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Tickets on sale for College Baseball Foundation's annual First Pitch Luncheon

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Fans anxious to see what baseball season brings to the South Plains can get a sneak peek at what the local college coaches are expecting from their teams at the College Baseball Foundation's annual First Pitch Luncheon.

Tickets are on sale now for the Jan. 25 event at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. local time and the program will begin at 12:10 p.m.

Tables of eight are available for $500, which includes a meet-and-greet session with representatives of the Texas Rangers and priority seating, or $300 for preferred seating. Individual tickets are $25.

Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by The Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, Fuddruckers, Benchmark Business Solutions, The Griffin Companies and Lubbock Sports, will benefit the College Baseball Foundation.

Featured coaches for the luncheon will be Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock, whose team is coming off consecutive Big 12 Conference championships and consecutive years as NCAA regional hosts, and Lubbock Christian University head coach Nathan Blackwood, who led the Chaparrals to a 38-16 mark, the school's first Heartland Conference regular-season championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

Representatives of the Texas Rangers also will be part of the program to preview their upcoming Major League Baseball season.

Past recipients of the Kal Segrist Award will be recognized, as well. The award, given annually since 1999, is presented to an individual who has had a positive impact on youth baseball in Lubbock over an extended period of time.

"We're excited to host this event again this year. It's a great way to get ready for baseball season," said Mike Gustafson, President/CEO of the College Baseball Foundation. "We're fortunate to have so many quality teams to root for at every level, from youth leagues to the Major Leagues. We look forward to this event each year because it means baseball season is around the corner."

For tickets or more information on the event, visit or call (806) 543-5361.

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