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Texas Tech Advances to First College World Series in Program History
June 08, 2014
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Texas Tech used a second consecutive 1-0 shut out of College of Charleston to win the Lubbock Super Regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time in program history. The Red Raiders, picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, join Texas in Omaha’s field of eight. TCU, which suffered a 3-2 loss to Pepperdine in game two of the Fort Worth Super Regional today, will look to give the Big 12 three teams in the CWS on Monday with the series finale at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
 
The Longhorns will open play next Saturday, June 14, against UC Irvine at 2 p.m. CT, while Texas Tech will play the winner of the TCU/Pepperdine series on Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m. CT.
 
The Big 12 is now 18-7 in NCAA postseason action and 5-3 in Super Regional play. The league is looking to advance three teams to Omaha for just the second time in the conference’s history (2005 - Baylor, Nebraska, Texas). This year marks the third time in league history that the conference has won a pair of Super Regionals in which Big 12 teams were the host site (2002 - Nebraska, Texas and 2005 - Baylor, Nebraska). After a two-year drought with no teams advancing to Omaha, the Big 12 will be sending multiple members for the fifth time (1999, 2002, 05, 11) and has now totaled 17 CWS teams.
 
Monday’s Schedule (June 9)
No. 11 Pepperdine at No. 3 TCU - 3:00 p.m. - ESPN2 - advance to College World Series with win
 
Sunday’s Results (June 8)
No. 10 Texas Tech 1, No. 16 College of Charleston 0
Two days. Two games. No runs allowed.
 
Dylan Dusek turned in his fourth consecutive scoreless start and Texas Tech advanced to the College World Series for the first time with a 1-0 victory over the College of Charleston on Sunday.
 
Dusek (8-0) worked five-plus innings, gave up three hits and walked one as Texas Tech (45-20) swept the best-of-three series with back-to-back 1-0 triumphs over the Cougars. Cameron Smith, Dominic Moreno and Jonny Drozd combined to work the final four innings for the Red Raiders.
 
‘’When I get home later this evening, I’m sure it will hit me,’’ second-year Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said.
 
Adam Kirsch’s RBI double in the fourth inning was the game’s lone run. It marked the Raiders’ third straight shutout in the postseason and fourth in their past five outings.
 
In the fourth, Tyler Neslony led off with a single to center. With one out, Kirsch laced a double down the right-field line that brought Neslony home.
 
The Cougars pushed the tying run to second base in the sixth and seventh innings, but Tech withstood the threat each time, needing a spectacular diving catch from center fielder Devon Conley in the right-center field gap that preserved Tech’s lead and ended the seventh.
 
Dusek left after surrendering a single to Blake Butler to open the sixth. Smith came on and allowed a single by Brandon Murray, putting two on for the Cougars for the first time in the game. Smith, though, got Carl Wise to line out to center field and then struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.
 
‘’Our pitching staff had a little to do with it today,’’ Tadlock said. ‘’They had Wise up in the sixth with two on, and he hit it square but right at someone.’’
 
No Cougars baserunner reached third base in the game.
 
‘’Our two starting pitchers were outstanding in this series,’’ Lee said. ‘’But give Tech credit. They made big pitches when they had to make them and made big plays in key situations when they had to. Give their staff a lot of credit. This was probably the best defensive club we’ve played all year and the best pitching staff we’ve faced.’’
 
No. 11 Pepperdine 3, No. 3 TCU 2
Pepperdine withstood a late rally from TCU to force a decisive game three with a 3-2 victory Sunday night in the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional.
 
TCU, which had a 10-game winning streak going into the game, entered the eighth inning in a 3-0 hole. The Waves went to the bullpen and called on Chandler Blanchard to start the eighth.
 
Boomer White worked a lead-off walk. With one out, the Waves defense collapsed as they committed two errors on a routine ground ball off the bat of Garrett Crain. White scored on the miscue and Crain moved to third.
 
Jerrick Suiter made it a one-run game with a base hit to left and stole second with two outs. Keaton Jones dumped a single into center field and Suiter was on the move. A strike from center fielder Aaron Brown to the plate cut down Suiter trying to tie the game.
 
TCU got no closer as Waves closer Eric Karch set the side down in order in the ninth to force the decisive third game.
 
Preston Morrison (9-4) took the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He walked two and fanned six. Alex Young pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a base hit.
 
Saturday’s Results (June 7)
No. 9 Texas 4, No. 5 Houston 0
No. 10 Texas Tech 1, No. 16 College of Charleston 0
No. 3 TCU 3, No. 11 Pepperdine 2
No. 14 UC Irvine 1, No. 3 Oklahoma State 0
 
Friday’s Results (June 6)
No. 9 Texas 4, No. 5 Houston 2
No. 14 UC Irvine 8, No. 3 Oklahoma State 4
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