Texas Tech is one victory from their first appearance in the College World Series after the Red Raiders defeated College of Charleston 1-0 Saturday at Rip Griffin Park.
In front of a record 4,811 spectators, Chris Sadberry (W, 5-3) tossed eight shutout innings allowing four hits and not allowing any other runners on base.
Taylor Clarke (L, 10-4) tossed a complete game, but received zero run support.
College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee feels the Cougars missed a pair of opportunities.
"The big difference in the ball game really was we failed to execute when we needed to offensively with runners at third and less than two outs."
Brandon Glazer produced two of the Cougars four hits and made it to third base each time. Glazer was thrown out twice at home plate to become the second out in each of the third and seventh innings.
Glazer recapped what happened on each of the two plays.
"The second one was a play where we run on contact, so he hit the ball, I ran home and was tagged out. The first one, I just hesitated. It was a bad decision on my part."
Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock feels the Red Raiders escaped with lady luck on their side.
"I thought we had some good fortune on our side on the two balls in the infield where we get the out at home."
Stephen Smith scored the lone run of the game in the third inning during a Tyler Neslony RBI triple. Smith was on his way home when the ball went under the glove of right fielder Brandon Glazer. The ball rolled deeper into the outfield and Neslony legged out a triple. Neslony, who is on the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year watch list, took the media through the play from his perspective.
"He started me off with a fastball in. It wasn't a good pitch to hit. Then I saw a change-up and he left it up a little bit, and I was able to get enough of a barrel on it to get it in the outfield."
Sadberry was taken out of the game because he threw 99 pitches prior to the ninth inning. After being drafted in the sixth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Friday, it may be Sadberry's final game in Lubbock. LHP Jonny Drozd (S, 4) took Sadberry's place in the ninth and shut down the Cougars in order.
The Red Raiders will have a chance to earn their first College World Series berth in program history Sunday, but they'll have to do so against the best pitcher statistically on the Cougars' staff. College of Charleston will place RHP Bailey Ober (10-2, 1.55 ERA) on the mound. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the Red Raiders have yet to announce their starter for Sunday's game.
First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
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