Tech’s Seefeld adjusts to first base

CNJ staff

LUBBOCK — Jason Seefeld is enjoying his final season of college baseball at Texas Tech. He only wishes the Red Raiders were doing a little better as a team.

Playing first base most of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee in October, the 2004 Clovis High grad is carrying a .287 batting average this season, with 11 doubles, five homers, 26 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

Tech (17-21, 4-11 Big 12) is coming off 9-8 and 15-8 losses at UNLV this week. The Raiders step back into conference play with a three-game home series against Kansas State, starting tonight.

Seefeld played second and third during his previous three collegiate seasons, including his freshman campaign in 2005 at Arizona. Because of the knee injury, Tech coach Larry Hays moved Seefeld to first base, where there isn’t as much quick movement.

“I enjoy it over there,” Seefeld said. “It gives you more time to think about hitting, but I take pride in my defense over there.

“I’ve worked hard at rehabbing my knee.”

The Raiders need to make a move if they hope to make the eight-team Big 12 conference tournament. Currently they are ninth, but have three of their final four league series at home.

“Lately, we haven’t done too well on the road (2-11 in true road games),” Seefeld said. “Hopefully, we can get on a roll and get into the conference tournament.”

He belted his fifth homer, a three-run shot, in Wednesday’s loss at UNLV.

Seefeld played in a summer semipro league in 2007, but doesn’t know what he’ll do this year. He is scheduled to graduate from Tech in December.