Four Raiders Named as California Collegiate All-Stars

Four Raiders Named as California Collegiate All-Stars

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Four members of the Texas Tech baseball program -- Tanner Gardner, Tyler Neslony, Stephen Smith and Johnathon Tripp -- were selected to the California Collegiate League All-Star rosters that were announced on Monday.

The CCL All-Star Game and Prospect Showcase will take place July 15 at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. First pitch is slated for 9 p.m. CT with coverage provided on FOX Sports West.
Garnder, Tripp and Smith will all be part of the CCL North roster while Neslony will be the lone Texas Tech representative on the CCL South team. Texas Tech led all schools nationally with its four selections.

This is the second-consecutive year where multiple Red Raiders have been named to the CCL All-Star rosters as Matt Withrow and Matt Custred were selected in 2014. Custred went on to earn Most Valuable Player honors after tossing three strong innings in an eventual 4-4 tie.

Neslony is currently among the CCL offensive leaders this summer as the junior outfielder is hitting .379 in 17 games for Santa Barbara Foresters. He has also added a pair of doubles and two triples while driving in 12 runs for the Foresters who currently sit atop the CCL standings with a 23-4 record.

Garnder is similarly having a successful summer at the plate playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues. Through 22 games this summer, Gardner is hitting .390 overall with five doubles and a team-leading 19 RBI for a Blues team that is 20-8 overall.

Smith, meanwhile, has totaled a .305 average for the Neptune Beach Pearl where he has driven in 13 runs in 24 games. Smith, who was among the NCAA leaders in free passes this past season, has once again demonstrated his patience at the plate as he has drawn 17 walks already while connecting on four extra-base hits.

Smith is joined on the Pearl roster by Tripp, who is 1-1 near the midway point of the season with a 2.08 earned-run average over his 26 complete innings. He has been among the most accurate pitchers in the league with 30 strikeouts to just three walks issued.

The 60 players selected to represent the two CCL All-Star teams by chosen by the league's head coaches. The two teams were assembled not by geographic location but, instead, for competitive balance.

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