OMAHA, Neb. (Texas Tech Press Release) – No. 7 Texas Tech had its historic season come to an end as No. 4 Ole Miss scored the game-winning run on a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in front of 18,828 fans.
The Red Raiders (45-21) played a school record 66 games this season while winning 45 games – the fourth most in school history.
With Tech trailing by a run in the ninth inning with one out, senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch singled to center field giving the Red Raiders a base runner to start a late rally.
Sophomore pinch runner Zach Davis proceeded to steal second and third base and then scored on pinch hitter Anthony Lyons’ sacrifice fly to right field tying the score, 1-1.
Davis’ two stolen bases marked a career-high for a game while Kirsch batted .500 (4-for-8) at the CWS with his second straight 2-for-4 performance.
Ole Miss started its ninth-inning rally with a one-out walk and then put runners at the corners following a throwing error by Tech reliever Cameron Smith to Proudfoot who was covering second base for an attempted double-play on a grounder up the middle.
Tech brought in right-handed reliever Dominic Moreno – and also made a move bringing in freshman Matt Broadbent who replaced left fielder Tyler Neslony while adding a third infielder to the left side of the infield for an attempt to cut the run at home plate leaving just Conley and Stephen Smith in the outfield.
Ole Miss pinch hitter John Gatlin slapped a 1-2 pitch from Moreno into right field for the game-winning RBI single to eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series.
Freshman outfielder Stephen Smith went 2-for-3 for Texas Tech.
Freshman starting right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley pitched a season-high 7.1 innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Smith (8-3) took the loss allowing an unearned run with one walk and a strikeout.
Rebels reliever Scott Weathersby (4-1) earned the win pitching one inning allowing a run on one hit.
Ole Miss starting pitcher Christian Trent pitched eight shutout innings with six strikeouts and a walk allowing six base hits.
Texas Tech completed its first-ever appearance at the College World Series with an 0-2 record with a pair of one-run losses against two top-five nationally ranked opponents.