OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 8 Texas Tech baseball team begins its fourth NCAA Men's College World Series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. CT first pitch against Michigan on ESPN at T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
The Red Raiders (44-18) and Wolverines (46-20) will kick off the opening round of the 2019 CWS. The two clubs are matched up with No. 5 Arkansas and Florida State, who will play at 6 p.m. Saturday. The contests are televised on ESPN.
TTU is making its fourth trip to the College World Series in program history, doing so for the first time in an odd year. Tech is one of just three programs with four appearances in Omaha in the last six seasons, advancing in 2014, 2016 and 2018 prior to this season.
The appearance is the 26th for the Big 12 since 1999 and at least the sixth consecutive year a Conference team has reached Omaha.
This will be Tech’s first CWS to play on the opening day of the event and its second to be designated as the home team for its opener. The Red Raiders were also the home team against TCU in 2016. The matchup with Michigan also marks the third time Tech will start with a team it faced during the regular season.
The fourth berth was won on June 9 after a three-game series with Oklahoma State in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Tech closed out an 8-6 win on Friday before falling, 5-6, on Saturday to force a decisive finale. In a back-and-forth affair, Tech landed the winner with Kurt Wilson’s three-run blast in the eighth that put Tech ahead 8-6.
The Red Raiders turn their attention to a familiar opponent in Michigan. Tech hosted the Wolverines in Lubbock in March and swept a three-game series, outscoring the Maize and Blue 29-10. This is the eighth CWS appearance for Michigan and its first since 1984. Tech holds a 7-0 lead against the Wolverines in the all-time series.