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Big 12 baseball Q&A: Texas Tech's Cameron Warren

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Texas Tech's Cameron Warren, who played at Carl Albert High School, slides into second base game TCU on  May 18 in Lubbock, Texas. [Sam Grenadier/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP]
Texas Tech's Cameron Warren, who played at Carl Albert High School, slides into second base game TCU on May 18 in Lubbock, Texas. [Sam Grenadier/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP]

Until Wednesday, Cameron Warren hadn’t been a part of a Texas Tech victory on the first day of the Big 12 Tournament.

Despite finishing third last season and first in 2017, the Red Raiders had lost on each of the past two first days of the event and headed home by Friday night each time.

But Wednesday, the Texas Tech first baseman and former Carl Albert star played a big role as the Red Raiders broke that streak with a 7-4 win over Kansas State at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

After the win, Warren spoke with The Oklahoman about his season and what led him to Texas Tech.

What’s it like to be back here for this tournament and how many friends and family did you have out today?

It’s always fun playing back home. Today, was probably just 10 or so but there’ll be more. It was a day game today so people were at work and stuff.

How’d you wind up at Texas Tech?

When I went to Seminole, I tore my labrum and my rotator cuff so I redshirted for one year and then only DH'd my sophomore year. (Former OU player and assistant coach) Ray Hayward gave me a call. It was a good fit, it was close to home and they were about to go to the College World Series.

What was the biggest different for you this season, where you came into the tournament hitting .354 with 65 RBIs?

Just a better approach and I’ve gotten a lot better with my confidence in my time here at Tech.

What was it like last season playing in the College World Series?

It was probably the best atmosphere — best environment — I’ve ever been in in my life. It was exciting. There was a lot of people there. You got treated really well and playing in the biggest stage in college baseball.

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