(Texas Tech Press Release: Scott Lacefield)
LUBBOCK, Texas - For the first time in school history, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will be heading to Omaha and the College World Series.
Backed by five shutout innings from starter Dylan Dusek and two perfect frames from Jonny Drozd out of the bullpen, the Red Raiders topped College of Charleston, 1-0, Sunday afternoon en route to advancing to the pinnacle event in collegiate baseball, the College World Series held in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Red Raiders (45-19) picked up a 1-0 victory for the second-straight day in front of a capacity crowd at Rip Griffin Park at Dan Law Field. Tech did so while tossing its third-consecutive shutout and its fourth in the past five games - all of which that have come in NCAA play.
"Right now I don't know if it's really sunk in," said Tech head coach Tim Tadlock, who will take the Red Raiders to the College World Series in just his second season. "I'm sure when I get home this evening I'm sure it will hit me. I just really appreciate these guys. I mean, they're a special group."
College of Charleston (44-19) threatened twice in the sixth and seventh innings, putting a runner on second in both frames before the Tech bullpen worked out of the jam both times.
Blake Butler and Brandon Murray led off the sixth inning with consecutive singles, but Tech turned to reliever Cameron Smith, who delivered with a fly out to center field and back-to-back strikeouts to get the Red Raiders out of the jam.
The Tech bullpen retired the final nine Charleston batters in order with Dominic Moreno picking up a pair of outs to end the seventh inning before Drozd entered to shut down the Cougars over the final two frames off just 15 pitches.
Moreno escaped trouble in the seventh thanks in part to the outstanding play in center field by Devon Conley. With two outs in the inning, Conley ranged to his left and made a diving snag off a Champ Rowland liner to the gap that protected the Tech 1-0 lead and kept Ben Boykin from scoring from second.
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