Former Red Raider Commits to Angelo State

 

LUBBOCK, TX — A Texas Tech Red Raider is headed to San Angelo to play baseball for Angelo State. Ryan Free, a regular in the pitching rotation for the Red Raiders over the past few years, announced on Thursday, June 13, that he committed to Angelo State Baseball.

Free will use his final year of college eligibility in San Angelo. The now-former Red Raider brings a talented arm to the Rams’ bullpen, which is fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2024 Division II College World Series. Free made the announcement on his x page early on Thursday.

Ryan Free concluded his junior year at Texas Tech as a reliable bullpen option for the Red Raiders. He finished the season with a 5-4 record, 4.11 ERA (earned run average), and pitched a total of 46 innings. He earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on April 17th, 2023, after two lights-out performances against No. 8 Standford and Oklahoma. In 2024, the Frisco native finished with a 6-2 record and a 6.36 ERA in a year where the Red Raiders struggled with injuries.

Former Texas Tech Pitcher Ryan Free

Former Texas Tech Pitcher Ryan Free

(Credit: texastech.com)

His parents were both athletes at Texas Tech. Free’s father, Kelly Free, played baseball at Texas Tech, and his mother, Tracy Free, played golf.

Free will now be under the tutelage of Rams Head Coach Kevin Brooks. Brooks has built a powerhouse program in San Angelo over the past two decades. Angelo State won the Division II National Championship in 2023 and appeared in the DII College World Series in '07, '15, '16, '17, '19, '21, '22, '23, and '24.

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