The Red Raiders won back-to-back 1-0 games, and will head nest week to Omaha as one of at least two Big 12 teams in the field for this year’s College World Series. Two magnificent pitching performances, by a pair of freshmen. Chris Sadberry on Saturday and Dylan Dusek on Sunday, propelled the Red Raiders to their first ever appearance in the College World Series.
Sadberry went eight innings on Saturday and gave up only four hits; Dusek pitched five strong innings on Sunday, yielding just three hits. It was Dusek’s eighth win of the season without a loss. Both pitchers are left-handers.
The winning run on Sunday came in the Texas Tech half of the Fourth inning. Left fielder Tyler Neslony led off the inning with a single up the middle. Eric Gutierrez, who had two of Tech’s six hits, struck out swinging in the fourth, but designated hitter Adam Kirsch doubled to right field, scoring Neslony.
The Red Raiders extended their Big 12-best home record for 2014 to 33-4. They have recorded three consecutive shutouts in postseason play and four in the last five games.
College of Charleston starter Bailey Ober also pitched a superb game, working eight innings, yielding only the one run and six hits. Ober took the loss, only his third of the season along with 10 victories.
College of Charleston earned its way to the Lubbock Super Regional by knocking off eighth-ranked and top-seeded Florida in the Gainesville Regional the weekend before.
“Right now, I don’t know if it’s really sunk in,” said Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock immediately after the historic win. “I’m sure when I get home this evening, I’m sure it will hit me.”
Texas and Texas Tech have already punched their tickets to the 2014 College World Series. TCU, the champion of the Big 12 postseason tournament, is still alive in its Super Regional with Pepperdine. But the Horned Frogs will have to wait at least one more day to see if they, too, will be on their way to Omaha. If that were to happen, it would be the first time three Big 12 teams advanced to the CWS in the same season.
Texas Tech is 5-1 in the NCAA Baseball Championship this season after being eliminated in two consecutive game in the Big 12 championship tournament. For the season, the Red Raiders are 45-19.