The Red Raiders found themselves back in the Super Regionals to face off against Big 12 foe Oklahoma State. Texas Tech knew they could handle the Cowboys after sweeping the Pokes during their regular season series, but the postseason brought out a different level of intensity for these two teams. In what was likely the best series of the weekend, Texas Tech fought off an Oklahoma State team that recorded the second most home runs by a team during the 2019 season.
Micah Dallas has been absolutely phenomenal for Texas Tech this season. The freshman has been the surprise of the season as he is now 7-0 in 11 starts. Dallas had an efficient start against the high-powered Pokes by only giving up four hits, two earned runs, one walk, while recording nine strikeouts during his five inning start.
Offense was the story of this super regional, but Micah managed this game well enough to let the Red Raider bats get going. Dallas managed to strand a Cowboy runner on third base during the first inning which allowed Tech to strike first and take a lead in the second inning. While the opening game was close throughout, Tech never trailed in game one and Dallas’s efforts were key to getting off to a good start.
The Red Raiders have advanced to Omaha for the fourth time in program history and all of their appearances have been since 2014, including their first ever back-to-back appearance after getting to Omaha in 2018. Texas Tech will face a familiar Michigan foe to open up the College World Series this weekend. Dallas and company swept the Wolverines in Lubbock during a three-game series back in March. If I recall correctly, the last time a Texas Tech team played Michigan in the postseason things went pretty well.