Pitching and defense is what gets you to Omaha, and it’s what got Texas Tech their first College World Series win in history with a 3-2 victory over the overall No. 1 seed Florida.
Davis Martin came through yet again in one of the biggest moments so far as a Red Raider. He completely shut Florida down in 82 pitches. He only allowing three hits and three walks through seven innings, which matched his career high.
His defense backed him up with some SportsCenter worthy catches, including a catch against the centerfield wall in the first inning by Tanner Gardner. They also had three double plays in order to keep the Gators off the board.
Eric Gutierrez also helped Davis out with a two run bomb over the left field wall in order to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. He drove in Cory Raley on the play and is now hitting .500 (3-for-6) so far in the college world series.
Then in the sixth inning Florida started getting to Martin. They loaded the bases with one out, but the freshman got out of the jam with a 1-2-3 double play and a controversial runner’s interference call.
The highly regarded Florida pitching staff created an expected pitching duel. Their starter Alex Faedo lasted seven and two thirds and around 100 pitches and struck out nine Red Raiders/ Texas Tech has now struck out 24 times in the last two games.
Florida didn’t show another offensive threat until the ninth inning. Peter Alonso hit a two run homer to left field, giving Texas Tech fans flashbacks to Luken Baker. But luckily Texas Tech scored an insurance run in the top of ninth.That run was scored once Raley led off with his second single of the day, which was followed by two throwing errors committed by Florida getting him across the plate.
Hayden Howard who came in the eighth inning threw a three up, three down inning. He gave up three runs in the ninth inning and only threw 37 pitches in relief.
Texas Tech will take on Coastal Carolina in an elimination game on 7 p.m. Thursday.