Baseball Announces 2009 Schedule|
Sept. 15, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Head Baseball Coach Dan Spencer and the athletics department announced a 55-game schedule today for the upcoming 2009 baseball season. The schedule is one game under the 56-game limit set by the NCAA and Texas Tech will announce a single game addition once details have been completed.
Spencer, who was named head coach back on June 13, begins his first season in 2009 and will face a challenging schedule in his first year including a game against Oregon State where he spent 11 seasons before moving to the South Plains. The 2009 slate includes seven teams who advanced to the NCAA Tournament, 26 home games and an eight-game (11-day) road swing through California.
"I think this schedule is going to be very good for this team," said head coach Dan Spencer. "We will have a mix of new and returning players and I think that the fact this schedule is road heavy will make us tougher at the end of the season. We have some tough games on the schedule and I really hope our fans will buy into what we are trying to accomplish here and turn out in huge numbers every time we play at Dan Law Field. Our fans really helped us win some big ballgames last year and their support it critical to our success both on the field and on the recruiting front."
The Red Raiders will open up the season at home on Friday, Feb. 20 as Tech will play a split doubleheader against Southern Utah and Texas-Pan American. Tech will play a total of four games on opening weekend as the Red Raiders will face Southern Utah on Saturday and Texas-Pan American on Sunday to complete the opener. The New Mexico Lobos will come to Dan Law Field in the midweek for a two-game series (Feb. 25-25) to wrap up what will be a six-game homestand to open the 2009 campaign.
Texas Tech will then hit the road for an 11-day, eight-game road swing through the state of California where the Red Raiders will face Cal-State Northridge in a three-game series (Feb. 27-March 1) in Northridge and then a single-game at UC-Riverside on Tuesday, March 3. Tech will wrap up its trip to California with a five-day stay in Palm Springs (Palm Springs Baseball Invitational) where the Red Raiders will play four games in four days against San Francisco, UC-Riverside, Gonzaga and Oregon State. The Oregon State game will pit Spencer against his former Beavers, a team he helped lead to back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. The regular-season swing through California will be the first for the Red Raiders since the 2001 season.
Following a home game against Dallas Baptist, an NCAA Tournament team from 2008 on March 11, the Red Raiders will open up the Big 12 portion of its schedule with a three-game series at Dan Law Field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (March 13-15). Texas Tech will find itself on the short end of the league schedule in 2009 as the Red Raiders hit the road for five Big 12 series' while hosting only four at the friendly confines of Dan Law Field. Texas Tech's road Big 12 schedule in 2009 will includes stops at Baylor (March 20-22), Texas (March 27-29), Oklahoma (April 10-12), Missouri (April 24-26) and Kansas State (May 8-10). Texas Tech's home Big 12 schedule includes Nebraska (March 13-15), Texas A&M (April 3-5), Kansas (April 17-19) and Oklahoma State (May 15-17).
One of the highlights of the 2009 schedule will be an all Lubbock game on March 24 as the Red Raiders will face NAIA powerhouse Lubbock Christian University at Dan Law Field. The two teams have not met since April 13, 1993, when the Red Raiders posted an 8-2 win over the Chaps.
A noticeable change to the home Big 12 schedule comes in the form of game times as the Red Raiders will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday's, 5 p.m. on Saturday's and 1 p.m. on Sunday's. Game times for all non-conference and road Big 12 series will be announced in early December.
Season ticket renewals will begin on Dec. 1 while new season tickets will go on sale to the public on Dec. 8. Individual game tickets will go on sale Feb. 16. For the latest information on Texas Tech Baseball, log on to www.texastech.com.
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