OMAHA, Neb. – Texas Tech’s first appearance in the College World Series was a short one.
After scratching out a run to tie it in the top of the ninth inning, Mississippi scored in the bottom half to hand the Red Raiders a 2-1 loss that sends them back to Lubbock, Texas, after two games here.
We line up to play and we want to win, Tech coach Tim Tadlock said, so right now it’s kind of an unusual feeling for me because we did do something these guys will hold forever. At the same time, we’re going to lay our head down every night and wake up every morning trying to get back.
The Red Raiders (45-20) batted just .223 at TD Ameritrade Park, and three of the five runs they allowed were unearned.
Ole Miss (47-20) won on John Gatlin’s pinch single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield. The exciting finish came after Texas Tech had tied it in the top of the ninth on a couple daring steals and a sacrifice fly.
When the game is on the line like that, we’re each called upon in different situations and every one of us feels prepared for it and expects to get the job done, Gatlin said. That just goes back to the toughness we’ve been preaching all year.
Ole Miss (47-20) plays TCU or Virginia on Thursday in another elimination game.
Scott Weathersby (4-4) got the win for an inning of relief of left-hander Christian Trent. Smith (8-3) took the loss after working a third of an inning.