Red Raiders Advance To NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship
June 5, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. - Texas Tech scored 10 runs in the final two innings to erase a three run deficit and cruised to a 14-7 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in an NCAA regional elimination game on Saturday night at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Red Raiders will play fifth-ranked Georgia Tech in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship at 1 p.m. (ET) on Sunday afternoon.
Texas Tech (40-20) pulled off another remarkable comeback as the Red Raiders scored eight runs in the top of the eighth inning with six runs coming against Mississippi State ace closer Saunders Ramsey. Ramsey walked leadoff batter Josh Brady and then put Jose Delgado on first base when he hit him in the back. Cameron Blair pulled Tech to within one when he laced a double off the wall in right-center. Junior left fielder Michael Mask tied the game with a single to left and Josh Haney gave Tech its first lead with a squeeze bunt down the third base line. Cody Fuller and Brady came up through with two-RBI singles to help push the Tech lead to 12-7.
Mississippi State (35-24) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Bulldogs tagged Tech starter Steve Gooch for five hits in the frame.
Josh Haney got Tech back into the game in the top of the third when he belted a three-run homer over the right field fence, tying the game at 3-3. The Tech lead did not last as Mississippi State catcher Craig Tatum hit a two-run dinger to put the Bulldogs back in the lead at 5-3.
Texas Tech will play top-seeded Georgia Tech in the NCAA Atlanta Regional Championship on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. In order for Texas Tech to advance to next week's NCAA Super Regionals, the Red Raiders must defeat the Yellowjackets twice since Georgia Tech enters the championship game undefeated in the this double elimination tournament.
Corey Gerstner (8-1) picked up the win for Texas Tech as he pitched six innings of solid relief allowing just two earned runs on four hits. Mississippi State's Saunders Ramsey (7-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs in a blown save as he allowed six earned runs on three hits and never recorded an out in his relief appearance in the eighth.
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