Gainesville, Fla. Gavin Cash And strong pitching power in Texas Tech’s rout of No. 2 Florida, 5-4, in Saturday’s Gainesville regional tournament at Condron Ballpark. Cash smashed two home runs, including a two-out blast in the bottom of the eighth, to set the stage. Brandon Beckel to earn his seventh save and send the Red Raiders to the regional championship game Sunday night.
“It’s definitely easier to win. [a regional] “When you win the first two, instead of losing the second or the first,” said the head coach Tim Tadlock When asked to comment on the significance of the victory. “It’s hard to do the opposite, it definitely puts you in a good position. At the same time, I think we’ve got a team that has a lot of respect for the other teams and the game. We’ll have dinner. Have some fun and get ready to go tomorrow.”
Texas Tech awaits the results of Sunday afternoon’s elimination game between Florida and UConn. The winner of the contest advances to Sunday’s game against the Red Raiders at 5 p.m. in CT.
The two heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a postseason classic in front of 7,311 fans, the second-highest postseason crowd for the Giants at Condron Ballpark and the ninth-largest crowd ever.
All five of Tech’s runs came on home runs, while the Red Raiders had a good showing, while the Gators scored two of their four runs on the long ball. Fueled by home runs, the Red Raiders improved to 21-4 this season when hitting two or more home runs in a game. Tech has 93 homers this season, the most in a single season since 95 in the 1998 season, a number fueled by Cash’s 26 homers, the second most in program history behind Joe Dillon’s 33 in 1997.
“Truly proud [Gavin]”He got some pitches to hit today and he’s just proud to be moving and being in the right field,” Tadlock said. [a slump], all poets probably go through rough patches and one thing that is not announced is the preparation. So, again, tomorrow he’ll go and take this with a grain of salt and be ready to go.
It wasn’t just the long ball that won the game for Texas Tech as a starter Kyle Robinson He squared off against the Florida Flames, with a few web gems to keep the hosts from scoring twice. Florida produced the game’s first run in the top of the fourth by using a sacrifice fly to cash in on a leadoff double to start the frame; A double play ended for an extra threat, he was recorded as an outfielder Nolan Hester Track the ball to the warning track with the runner in motion and back to the starting position for the second out.
The Red Raiders answered the Gators in the top of the fourth with the first of three home runs on Saturday. Austin Green He hammered his 12th hit of the season to give Tech a 2-1 lead after a nine-pitch battle by hitting four straight balls over the right field fence to take a 3-2 lead. A two-run homer helped. Kevin Buzzell Walking drawing, the first free pass of the night offered in Florida.
A second double play put Texas Tech in front to close the top of the fifth. The Redskins and Robinson found themselves in a bases-loaded jam and escaped with one out, forcing a 4-6-3 double play. The game. Cash hit his 25th home run of the season to lead off the next half inning to give the Red Raider a 3-1 lead and make matters worse for Florida. But the Gators came back a half-inning later, tying the game in the top of the sixth with an 0-2 fastball hit by reliever Jacques Cagliano. Ryan freehis 29th home run of the season, his first hit over the fence for Robinson.
Cash was the answer Texas Tech needed to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Zac Voletic With one out, he knocked in a single, then Cash hit his second homer of the night. Florida added a run in the bottom of the ninth Derek Bridges Beckel used eight pitches the last two outs before scoring.
Texas Tech will host Florida winner UConn at 11 a.m. CT. The Red Raiders will face the winner of that contest at 5 pm CT in the regional championship. It is the Red Raiders’ seventh-straight appearance in the regional championship game.