Seward County Community College sophomore Tanner Rindels has signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech University, to continue his academics and collegiate baseball career for the 2007-08 school year. Rindels, a First Team All-Region VI selection and unanimous First Team Jayhawk West All-Conference pick, had a standout sophomore season for the Saints leading the team in nine offensive statistical categories. Rindels will join the Texas Tech program that went 28-27 overall and finished 8-18 (10th place) in the Big 12 Conference. Rindels is the fifth Saints player to sign with a NCAA Division I program this year.

Rindels, the Saints starting first baseman from Hugoton, was the only Seward County player this season to play in all 58 games. He led the Saints in batting average (.391), runs scored (56), base hits (72), doubles (18), triples (6), slugging percentage (.766), on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.236), extra-base hits (37) and tied for the team lead in home runs (13).

Rindels went on a tear during the Saints final 16 games of the season where he batted .526 (30-for-57) with 12 multi-hit games, seven doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBI. Rindels had two multi-home run games and twice posted five or more RBI in a single-game. His 13 home runs this season set a new SCCC record for home runs by a player from the state of Kansas.

He was one of only two players in the Jayhawk Conference who were named a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection, and on April 25 he was named the NJCAA National Player of the Week. Other notable NCAA Division I programs that recruited Rindels were Kansas, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Rindels is the 33rd player from the Seward County baseball program to sign with a Big 12 baseball program and is the seventh player from SCCC to sign at Texas Tech Univ. Since 2000-01, the Seward County baseball program has produced 48 players who have signed with a NCAA Division I baseball program.

The Texas Tech baseball program is led by legendary coach Larry Hays, who just completed his 37th year has a collegiate head coach (21 years at TTU). Hays owns a 1,483-830-4 overall record, making him just 17 wins shy of becoming only the third head coach in NCAA history with 1,500 career victories, joining Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson (1,598-528-3, 30 years) and Texas’ Augie Garrido (1,584-731-8, 38 years).

The storied Red Raider baseball program has had 73 All-American selections, 27 players drafted since 2000 and had 13 players who were chosen in the Top 5 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft.