1998 Texas Tech Alumni Baseball Team Announced
Game vs. Red Raiders set for Saturday.
Jan. 30, 1998
Gary Ashby (1974-77), 1B, Lubbock, Texas
Only former Red Raider to have served as the school's head coach from
1984-86 ... his team led nation in hitting and home runs in 1984 ...
two-time All-SWC selection at first base in 1976 and 1977 ... selected for
All-Region and All-America honors in 1977 ... three triples in game tied a
school record ... played professionally in San Diego Padres organization
and reached Class AAA level.
Kent Blasingame (1991-92), OF, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Led SWC in stolen bases in 1992 and broke school stolen base record as a
senior ... tied for school record with four stolen bases in one game ...
named to All-SWC team as a senior in 1992 ... went 44-55 in stolen bases as
a senior ... plays in Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Ryan Brewer (1996), RHP, Denton, Texas
Posted 10-3 record with one save as a senior after pitching just 19.2
innings as a junior when he was 1-0 with a 5.12 ERA ... led SWC in ERA in
1996 for all games ... named to SWC Second team in 1996 ... ranked among
Texas Tech career leaders in winning percentage ... ranked among Texas Tech
season leaders in winning percentage, victories, innings pitched and bases
on balls per nine IP ... lowered ERA to 3.53 in 1996 and threw 104.2
innings, second most on team ... drafted by Kansas City Royals in 1996.
Saul Bustos (1993-94), SS, Odessa, Texas
Two-time All-SWC performer at shortstop ... named to All-League honors at
third base as a junior and shortstop as a senior ... earned SWC
All-Tournament as a senior ... named All America honorable mention
performer in 1994 ... selected All America in 1993 ... voted 1993 SWC
Newcomer of the Year ... hit 21 home runs in two seasons at Texas Tech ...
playing in Chicago Cubs organization from 1996.
Brad Davis (1996), OF, Fort Walton Beach, Calif.
Played only one year at Texas Tech ... hit .347 with four home runs and 39
RBI ... started 60 games.
Joe Dillon (1996-97), 1B-3B, Santa Rosa, Calif.
One of Texas Tech's all-time great power hitters ... named First Team All
America by The Sporting News and NCBWA in 1997 ... selected to Baseball
America, ABCA and Collegiate Baseball second team All America honors in
1997 ... named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (April 7,
1997) ... selected consensus All-Big 12 Conference, Big 12 All-Tournament
team and All-Midwest Region team in 1997 ... named Big 12 Player of the
Year by conference coaches in 1997 ... broke three school records as a
senior in 1997: season home runs (33), season total bases (214), season
slugging percentage (.939) ... ranked among nation's leaders in four
categories in 1997: 10th in RBI (89), 3rd in home runs (33), 19th in runs
scored (1.40 pg) and 4th in slugging percentage (.939) ... drafted in
seventh round of 1997 draft by Kansas City Royals.
Trey Forkerway (1992-93), 2B, Abilene, Texas
Named All-SWC second baseman by Associated Press and UPI ... selected to
All-SWC Tournament team in 1993 ... named Austin American-Statesman Utility
Player of the Year in 1993 ... his .310 batting average was second on team
in 1992 ... hit .332 with a team-high 55 RBI in 1993.
Jimmy Frush (1994-97), RHP, Abilene, Texas
Two-time GTE Academic All America ... received prestigious GTE Baseball
Academic All America of the Year for NCAA Division I baseball, honoring the
nation's best baseball player/academic student ... honored with Big 12
Conference Postgraduate Scholarship Award for academics ... member of Texas
Tech 20-career victory club ... selected to 1996 All-Region baseball team
... three-time academic all-conference recipient including 1997 Big 12
All-Conference academic first team honors ... two-time All-SWC First Team
honoree ... selected as All-SWC reliever in 1995 ... majored in history
with an English minor ... nicknamed "The Reverend" ... drafted by
Philadelphia Phillies in 1997 and by the Florida Marlins (43rd round) in
Jerry Haggard (1967-69), 2B, Lubbock, Texas
Selected for All America Second Team honors in 1969 as a senior, the
first-ever Texas Tech player to be named All America ... selected All-SWC
Player of the Year in 1969 ... inducted into Texas Tech Athletic Hall of
Fame in 1987 ... All-SWC selection in both 1968 and 1969 ... Texas Tech's
first-ever all-conference player ... won SWC batting championship in 1969
(league games only) with .400 BA ... selected All America in 1969 ... led
SWC in hitting in 1969 with .400 BA and 24 hits ... played basketball for
Robin Harriss (1993-94), C, San Angelo, Texas
Helped lead Texas Tech to 40-17 record in final season ... selected to
All-SWC Post-Season Tournament honors as senior ... named All-SWC by the
Dallas Morning News in 1994 ... team finished 83-30 in two years as Tech's
catcher ... played in Cleveland Indians organization in 1996.
Todd Howey (1983-85), OF, Houston, Texas
Currently serves as head coach at West Texas A&M University ... two-time
All-SWC selection for Red Raiders ... named Freshman of the Year in 1983
... helped lead Tech to national batting and slugging percentage titles as
a sophomore ... won SWC batting title with .432 BA in league games in 1985
... co-recordholder for home runs in a single game with four ... played in
Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Matt Kastelic (1995-96), OF, Anaheim, Calif.
