Texas Tech baseball won its first ever regional championship Monday when the Red Raiders defeated the Miami Hurricanes 4-0 in Coral Gables, Fla.
Junior LHP Cameron Smith (W, 8-2) tossed a complete game shutout allowing three hits and five walks.
RHP Cooper Hammond (L, 5-2) pitched against Texas Tech for the third time in three days. Hammond came into the game in the seventh and faced Ryan Long to start the inning. With a 1-2 pitch, the ball grazed the elbow pad of Long and he was awarded first base. This brought out head coach Jim Morris who would lose an appeal after the umpires discussed the situation.
Tim Proudfoot would hit the following pitch to centerfield for a single. With Long on second and Proudfoot on first, Devon Conley laid down a sacrifice bunt. Miami catcher Garrett Kennedy picked up the ball and fired it over the head of first baseman David Thompson who Conley collided with. Long and Proudfoot scored to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead.
Miami came back in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off single. After a fielder's choice, Smith would surrender another single. Eventually, Smith would force Alex Hernandez into an inning ending double play.
Each team would produce one base runner in the eighth inning, but Texas Tech added two insurance runs in the ninth inning.
Proudfoot and Conley crossed home plate on a Zach Davis single. This came after back-to-back singles from Proudfoot and Conley and a sacrifice bunt from Hunter Redman.
Smith would retire the Hurricanes in order to finish the ball game and send Texas Tech to their first ever super regional appearance. The Red Raiders will face College of Charleston in the super regionals. The winner of this best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
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