Cliff Godwin remembers the first time East Carolina advanced to an NCAA super regional.
A senior co-captain for the Pirates in 2001, the current head coach at his alma mater vividly recalls his final at-bat as a Pirate.
“People ask me if I remember the super regional in 2001,” Godwin said. “Yeah, I made the last out, so I remember that 1-0 changeup that I popped straight up. I see it every single day because I was the tying run at the plate.”
This isn’t uncharted territory.
As Texas Tech gears up to host East Carolina in the Super Regional this weekend, the Red Raiders understand that they’ve been in this situation before. Two years ago. All season.
Before practice on Thursday, seniors Eric Gutierrez and Tyler Neslony flashed back to 2014.
“It’s the same goal,” Gutierrez said. “Nothing’s changed. We’ve been there. We’ve done that. We know how to do it. We’re a little calm, not too excited. We know how to get it done and hopefully the outcome is good.”
Ryan Moseley admits it was a bit interesting at first.
The right-hander entered his junior season after being the “Friday night guy” for Texas Tech the year prior.
But on the road in Waco for the Big 12 opener, a different Red Raider was getting the ball on Friday night. A freshman.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Moseley said. “I kind of settled into it.”
From the bullpen at Baylor Ballpark, Moseley watched as Davis Martin became the first Red Raider freshman in school history to earn the win in a conference opener.
The “Raider Power” chants were bellowed early and often as No. 5 Texas Tech defeated Fairfield 12-1 in the opening round of the Lubbock Regional at Rip Griffin Park on Friday.
That electricity sparked a Stephen Smith go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth as the Red Raiders rallied from behind to defeat New Mexico 4-3 to advance to the regional final Saturday.
Texas Tech freshmen pitchers Davis Martin and Steven Gingery were both named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team on Wednesday morning by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
The duo joins 12 other Red Raiders who have garnered Freshman All-America honors in school history as they are the fourth set of teammates to be recognized during the same season. This is the first time in school history where two pitchers have both been tabbed Freshman All-Americans.
DENVER — It was nearly four hours before game time as Lubbock native Chad Bettis walked out of the first-base dugout and headed to the warning track in right center field.
A starting pitcher for the Rockies, Bettis was in uniform in front of the team’s bullpen. He stretched both of his arms above his head, rotated his hips and a few minutes later began throwing the ball lightly to a teammate.
No. 5 Texas Tech (45-17) will host East Carolina (37-21-1) in the Super Regionals this weekend.
The first game will be Friday at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPNU. The second game will be Saturday at 2 p.m. and will air on ESPNU. The final game (if needed) will be Sunday at 2 p.m. and will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Whoever wins this weekend's best-of-three series advances to the College World Series.
Orlando Garcia really likes hitting at Dan Law Field.
He knows where all the gaps are. And Monday, he found both gaps in the Dallas Baptist outfield.
In the fourth inning, the Texas Tech shortstop doubled to right-center field, plating Michael Davis, who had walked.
In the sixth he found the gap in left-center -- this time with runners on the corners. Garcia, who was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, drove in a pair of runs, scoring Gutierrez who walked and Davis who singled.
The crowd rose to its feet and cheered as Ryan Moseley trotted off the mound — a sign or respect for what they had just witnessed.
It wasn’t a perfect game or a no-hitter.
Heck, Moseley didn’t even make it out of the fifth inning.
What he did, though, was help pitch Texas Tech past Dallas Baptist, 5-3, in the pivotal seventh game of the NCAA Lubbock Regional and send them on to the Super Regional where they will host upstart East Carolina.
Ryan Moseley walked from the bullpen in right field with Tyler Floyd by his side and his glove in his left hand as “Thunderstruck” blared from the loudspeakers.
Moseley, the ace from a year ago and first Red Raider freshman to start a College World Series game two years ago, started three games early this season before he became a reliever.