(from Texas Tech)

The Red Raiders will take on the Blue Hens on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. on WatchESPN.com.

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 5 Texas Tech baseball team kicks off action at the 2017 NCAA Lubbock Regional against Delaware on Friday, June 2, at 2 p.m., in front of a sold out Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Every game of the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament will air on the ESPN family of networks, with the Lubbock Regional on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. As always, fans can listen to Red Raider games on the Texas Tech Sports Network on 97.3 FM and the TuneIn app, while live stats will be available via NCAA.com.

The 2017 Big 12 champion Red Raiders (43-15) were named the No. 5 national seed for the second-straight year, matching the program’s highest ranking heading into postseason play. Tech hosts a familiar foe in No. 2 Arizona and in-state opponent No. 3 Sam Houston State, who will face off at 6 p.m. in the first day of NCAA Regional action.

The Red Raiders will take on fourth-seeded Delaware (34-21) for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon. The 2017 Lubbock Regional will be the first time Tech has faced any of the three schools in postseason play. Tech is 6-11 all-time against Arizona and 5-4 vs. Sam Houston State.

This year marks the 12th overall berth in an NCAA Regional by the Red Raiders. It is the second time in school history Tech has hosted a regional in back-to-back years, also doing so in 1996-97, and the fifth overall.

Delaware went 4-0 at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament to capture its first conference title in the CAA. The Blue Hens will be making their first postseason appearance since 2001.

The Wildcats (37-19) return to Lubbock, where they squared off against the Red Raiders on March 7, as Tech took a 13-1 on the Tuesday night at Rip Griffin Park. Arizona is also making its second consecutive tournament appearance and 39th overall. The Wildcats will take on the Bearkats (40-20), who won the Southland Conference championship to clinch the auto-qualifying spot. It is the second-straight NCAA tournament berth and fifth in the last six years for Sam Houston State.

Overall, Texas Tech is 26-25 in NCAA Tournament play, with an 11-8 mark in Lubbock. Since 2014 under head coach Tim Tadlock, the Red Raiders are 11-7 in postseason action.

The Blue Hens are a force at the plate, putting together a .313 team average, while holding opponents to a .258 mark. Eight student-athletes from the first state are hitting above .300 this season, led by Jeremy Ake, who has a .359 clip in 192 at-bats. Doug Trimble leads the squad in hits with 73, while Nick Patten holds the top spots in RBI (52) and runs (57).

On the mound, Delaware will turn the ball over to right-hander Ron Marinaccio, who has a 4-2 record over seven starts and 21 appearances this season. Over 58.1 innings, Marinaccio has recorded 65 strikeouts, walking 19 batters and allowing 14 runs, 12 earned, for a 1.85 ERA. As a unit, the Blue Hens have a 4.35 ERA, while their opponents are sitting at a 6.95 mark.

Out of the first base dugout, Tech is hitting .305 as a team this season, while keeping their opponents down to .240. Senior infielder Hunter Hargrove and freshman outfielder Grant Little lead the Red Raiders, both with .342 averages at the plate. Hargrove racked up a team-high 78 hits, including 24 doubles. He is eclipsed in runs scored by freshman infielder Josh Jung with 53 and RBI by junior infielder Orlando Garcia with 57.

The Red Raiders will turn to sophomore right-hander Davis Martin on the mound in the regional opener. This season, Martin is 4-2 in seven starts, making his first appearance on May 24 in Oklahoma City after two months out of action.

Earlier this week, another Tech pitcher picked up some hardware in lefty Steven Gingery. The sophomore earned first team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, making him the first since Shane Wright in 1998 to garner a first team nod from the publication. Hargrove also received recognition from CB Newspaper, posting third team accolades.

The winner of Texas Tech and Delaware will take on the winner of Arizona and Sam Houston State on Saturday, June 3, at 6 p.m., while the losers of both games will have the early game at 2 p.m.

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