June 2, 2014
Regional Scores & Schedules
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Red Raiders Reach First Supers
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
CORAL GABLES, Fla. —
To say it was David defeating Goliath would be a stretch with
how evenly matched Texas Tech and No. 11 Miami were, but
historically speaking, the biblical reference would serve as an
Second-seeded Texas Tech, behind a complete-game shutout from
Cameron Smith in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since
2004, won the Coral Gables Regional against four-time national
champion and owner of the nation’s longest active streak of 42
consecutive tournament appearances, top-seeded Miami, with a 4-0
victory in the decisive game Monday night at Alex Rodriguez Park
at Mark Light Field.
Red Raiders (43-19) are Regional champions for the first time in
program history. They will host College of Charleston, champion
of the Gainesville Regional, in the Super Regionals.
me, being my senior year, this is amazing,” said senior center
fielder Devon Conley, who went 2 for 2 with a walk and a run in
the clinching win. “To be able to just play with my team, Texas
Tech University — they’re family and this will be a memory
forever for me.”
shortstop Tim Proudfoot: “This is just one stop for us on our
total goal, so we’re excited. We’re going to be looking to the
future and not the past now, so we’re going to go into Super
Regionals hopefully swing the bats hot and doing the same thing
on the mound.”
Hurricanes (44-19) fell to Texas Tech for both of their losses
in the Regional — two shutouts. Despite an inspired comeback
earlier Monday to force Game 7, they only mustered two earned
runs in the four games outside of a 10-0 Bethune-Cookman rout.
“That’s a hard thing to explain at any level — high school to
Major Leagues and everywhere in between,” Miami coach Jim Morris
said. “We just didn’t score a lot of runs. [Their pitching
staff] just ate our lunch.”
point this season, Miami lost twice in a 27-game stretch.
Between the ACC Tournament and the Regional, the Hurricanes went
4-4 to finish off the year. The powerhouse program does not make
it past Regionals for the fourth consecutive season, two of
which the Canes hosted.
the New Mexico Junior College transfer with three starts under
his belt with the Red Raiders entering Monday, was sensational.
The long, lanky lefty allowed just three hits and five walks
while striking out three over the course of his 114 pitches in
his nine scoreless innings.
just tried to do my job to keep us in the game,” said Smith, who
joined Dylan Dusek and Ryan Moseley with superb pitching
performances against Miami. “We all just tried to pitch our
butts off, tried to get ahead in the count and tried to make
them put it in play.
just so happened that they couldn’t score a run against us.”
Second-year Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock had planned to start
sophomore right-hander Johnathon Tripp if it reached the
Regional final, but Smith, who was dealing with soreness in his
arm earlier in the weekend, approached Tadlock before the game
to tell him to entrust him with the ball.
don’t need to play him in golf because he’s a really good
sandbagger. He might be that guy that’ll take your money,”
Tadlock said. “He really pitched his tail off.”
one time he got into trouble, with two on and one out in the
bottom of the seventh, he induced a 5-4-3 double play to get out
of the jam.
Freshman Miami starter Derik Beauprez, making the fourth start
of his career, shut down the Red Raiders, leaders in nearly
every offensive category in the Big 12, through his four
scoreless innings, which matched his longest outing.
Beauprez gave up just one hit, walked two
and struck out another pair.
replaced, despite throwing just 60 pitches, in favor of Cooper
Hammond. Hammond was able to evade trouble in the fifth but gave
up two runs in the seventh.
allowing the first two batters to reach, a throw to first by
catcher Garrett Kennedy on a sacrifice bunt attempt was
airmailed, allowing Ryan Long to score and Proudfoot to reach
thought it was a mental mistake because the throw should’ve been
going to third,” Morris said.
Proudfoot later scored on a sacrifice fly
from pinch-hitter Alec Humphreys.
Hammond gave up two runs — one of them earned — on four hits in
Outfielders Dale Carey and Tyler Palmer and pitcher Javi Salas,
all seniors for Miami, put their Hurricane careers in
obviously sad we didn’t go where we wanted to go, but the last
three-four years with these guys have just been unbelievable,”
Carey said. “They’re like my brothers.”
Salas, “I’m a homegrown kid, so playing here — I lived two
blocks away — was a dream.”
wrapped it up by saying, “Definitely not how we wanted to end
the season, but I think the program’s going in the right
direction. I’m proud to say that we, as seniors, started that.”
Four Red Raiders made the Coral Gables
All-Regional Team: first baseman Eric Gutierrez and third
baseman Ryan Long joined Dusek and Proudfoot. Dusek was Most
Outstanding Player for his eight shutout innings in a win
against Miami that sent the Canes to the losers’ bracket. It
was clear most of the ballots were turned in before Smith’s
complete-game shutout in the Regional-clinching victory.
Miami also had four players on the All-Regional
Team: Kennedy, Palmer, catcher/designated hitter Zack Collins
and pitcher Bryan Radziewski.
Rounding out the All-Regional Team, Bethune-Cookman
had second baseman Matt Noble and outfielder Josh Johnson make
it while Columbia’s Robb Paller was also honored.
Gutierrez, who was ejected in Sunday’s game for
taunting Miami’s David Thompson by dropping the ball on him
when he was on the ground after a collision at first, was
booed by Miami fans every time he stepped to the plate.
Gutierrez went 1 for 4, and was picked off his one time on