Texas Tech baseball knocked off the Miami Hurricanes 3-0 Saturday night at Mark Light Field. The victory places Tech in a position where the Red Raiders need one more victory to win the program's first ever regional championship and advance to the super regionals.
Freshman LHP Dylan Dusek (W, 7-0) pitched eight shutout innings en route to the victory. He is the first Texas Tech freshman to ever start a game in the NCAA Tournament. Dusek recorded three strikeouts and surrendered four hits.
Miami LHP Chris Diaz (L, 9-1), who was recently named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Year, allowed three earned runs and received zero run support
Corey Taylor earned his second save of the year by closing the ball game in the ninth inning.
Tech struck for the first time in the second inning with two runs. With one out, Ryan Long and Devon Conley bunted for back-to-back infield singles. After a passed ball, Tim Proudfoot would line an RBI single to left field bringing in Long.
Shortly after, Diaz would throw a wild pitch allowing Conley to cross home plate. Diaz would eventually get out of the inning by recording back-to-back strikeouts.
Both teams would remain quiet until the eighth inning when Stephen Smith led off with an infield single. Bryant Burleson would draw a walk to advance Smith to second. Tyler Neslony advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Eric Gutierez hit an RBI single to left field.
Texas Tech will now have two chances to win one game and advance past the regional round for the first time in program history. The Red Raiders are 1-6 in regional championship games with the lone victory forcing a second regional championship game.
Miami and Bethune-Cookman will play in an elimination game with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CDT. The winner will advance to the championship game against Texas Tech and must defeat the Red Raiders twice.
Texas Tech will play Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT.
Texas Tech Advances to Regional Championship
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