Man the tower, ring the bells! The Texas Tech Red Raiders avoided elimination on Saturday by defeating the top ranked Florida Gators 3-2.
The Red Raiders were anchored by starting pitcher Davis Martin. The freshman right hander, who is a Five Tool Alumni (Airhogs Martin), saved one of his best performances of the year by tossing seven shutout innings. The first team all-conference pitcher limited the high power Gator offense to only three hits during his outing. With stellar defensive plays (see below), Martin was able to work out of jams and improve his record to an astonishing 10-1 on the year.
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At the plate, Eric Gutierrez swung his way to lead the Red Raiders. Gutierrez was able to launch a two-run home run into the left field bullpen off Florida starter Alex Faedo. Gutierrez finished the day 2-4 to lead the offense.
Perhaps an unsung hero, left fielder Tyler Neslony was able to provide a much needed insurance run in the top of the ninth for the Red Raiders. Neslony reached on a fielder's choice and hustled his way to the plate after a pair of throwing errors by Florida third baseman Jonathan India and Peter Alonso from first base attempting to gun down Neslony at third.
In the bottom of the ninth, Florida’s Alonso unleashed a moonshot that landed above the left field bullpen to put the Gators within one. Following the Alonso homer, Neslony gunned down India for the game's final out. India was attempting to stretch a single into a double, but Neslony fired a bullet to second baseman Michael Davis to seal the win for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech is now set to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on June 23 at 8:00p.m ET.