Texas Tech Red Raider baseball made history on Wednesday night, while also ending history, with beating Mike Martin’s Florida State team 4-1 in the second elimination game of Bracket A in the College World Series. With the win, this Red Raider baseball team has made it farther in the tournament and season than any team before it.
With the game tied at 1-1, Red Raider second baseman Brian Klein cane through with a solo home run in the top of the sixth to get the Texas Tech the lead, of which, they never let go.
Texas Tech would add two more runs in the top of the 8th by battling with All-American and ESPN favorite FSU closer JC Flowers, with three straight singles and a base on balls to score two. The bottom of the 8th saw one of the most outstanding defensive plays you’ll ever see with Dylan Neuse tracking down a hard hit ball in the gap for an out.
The offense, while good, wasn’t the storyline in this one. The pitching was absolutely dominant. Starter Bryce Bonnin went five strong innings only giving up two hits and had seven strikeouts. You could say the one run given up by Bonnin was not even his fault, given some wild throws by catcher Braxton Fulford. Reliever Taylor Floyd came in the sixth and had his longest outing of the season. He gave the Red Raiders four innings, only giving way to one hit and collected eight strikeouts. Floyd was simply magical tonight and gave a pretty taxes bullpen the break it needs heading to Friday against Michigan. The Red Raiders will need to beat Michigan twice in order to advance to the championship series of the CWS.
It’s never easy playing the bad guy, but that’s exactly what Tadlock’s boys had to do to advance tonight. They had to defy the Omaha locals rooting for FSU and the obvious one-aided commentary from ESPN. This team didn’t back down from that challenge, and I don’t expect them to back down in a rematch to Michigan.
I’ll leave you with my favorite Tm Tadlock quote thus far, “Success in this game favors those who prepare.”.