1. Red Raider of the Game
Junior pitcher Ryan Moseley came into this season with high expectations, and most analysts predicted him to be the anchor of the pitching staff, and a great veteran presence among several freshmen. Instead, after a couple bad performances, he was relegated to the bullpen and went a few weeks without seeing much action. Today was his 2nd straight relief appearance in which he had a great game. Today he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing no hits and only 2 walks, and Ryan was the winning pitcher in today's game.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, with the Red Raiders up 2-0, Michael dAvis came up with 2 men in scoring position and 2 outs on the board. He sent a pitch to left center, bringing both men home. Davis has been on fire lately, winning the Big 12 offensive player of the week and the National College Baseball Writers of America National Hitter of the Week.
3. Stat of the Game
Tech had 3 sacrifice fly's and a sacrifice hit today that helped move runners into scoring position, and in one instance, score a run. That kind of small ball will help the Red Raiders when they start playing the tougher conference opponents when runs may be a ta a premium.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
In the top of the 5th inning the Aztecs would score twice, once on a throwing error, that would bring the game to 5-2. After a fielder's choice that put 2 runners in scoring position with 2 outs, freshman infielder Jordan Verdon would ground out and end the inning. Unlike Tech was able to do in the 3rd inning, San Diego State would not be able to score with runners in scoring position and Tech would stay ahead for good.
5. Big Reason Tech Won the Game
The Red Raiders didn't get a great starting performance by Ty Harpenau, who only went 3 innings, and then usual rock Robert Dugger only went 1.2 innings. Moseley and Dalton Brown would finish the game out strong, with the bullpen showing it can shut down an opponent. The easy weekends are now over for Tech with 3 of the next 4 weekends against tough Big 12 opponents, including a weekend series in Ft Worth in 2 weeks that could decide the Big 12 regular season champs.