By Wendell Barnhouse | email@example.com
Two teams that went to the Sunshine State and rained on the parades of the home teams will now meet in the Lubbock Super Regional.
Texas Tech, the No. 2 seed, knocked off top-seeded Miami (Fla.) in the Coral Gables Regional thanks to some lights-out pitching. College of Charleston was the No. 4 seed in the Gainesville Regional where No. 1 seed Florida went 0-2, one of eight Southeastern Conference teams that had their seasons end last weekend.
The Red Raiders will take on the Cougars at noon Saturday in Game One of the best-of-three series. Baseball fever is rampant in Lubbock. Tickets sold out in 40 minutes and Rip Griffin Park will be jam packed as Texas Tech hosts a Super Regional for the first time in school history.
“We talk about playing at home in front of a good crowd in a great environment, being able to play for what we're playing for,” Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said. “You talk about all those things in the recruiting process but I don't know if you talk about it right now. As far as right now, it's a baseball game.”
The Red Raiders (43-19) have won their last 14 home games and are 31-4 at home. College of Charleston (44-17) is considered the underdog as it was for the opening weekend.
“I don't know if I would say we feel like we're an underdog,” Cougars coach Monte Lee said. “We know what's at stake. We know when we go to a Regional out of Florida and we play against Florida, they're supposed to beat us and in their ballpark. We know that playing here this weekend in front of 4,000‑plus Red Raider fans against a great ball club, that it's going to be a very tough challenge.”
Chris Sadberry (4-3, 3.49 ERA) will start game one and will try to keep the Red Raiders’ dominant postseason pitching performance going.
“It's kind of what you shoot for, to be pitching good at this time of year,” Tadlock said. “We trust all of our pitchers but Chris seems like the right guy at the right time.”
Lubbock Super Regional hosted by Texas Tech
College of Charleston (44-17) at Texas Tech (43-19)
Noon Saturday (ESPNU)
2 p.m. Sunday (ESPNU)
Noon Monday* (ESPN2)
* - if necessary
Texas Tech update: The Red Raiders pitching staff recorded a 0.97 ERA at the Coral Gables Regional, allowing four earned runs in 37 innings pitched; 33 of those innings were scoreless. … Pitcher Dylan Dusek and outfielder/pitcher Stephen Smith were named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team selected by Collegiate Baseball News. … Dusek was named the Coral Gables Regional Most Outstanding Player. … Texas Tech’s 14-game home winning streak in the nation’s longest. Two other teams with active home winning streaks are in the Super Regionals – Oklahoma State (10) and Virginia (9). … The Red Raiders are ranked No. 10 in the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA polls. It’s the first time since 1998 Texas Tech has cracked the top 10.
College of Charleston update: The Cougars won the automatic bid from the Colonial Athletic Association. … All six of the school’s NCAA appearances have come since 2004 and CofC reached the Super Regional in 2006. … The Cougars have won 13 of their last 15 games and won the Gainesville Regional as the No. 4 seed. … Third baseman Carl Wise is hitting .297 with 11 doubles, four triples, three home runs and a team-leading 54 RBI. … Right-handers Bailey Ober (10-2, 1.55) and Taylor Clarke (10-3, 2.62) lead a staff with an ERA of 2.78 which ranks No. 20 in Division I. … Injuries and attrition have cut the Cougars roster from 33 to 24 players.