After a pasting Sunday afternoon by the Blue Devils, the Red Raiders needed to rebound fast. How fast? Under 24 hours, if they wanted to head to Omaha and rebound they did.
Off of homers by Holt, Klein and Davis, the Red Raiders held off the Blue Devils 6-2. With a Johnny Wholestaff mentality, the Red Raiders took a page from Duke. No Texas Tech pitcher went more than 3 innings. Martin for 3 giving up a run in the 4th, Harpenau gave up a run in the 6th, but it was too late.
Holt homered on a 3-1 pitch to right field and it brought the Red Raider faithful to their feet. After Duke tied it up in the top of the 4th the stands , like the air surrounding the Law was flat.
Rheams sent a screamer down the right field line that one hopped the fence for a ground rule double. The faithful rose to their feet after Michael Davis sent the first pitch he saw way over the Red Raider bullpen. His shot made it 3-1 and they wouldn’t need more.
Duke continued to try and slow the pace of the game down to a tortoise style, but the Red Raiders were on a mission.
Quezada came in for a batter and walked him on four straight pitches. Then the master Tim Tadlock, pulled an ace out of his deck, John McMillon. The whammer took 2nd round draft pick to double play town and the entire stadium electrified. Something special was happening. McMillon came off of the field with an energy described as high voltage.
Ty Harpenau got the win with 3 quality middle innings. Senior Dylan Dusek came in for the last 3 outs for the save.
Duke stranded 14 runners and finished their season 45-18.
Omaha awaits the Red Raiders and Florida on Sunday.