1. Red Raider of the Game
As great as Hargrove's home run was, pitcher Ryan Moseley was effective in a high pressure situation again. These first 2 games against West Virginia have felt more like postseason games, low scoring, with teams jumping on others mistakes. Moseley was able to get both saves, and appears to have been able to get past the disastrous inning against TCU earlier this season. The team will need him to stay strong as the games start to mean so much more.
2. Play That Impacted the Game
This season Hunter Hargrove has been able to come up with timely pinch hits in high pressure situations. Florida State, Oklahoma State, and now West Virginia. His 3-run shot in the bottom if the 7th made all the difference in the game. It was a strange at bat for Hunter, who fouled 6 consecutive pitches, most of which were sharp fouls, indicating Hunter just wasn't seeing the pitches correctly. The broadcast mentioned how he just didn't look as comfortable at the plate, and then he launched one deep to left, and may have given a bit of a bat flip....
3. Stat of the Game
7-1. Tech ended up taking 7 of 8 series in Big 12 play this year, and could have easily taken all 8, if not for a hiccup against the Horns. The team came into play this year knowing they would have to place better in the Big 12 to get a chance at the postseason and they delivered. Last year's 3rd place finish and an earlier than desired exit from the Big 12 tournament left them out of the field of 64 but this year their excellent conference record has them all but locked into hosting a regional at this point.
4. Forgotten Play of the Game
In the top of the 4th inning, West Virginia was able to load the bases on a walk and a couple of infield hits before getting an out. Gingery proceeded to plunk the next 2 batters, giving the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead, still with the bases loaded and no outs. At this point Parker Mushinski started warming up in the bullpen, and many fans were calling for Gingery to be pulled before the game got too far out of hand. But the next batter lined a pitch straight back to the mound that Gingery caught and quickly tossed to Davis at 2nd to get the 2nd out for a double play.
5. Big Reason Tech Won the Game
West Virginia starter Chad Donato was brilliant in the game, with 10 strikeouts. However, the Red Raiders were able to keep the game close, and once they saw a crack in Donato in the 7th, jumped on him quickly. The team was patient, calm, and showed the maturity that a veteran team should have. The conference is wrapped up, many media outlets say the team has a national seed locked up, and they are still playing fantastic ball.
Today is the final regular season game, and will be senior day for many great players on the team. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm again as the Red Raiders look to sweep another.