For six scoreless innings, the game between Texas Tech and Ole Miss was anyone’s for the taking, and it played out that way all the very end. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Mississippi scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie and bring to an abrupt end Texas Tech’s first-ever trip to the College World Series.
Texas Tech starter Ryan Moseley, making only his fifth start of the season, pitched brilliantly. The freshman right-hander yielded just one run on four hits in a career-best 7 1/3 innings, and held the Rebels scoreless through the first six innings.
In the seventh, Moseley got Ole Miss catcher Will Allen out swinging for his sixth strikeout of the game. But then first baseman Sikes Orvis reached base on a throwing error by Texas Tech second baseman Bryant Burleson and J.B. Woodman, the next Rebel hitter walked, putting runners on first and second.
Right fielder Will Jamison flew out to center, but Holt Perdzock, pinch-hitting for second baseman Preston Overbey, singled to left, scoring Orvis from second with the first run of the game and a 1-0 Ole Miss lead.
That’s the way things remained until the ninth, when Tech scratched and clawed for a tying run. Scott Weathersby came on in relief of Ole Miss starter Christian Trent, who mowed through an eight-inning, shutout performance yielding just six hits. He retired Eric Gutierrez on a fly out to right. But the next hitter, designated-hitter Adam Kirsch, singled to center for his second hit of the game.
Zach Davis pinch ran for Kirsch. He stole second and then third, and scored on sacrifice fly to right by pinch-hitter Anthony Lyons.
With runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter John Gatlin singled to right field off of Texas Tech reliever Dominic Moreno, driving in Colby Bortles with the winning run.
Junior left-hander Cameron Smith, who came on in relief in the ninth inning for Texas Tech was the losing pitcher. Scott Weathersby got the win for Ole Miss in relief of starter Trent.
Mississippi is 13-9 in one-run games this season and 2-1 in the postseason. The Rebels (47-20) advances to play the loser of Tuesday night’s TCU-Virginia game. That game will be on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
This was the Red Raiders’ first trip to the College World Series, but they have yet to register a victory in CWS play. Texas Tech contributed to its own demise in its two CWS games, going just one for 14 with runners in scoring position. The Red Raiders were 0 for 6 in similar situations in Tuesday’s loss.