman Joe Dillon and outfielder Matt Kastelic. Dillon erupted with a huge season in 1997 for Texas Tech when he was named All America and Big 12 Player of the Year after hitting .393 and broke Tech season records for home runs (33), total bases (215) and slugging percentage (.939). He ranked third nationally in home runs, 10th in RBI (89) and fourth in slugging percentage. Kastelic was an All America selection and won the SWC batting title in 1996. He is currently Texas Tech's all-time leader in career stolen bases.

Alumni member Todd Howey, who played at Tech from 1983-85, will get a firsthand look at Texas Tech from a playing standpoint. Howey is the head coach at West Texas A&M, the school Texas Tech opens its regular season home schedule against on Feb. 6-8. Another alumni player, Gary Ashby, is a former Texas Tech coach and player.

Texas Tech Alumni slated to play in the alumni game

Player Name, Position, Years Played at Tech

Gary Ashby,      1B,        1974-77

Kent Blasingame, OF,        1991-92

Ryan Brewer,    RHP,        1995-96

Saul Bustos,     SS,        1993-94

Brad Davis,      OF,        1996

Joe Dillon,      1B,        1996-97

Trey Forkerway, INF, 2B,    1992-93

Jimmy Frush,    RHP,        1994-97

Robin Harriss,   C,         1993-94

Todd Howey,      OF,        1983-85

Matt Kastelic,   OF,        1995-96

George Kilford, INF,        1992-93

David Lindstrom, C,         1994-96

Matt Miller,    LHP,        1994-96

Eric Newman,    RHP,        1994

Johnny Owens,   INF,        1968-71

Jeff Peck,      LHP,        1994-97

Wes Shook,       1B,        1991-92

Chris Shuffield,OF-INF,     1997

Travis Smith,   RHP,        1994-95

Rodney Steph,   RHP,        1988-91 

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