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Texas Tech Baseball Picked 14th in D1Baseball Preseason Poll

The Red Raiders are one of two Big 12 teams in the preseason top 25.

D1Baseball released their preseason predictions and they have Texas Tech as the #14 team in the nation heading into the 2017 season. Texas Tech finished 4th in the D1Baseball poll to end the year and lost a lot offensively. However, the Red Raiders return two freshmen All-Americans in Davis Martin and Steven Gingery to headline a very strong pitching staff.

As the official site notes, in addition to the return of Martin and Gingery, also returning is All-American outfielder Tanner Gardner:

The Red Raiders return 17 letterwinners from last year’s championship squad, including All-American outfielder Tanner Gardner and Freshman All-Americans Steven Gingery and Davis Martin.

Gardner became the 34th All-America honoree in school history with his nod from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after tallying a team-high .379 batting average with 89 hits, including 19 doubles, six triples and three home runs, along with 35 RBI and 55 runs scored. He was also a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection.

Gingery and Martin became the 13th & 14th Freshman All-Americans in the program record books after a strong debut season in the scarlet & black. Gingery led the Red Raiders with 63 strikeouts after putting together a 4-2 record overall, including a spotless 3-0 conference record and a 1.85 ERA. Martin also had a clean Big 12 mark going 6-0 in league play on his way to a 10-1 overall record.

The Red Raiders are one of only two Big 12 teams in the preseason top 25. TCU is ranked #1 and other than the Red Raiders, there are no other Big 12 teams appearing.

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