LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Kurt Wilson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 8-6 in an NCAA Super Regional finale Sunday, earning the Red Raiders their fourth Men's College World Series berth in six seasons.
A Big 12 team will appear in the College World Series for the sixth-consecutive year. Overall, 26 Big 12 squads have reached the CWS since 1999. Texas Tech is making back-to-back appearances for the first time after clinching a spot last season. In addition to this season’s appearance, TTU has reached Omaha in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Josh Jung led off the eighth with his second homer of the game before a pitching change. Ben Leeper (4-4) then walked two batters and struck out another before Wilson’s drive over the wall in right-center field for his fourth homer of the season.
Oklahoma State (40-21) had two runners on base when Colin Simpson, who had hit a tiebreaking homer an inning earlier, struck out against Dane Haveman to end the game.
Haveman got his third save after taking over for John McMillon (3-3), who struck out six over 3 2/3 innings.
The Red Raiders (44-18), the Big 12 regular season champions, have earned all of their trips to Omaha in alumnus Tim Tadlock’s seven seasons coaching the Red Raiders.
Braxton Fulford also homered for Texas Tech.
The Cowboys, who won the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship last month, had already rallied from deficits twice to tie the game before Simpson’s 17th homer of the season for a 5-4 lead in the eighth.
Trevor Boone and Cade Cabbiness also went deep for the Cowboys, who last went to Omaha in 2016.
The 2019 College World Series opens on Saturday, June 15 and will continue through June 25/26. The eight-team field will be split into two brackets. The final two teams will be decided in the semifinal games on June 22. The best-of-three final series is then scheduled for June 24-25/26. A full bracket will be announced once Super Regionals conclude on Monday, June 10.
NCAA Championship – Lubbock Super Regional Results
Friday: No. 8 Texas Tech 8, No. 9 Oklahoma State 6
Saturday: No. 9 Oklahoma State 6, No. 8 Texas Tech 5
Sunday: No. 8 Texas Tech 8, No. 9 Oklahoma State 6