Cougars' postseason run ends in Lubbock Super Regional

  • Monday, June 9, 2014

Texas Tech's Hunter Redman tags out CofC's Brandon Glazer Saturday. AP PHOTO/LUBBOCK AVALANCHE JOURNAL, SHANNON WILSON

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Not even a record-setting season could endure College of Charleston's scoring woes at this weekend's NCAA Lubbock Super Regional.

No. 10 Texas Tech dealt the Cougars consecutive one-run shutouts to take the Super Regional series and earn a bid into this weekend's College World Series.

The Cougars' precocious pitching staff set new school records this season with a .273 team ERA and .224 opponent batting average, along with a program-best .973 fielding percentage behind it. But the Cougars' 23-inning scoring drought dating back to the Gainesville Regional lingered too long to outlast.

“Our two starting pitchers did an outstanding job this weekend,” Cougars head coach Monte Lee said. “But you have to give Texas Tech credit. They made big pitches in big situations, and we had a couple of opportunities.”

College of Charleston ends the season 44-19, tied for the most wins of any season in Lee's six-year tenure and the fourth-most in school history. The Cougars finish ranked No. 16 in the nation, winners of the CAA tournament championship and NCAA Gainesville Regional.

“We've always had high expectations,” Lee said. “We try to preach to our guys that if we do certain things very well, that we have a chance to play in Omaha and we came close. We came close.”

Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0

A two-out triple in the third inning was enough for Texas Tech to take the series opener over College of Charleston Saturday at a sold-out Rip Griffin Park.

Taylor Neslony lined a shot to the wall in right field to score Stephen Smith from second for the Red Raiders' game-winning run.

Cougars sophomore right-hander Taylor Clarke allowed five hits, one walk with three strikeouts over eight innings in the loss. Texas Tech lefty Chris Sadberry earned the win, giving up four hits, no walks with eight strikeouts through eight innings.

The Cougars had Brandon Glazer on third base with one out in the third inning and again in the eighth but the junior was thrown out at home off ground balls to stall both scoring opportunities. The Cougars hit .138 at the plate against .192 by the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0

Aaron Kirsch doubled down the right-field line in the fourth inning to deliver Neslony for the eventual game-winner.

It was one of just six hits Cougars freshman righty Bailey Ober allowed in eight innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Dylan Dusek picked up the win for the Red Raiders, giving up three hits and a walk over five scoreless.

The Cougars put runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth before Texas Tech reliever Cameron Smith escaped the jam. With a runner on second and one out in the seventh, Champ Rowland nearly delivered the game-tying run but was robbed by centerfielder Devon Conley who laid out for a highlight play to preserve the Red Raiders' lead.

“This was another tough loss, especially to end the season,” Lee said. “Give Texas Tech a lot of credit. Dusek and their bullpen and one of the best catches I've seen in 14 years as a head coach was the difference.”

Frankie Mansfield, the sports reporter for the Moultrie News can be seen all around the state following teams to meets, games, and matches. For score updates, breaking sports news, and more, follow @fjmansfield on Twitter and like Moultrie News Sports on Facebook.

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