LUBBOCK, Texas- No. 10 Texas Tech was led by junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry's eight shutout innings on its way to a 1-0 shutout over No. 16 College of Charleston in game one of the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional on Saturday afternoon in front of a Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park stadium record 4,811 fans in attendance.
Texas Tech (44-19) has a nation's best 15 consecutive wins at home while having shutout three of its last four opponents - all coming in the NCAA Tournament. CofC drops to 44-18 on the season while suffering its first loss in the NCAA Tournament.
Sadberry, who yesterday was drafted in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Miami Marlins, was dominating with four three-up, three-down innings, tallied at least one strikeout in six frames and allowed just two base runners to reach scoring position all game.
Sadberry finished allowing just four hits in eight shutout innings with eight strikeouts and didn't allow a walk. Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd pitched a perfect ninth inning for his team-leading fourth save of the season.
The Red Raiders scored the game's only run in the third inning when freshman Stephen Smith singled up the middle and two batters later scored on sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony's RBI triple to right-center field.
Sadberry and Tech's defense did the rest while twice throwing out Cougars right fielder Brandon Glazer at home plate - both times trying to score on infield grounders.
Then in the eighth, Glazer led off with an infield single to third baseman Ryan Long, whose throw sailed over first base and allowed Glazer to reach second. He then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt and was then put out at the plate the following batter when Sadberry fielded a slow roller off the bat of shortstop Champ Rowland and threw to Redman for the second out of the inning.
Smith was the only Red Raider with multiple hits going 2-for-4 while Neslony (1-for-3), senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch (1-for-3) and Redman (1-for-3) also added hits in the game.
Texas Tech and College of Charleston will play game two of the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional on Sunday with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. on ESPNU. A victory would give the Red Raiders their first-ever appearance at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
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