Ranked No. 10 in nation in stolen bases per game and 14th in nation in
hitting as senior ... named SWC Newcomer of the Year in 1995 ... All
America selection and two-time All-SWC selection in 1995 and 1996 ... named
All-Region in 1996 ... two-time All-SWC Tournament honoree ... selected to
Second Team Smith Super Team ... won SWC batting title for all games in
1995 ... drafted in 24th round in 1996 draft by Tampa Bay Devil Rays ...
was a contestant on the Price is Right television game show last year but
didn't win a round.
George Kilford (1992-93), INF, Austin, Texas
Holds Texas Tech all-time season record for on-base percentage (.600) set
in 1993 ... ranked eighth in season bases-on-balls (47) in 1993 ... hit
.282 for his two-career at Texas Tech.
Mitch King (1993-94), OF, Camarillo, Calif.
Hit .296 for his two-year career at Texas Tech ... batted .297, stole 10
bases, scored 26 runs and banged out 33 hits in 1994 ... hit .294 along
with 11 steals and 28 runs in 1993.
David Lindstrom (1994-96), C, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Two-time ABCA all-region team selection ... two-time All-SWC selection in
1995 and 1996 ... selected to Third Team Smith Super Team in 1996 ...
ranked in several Texas Tech career categories including games played, runs
scored, doubles (second with 43), home runs, runs batted in, total bases
and slugging percentage ... hit 31 home runs over last two seasons ... had
only 2 errors in 599 fielding opportunities as a senior ... drafted in 21st
round by Detroit Tigers in 1996.
Matt Miller (1994-96), LHP, Lubbock, Texas
Named All America in both 1995 and 1996 ... earned All America honors in
1996 by Collegiate Baseball (Third Team) ... Smith Super Team third team
recipient in 1996 ... named GTE Academic All America in 1996 ... named ABCA
All-Region in 1996 ... two-time All-SWC recipient ... four-time U.S.
Olympic Trial invitee ... played with USA Baseball over three years ...
finished career with most career victories at Texas Tech (25) ... struck
out 113 batters in 110.2 innings as a senior and notched a 3.98 ERA ...
tied for seventh nationally with 12 victories in 1996 ... member of
20-victory club ... holds Texas Tech season records for victories (12) and
is listed in virtually every category ... holds Texas Tech career pitching
records for victories (25) and is listed on several other Red Raider lists
... drafted in second round of 1996 MLB draft by Detroit Tigers, the second
highest a Texas Tech player has ever been drafted ... had surgery on
throwing elbow after signing with Detroit.
Eric Newman (1994), RHP, Fremont, Calif.
Played just one season for Red Raiders in 1994 ... won last four decisions
that season including 4-2 win over Texas ... appeared in 14 games and
posted 5-3 record ... had 51 strikeouts in 35 walks ... plays in San Diego
Johnny Owens (1968-71), INF, Fort Worth, Texas
Named All-SWC in 1971 after senior season ... inducted into Texas Tech
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 after his four-year baseball career ... hit
.328 (40-122) in 1971 along with 26 RBI, a team-leading 10 doubles and 22
Jeff Peck (1994-97), LHP, Denton, Texas
Selected All-SWC in 1995 ... had two back-to-back outstanding years for
Texas Tech in 1995 and 1996 after compiling a 17-4 record over those two
years ... almost reached 20-victory club in career, finished with 19-6
overall career record and 4.76 ERA ... struck out 151 batters over
four-year career ... ranked among Texas Tech all-time career leaders in
appearances, games started, victories (19), winning percentage, innings
pitched and strikeouts ... ranked among season pitching leaders in
victories, winning percentage and innings pitched.
Wes Shook (1991-92), 1B, Lamesa, Texas
Two-time All-SWC First Team honoree ... hit .313 for his career at Texas
Tech ... among career leaders in at-bats, hits, home runs and RBI ... hit
.322 along with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 1991 ... hit .304 in 1992 along
with 48 RBI.
Chris Shuffield (1997), OF-1B, Lubbock, Texas
Played only one season at Texas Tech after transferring in from Lubbock
Christian University ... lefthander who played his entire career in
Lubbock, Texas from Monterey High School to Lubbock Christian to Texas Tech
... NAIA All America selection at Lubbock Christian ... hit .350 (35-100)
and banged out 7 doubles and 5 home runs in one season with the Red
Travis Smith (1994-95), RHP, Bend, Ore.
Named Second Team All-SWC in 1995 ... big-time performer when the it counts
as he was named twice to the All-SWC Tournament team in 1994 and 1995 ...
among Texas Tech season leaders in appearances, victories, winning
percentage and innings pitched ... among Texas Tech career leaders in
appearances, victories, winning percentage, complete games, innings
pitched, bases on balls per nine IP and strikeouts ... notched 18 victories
in short two-year career.
Rodney Steph (1988-91), RHP, Houston/Katy, Texas
Holds Red Raider career records for innings pitched (335.0) and games
started (53) ... finished with 21-21 career record, just one short of
record at the time ... posted 9-5 record with 2.69 ERA and finished with
one save as a senior ... played in Atlanta Braves organization in 1996 and
was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1990.