HODGETOWN’s “Red Dirt Rivalry” baseball game presented by Amarillo National Bank scheduled for April 20 between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma Sooners will be nationally televised on ESPNU and is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. CST. The live event on ESPNU will also be available on the
HODGETOWN’s “Red Dirt Rivalry” baseball game presented by Amarillo National Bank scheduled for April 20 between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma Sooners will be nationally televised on ESPNU and is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. CST. The live event on ESPNU will also be available on the ESPN App to authenticated pay TV subscribers.
"We are thrilled to have ESPN capture this momentous event at HODGETOWN," said Sod Poodles President and General Manager Tony Ensor. “This will be our first National TV broadcast in our ballpark’s history and we couldn’t be prouder to showcase all that HODGETOWN and the City of Amarillo have to offer!”
The No. 8 ranked Red Raiders currently hold a 20-6 overall record (3-3 conference) and are led by Head Coach Tim Tadlock, who has taken his team to four College World Series in the last seven years and claimed three of the last four Big 12 Championships. Texas Tech went 16-3 in their abbreviated 2020 campaign, finishing fourth overall in the final D1Baseball.com rankings.
Oklahoma, who currently holds a 14-14 overall record (1-5 conference), has won two baseball national titles (1951 and 1994) and participated in 38 NCAA Tournaments and 10 College World Series, are in their fourth season under head coach Skip Johnson. The Sooners completed the shortened 2020 season with a 14-4 record and were ranked as high as No. 9 in the national polls.
HODGETOWN, home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles and newest Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is the newest sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Amarillo, Texas. With state-of-the-art facilities and an unprecedented commitment to quality and service, HODGETOWN is considered one of the finest sports venues in baseball, being voted as Ballpark Digest’s Double-A Ballpark of the Year in 2019. The venue features a full range of programming that includes professional and affiliated baseball as well as community-based events like high school and college games, fundraisers, private events, concerts, and much more. HODGETOWN was awarded the 2019 Texas Downtown Association President’s Award for “Best New Construction” and the 2020 Texas Downtown Association President’s Award “Best Economic Gamechanger” in a city of more than 50,000 population.
The matchup marks the first time since 1979 that Texas Tech baseball will play a game at the home of an Amarillo professional baseball franchise. The first game was played in 1976 and the second in 1979 at Potter County Memorial Stadium, both being played against the Amarillo Gold Sox.
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ESPNU launched March 4, 2005, with the 24-hour college sports television network televising more than 750 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier collegiate and high school programming, including elite football, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer and gymnastic events. ESPNU, as part of ESPN’s wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA, has extensive coverage of NCAA Championship events.