June 7, 2014
Red Raiders Win
By Hannah Hipp
- Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said he was hoping for an
offensive spark in today’s Super Regional game against the
College of Charleston, but instead got a defensive battle ending
in a 1-0 victory.
The Red Raiders (44-19) finished
the game with five hits out of 26 at-bats, bringing only one
runner across home plate. The Cougars (44-18) had four hits out
of 29 at-bats, and had only one player who reached third base.
“The big difference in the
ballgame was we failed to execute offensively,” said College of
Charleston head coach Monte Lee. “We played a good game
defensively and we pitched extremely well.”
The Cougars went 3-0 to claim the
Gainesville Regional title, earning them the advancement to the
The Red Raiders scored the game’s
only run on an RBI triple by Tyler Neslony, plating Stephen
Smith in the third. A botched catch in the outfield allowed
Smith to reach home with no problem.
College of Charleston’s starting
pitcher, Taylor Clarke, pitched the entire game for the Cougars,
recording three strikeouts and one walk.
Charleston’s Brandon Glazer
reached third base twice, but was tagged out at home both times
-- once on a fielder's choice
by shortstop Tim Proudfoot in the third and by Sadberry in the
“It was a bad decision on my
part,” Glazer said of his choice to run home after a single by
teammate Champ Rowland.
Chris Sadberry, the starting
pitcher for the Red Raiders, pitched a season-high eight
innings, recording another season-high eight strikeouts.
“I went out there with the
attitude to attack the hitters with my fastball and be
aggressive,” Sadberry said.
Jonny Drozd came in for the save
in the ninth.
This was the first game of a
potential three-game series in Lubbock, with the winner
qualifying for the College World Series in Omaha.
This is Texas Tech’s first
appearance in the Super Regionals, and College of Charleston’s
“We know what’s on the line,” Lee
said. “We’re still alive, we’re still playing, and if we win
tomorrow it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen in
Texas Tech catcher Hunter Redman
(1 for 3, RBI) was involved on several defensive plays,
including a diving catch near home plate in which he collided
with the padding on the wall behind him.
Redman and Sadberry were selected
in the eighth and sixth rounds, respectively, in the MLB draft
yesterday, but both players said this had little effect on their
performance in the game.
“I came out with an edge just
like the rest of the team,” Redman said. “I’m blessed to be able
to be out here doing this.”
A Rip Griffin Park-record 4,811
fans were in the stands for the game, and the Texas Tech players
said this was a motivating factor for the team, which holds a
32-4 record at home.
The Cougars players said it was
not a factor, and they will be ready to go for the next game.
“I feel really confident in our
chances tomorrow,” Clarke said. “We’ve bounced back from losses
earlier in the season and this is just like bouncing back from
The Red Raiders and Cougars will
meet again on Sunday in the second game of the series, set to
begin at 2 p.m. CT in Lubbock.