June 8, 2014
Seeing Red (Raiders)
By Hannah Hipp
LUBBOCK, Texas –
While the rain may have stopped, the defense never did.
After a 90-minute rain delay, Texas Tech came out
with a 1-0 victory over College of Charleston, earning a berth
in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Red Raiders will
be making their first appearance in Omaha.
The Red Raiders got five scoreless innings from
left-hander Dylan Dusek, who completed his fourth consecutive
scoreless start, to sweep the Cougars in the series.
“All I’m going out there for is to get the win
for my team,” Dusek said.
The game’s only run came from an RBI double by
Adam Kirsch to score Tyler Neslony in the fourth. The Red
Raiders (45-19) finished the game with six hits, only one more
than they had in yesterday’s game.
The Cougars had five hits, including singles by
Blake Butler and Brandon Murray to lead off the sixth, but
failed to get a runner to third.
“We just couldn’t find a way offensively,”
Charleston coach Monte Lee said. “We couldn’t come up with a big
hit when we needed it.”
The Cougars finished the season 44-19, reaching
the Super Regional series for the first time since Lee took over
and second time overall.
A potential game-tying run for the Cougars was
stopped by a full-extension diving catch by centerfielder Devon
Conley in the seventh.
“It was a do-or-die situation, and I ended up
making the catch for the team,” Conley said.
Texas Tech used four different pitchers before
the end of the game, bringing in Cameron Smith, Dominic Moreno
and Jonny Drozd, who combined to allow two hits over the final
four innings. Smith struck out two to get out of the jam in the
sixth, and Drozd earned his fifth save.
College of Charleston freshman starter Bailey
Ober (10-3) took the loss, allowing six hits and one earned and
striking out six in eight innings.
The Cougars end the season with six seniors who
won’t be returning.
“I feel bad for those guys,” Lee said, tearing
up. “I’m gonna miss them because of what they were able to do
College of Charleston will continue to hold high
expectations and look to make their way to another NCAA
appearance next year, Lee said.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, look ahead to their
first trip to the College World Series.
Tim Tadlock spoke of his aspirations to earn a
trip to Omaha when taking over as the Texas Tech head coach two
years ago, and the mention of that brought out some emotion.
“Right now I don’t think it’s really sunk in,”
Tadlock said. “We’re just looking forward and going to get ready
for the next game.”
Pitching and defense were major factors in UCLA’s
national championship last year, and those are two things the
Red Raiders have been excelling in.
The Cougars had a total of nine hits in the
two-game series, and did not put a single run on the board.
“Pitching with good tempo allows you to have good
defense,” Tadlock said, “and it all really goes together.”
The Red Raiders hope to use these wins and the
leadership of their seniors to propel them through the College
“To be able to go to the College World Series my
senior year is a dream come true,” Conley said.