Historic Run Ends in 2-1 Defeat to Ole Miss

Texas Tech's baseball season came to a close Tuesday when the Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Red Raiders 2-1 in the second elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ole Miss used two Texas Tech errors to score both runs. With one out in the inning, Sikes Orvis hit a groundball to second base. The ball took a hop on Bryant Burleson and squirted into right field. Orvis advanced to second after J.B. Woodman walked. Holt Perdzock came into the game as a pinch hitter for Preston Overbey. Perdzock took a swing at the first pitch freshman RHP Ryan Moseley tossed him and launched a groundball just inside the left field foul line. Orvis came around to score giving Perdzock an RBI single and the Rebels a 1-0 lead.

Each team would place a runner on in the eighth, but could not score.

The top of the ninth did not start well for the Red Raiders. Eric Gutierrez popped out to lead off the inning. Adam Kirsch took a 1-1 pitch to center field and produced a single. Tech head coach Tim Tadlock made two offensive adjustments placing Zach Davis as a pinch-runner for Kirsch and Anthony Lyons as a pinch-hitter for Ryan Long. Davis stole second without a throw as Ole Miss catcher Will Allen allowed the ball to get away from him. On the very next pitch, Davis slid into the third base for another stolen bag. Anthony Lyons would then hit a fly ball to right field allowing Zach Davis to tag third, cross home plate and tie up the ball game.

After tying the ball game, Tim Tadlock decided to send LHP Cameron Smith (L, 8-3) to the mound. Smith walked the first batter, Colby Bortles, who pinch-hit for Woodman. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco decided to have another pinch hitter, Brantley Bell, come in for Will Jamison. With a 2-1 count, Bell hit a groundball back to the mound. Smith picked up the ball and looked to second base. No one was at the bag as Smith pulled back his arm. After the hesitation, Smith threw a high ball to Tim Proudfoot that went off the tip of Proudfoot's high-reaching glove and rolled into the outfield. Bortles advamced to third on Smith's throwing error.

The chess game would start soon after. Bianco brought in a pitcher, Aaron Greenwood, to pinch-run for Bortles at third. John Gatlin was called upon to pinch-hit for Dalton Dulin. Tadlock responded with two of his own calls. He started by bringing left fielder Tyler Neslony into the dugout in favor of an extra infielder in Matt Broadbent. This placed three infielders on the left side and two infielders on the right side. In addition, RHP Dominic Moreno came in for Cameron Smith.

Gatlin fouled off the first pitch. He would swing and miss at the second pitch. Being ahead with an 0-2 count, Moreno tried to get Gatlin to chase a ball outside the strike zone. Gatlin laid off. The fourth pitch was on the borderline of the lower part of the strike zone. Understanding he had two strikes on him, Gatlin took a swing and produced a blooper that landed in shallow right field. Greenwood crossed home plate and ended the Red Raiders season.

Moseley, a freshman, tossed more than seven innings allowing one unearned run on four hits and three walks. He recorded six strikeouts.

Ole Miss starter Christian Trent threw eight scoreless innings with six strikeouts. He allowed six hits and one walk.

Ole Miss RHP Scott Weathersby (W, 4-1) allowed the only Red Raider run, resulting in a blown save.

Texas Tech's season ends after finishing 0-2 in their first College World Series appearance. The Red Raiders finish the season 45-21. This comes in Tim Tadlock's second season as head coach of the Red Raiders and one year after a 26-30 finish.

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