Hanslik makes plans to play baseball for Texas Tech

Nick Hanslik signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Texas Tech University Monday at the Frenship media center.

Hanslik is a four-year letterman and leads the Frenship baseball team with a .427 batting average, five home runs, six doubles, 10 triples and 48 RBIs. He was also a three-year starter on the football team at linebacker, receiver and quarterback.

He decided last week to commit to Texas Tech.

“It is a good opportunity for me to stay in town so my parents and friends will be able to come and watch me play,” he said.

Hanslik was considering attending the University of Houston as a walk-on, but Tech offered him a scholarship.

Chad Reynolds, Frenship head coach, played for Texas Tech from 1996-2000, and Chris Richburg, former Frenship standout, is currently playing for Tech.

“I talked a lot to Reynolds and Richburg and they helped me make my decision,” said Hanslik. “They told me to choose what I felt was best for me, but they also told me all the good things about Tech.”

Hanslik looks forward to playing for Larry Hays, Texas Tech head baseball coach.

“He is one of a kind,” said Hanslik. “His record tells you what kind of coach he is and how much he cares about winning.”

Hanslik said playing at Tech will give him the opportunity to compete alongside former rivals.

“It will be cool to play with A.J (Ramos) and Chad (Bettis),” said Hanslik.

Ramos played for Estacado and Bettis played for Monterey.

Hanslik said he is glad to finally sign with a team so he can focus on the season at hand, which continues when the Tigers face Hereford at 7 p.m. today at Levelland. Game two of the best-of-three series will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at Amarillo High, and a third game will follow if needed.

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