Cougars road to Omaha ends in Texas with pair of 1-0 losses
LUBBOCK, Texas (WCIV) -- The College of Charleston was supposed to take the field Sunday afternoon for the second game in its Super Regional against Texas Tech.
However, the weather prevented the game from starting for more than an hour. Finally, at 4:30 p.m., the crowd filed back into the stands and the teams took the field once again.
Charleston freshman pitcher Bailey Ober handled business early, giving up a double in the second inning and a single in the third inning.
Tim Proudfoot managed a single to start off the third inning, but advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ober managed to pitch his way out of it, though, keeping the Red Raiders scoreless after three.
Texas Tech's pitcher, freshman Dylan Dusek, was strong through three innings, only giving up one hit in 48 pitches. The Cougars' Blake Butler was walked and made it to second on a steal, but a ground out ended the inning.
The first run for the Red Raiders came in the fourth inning on an Adam Kirsch double that drove home Tyler Neslony.
The Cougars went without another hit until the fifth inning, when Morgan Phillips hit a two-out single but he was stranded there by more strong Texas Tech defense.
In the sixth inning an Eric Gutierrez double to right put the Red Raiders in scoring position again, but Ober put two away on back-to-back strike outs to end to inning.
Butler responded with a single up the middle and Texas Tech took the opportunity to retire Dusek. He allowed three hits in 5 innings and had a runner on first as he left the mound.
Leftie Cameron Smith relieved him.
Brandon Murray singled, pushing Butler to second. They were stranded however, by a Carl Wise line out to center and strike outs by Nick Pappas and Brandon Glazer.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alex Pastorious hit a single and advanced to second on a Ryan Welke sacrifice bunt. Tech turned again to the bullpen and brought in Dominic Moreno to pitch the Red Raiders out of the inning.
CofC went scoreless, though, after a diving catch in right center by Devon Conley robbed Champ Rowland of an RBI double and ended the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Texas Tech called up their fourth pitcher of the day in Jonny Drozd, who closed Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ober continued his dominant march through eight innings, showing why he has picked up several awards from the CAA and been named an All-American.
Head coach Monte Lee pulled the freshman after eight. He allowed six hits, one run and recorded four strike outs. Chase Henry came in to close out the elimination game.
In the ninth, the road to Omaha ended for the College of Charleston on a Gunnar Heidt ground out, a Glazer strike out and a Pastorious ground out.
Texas Tech moves on to Omaha, the first time ever in the school's history.
Weather delays are a series of events all too familiar for the Cougars in this NCAA tournament run. In Gainesville, the Cougars were hit with weather delays that ultimately pushed their final game against Long Beach State into a different day. In fact, coaches and players took to calling the regional "Rainsville" because of all the heavy rains that moved through the area.
On Sunday, strong storms picked up again. At one point, pellet-sized hail fell, covering the field.
The game was supposed to start at 3 p.m. ET, but rain pushed that to 3:45 p.m. and now to a hopeful 4:30 p.m. It's a pretty comfortable scenario for the Cougars.
"We've dealt with this. They haven't," said head coach Monte Lee.