Texas Tech’s long and historic season has come to an end. After getting their first College World Series win against No. 1 seed Florida on Tuesday to stay alive, the Red Raiders are going home after a 7-5 loss to Coastal Carolina on Thursday.
The Red Raiders took a promising 3-1 lead in the second inning. Senior Eric Gutierrez got things started with a single which was followed by a pair of singles from Hunter Hargrove and Michael Davis. Those guys eventually scored on a double to right center from Stephen Smith followed by a throwing error.
Texas Tech played close to flawless defense against Florida, but that was not the case Thursday. Six of Coastal Carolina’s seven runs were unearned. In the third inning, Coastal Carolina was able to take the lead 4-3 with three runs scored on two errors.
The bad baseball continued in the fifth inning. Coastal Carolina was able to load the bases with one out after a throwing error to first base and two walks. The Chanticleers took advantage and scored on a sac-fly and then a two-RBI single from David Parrett for a 7-3 lead on just six hits.
It was the Chanticleers bullpen that made all the difference. The usual closer Mike Morrison entered the game in the third inning, and gave Coastal Carolina a huge performance. He struck out six batters in his first three innings on the mound and overall allowed two runs on three hits his four and a third innings.
The momentum was in Coastal Carolina’s favor from there. In the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings Texas Tech was retired in order. The Red Raiders stole it back in the seventh inning where they cut Coastal Carolina’s four run lead to just two runs. They scored those two runs on RBIs from Tanner Gardner and Michael Davis.
In an attempt to continue the rally Texas Tech got two runners on in the bottom of the eighth with two outs. It was up to Tyler Neslony, but he was barely out at first base to end the opportunity. Closer Bobby Holmes shut out Texas Tech the last seven outs of the game. He held them to just a hit, a walk and struck out two.
Many will miss the seniors on this team, and Gutierrez is one no doubt. He finished his Texas Tech career going 2-for-4 overall in his final contest. While in Omaha he lead the team by going 5-for-10 with a home run and two RBI through three games.
“We’ve put Lubbock, Texas on the (college baseball) map,” Stephen Smith said.