Lubbock, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Chris Sadberry tossed eight scoreless frames while Tyler Neslony hit an RBI triple in the third inning to lead Texas Tech to a 1-0 win over College of Charleston Saturday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Lubbock Super-Regional at Dan Law Field.
Sadberry gave up four hits with no walk and eight strikeouts to improve to 5-3 while Jonny Drozd pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Catcher Hunter Redman had some terrific saves at the plate, saving two runs in the process as the Red Raiders moved a win away from the College World Series, which will be played in Omaha, Nebraska.
Taylor Clarke (10-4) absorbed the loss for the Cougars after giving up the RBI triple to Neslony. He yielded one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in eight frames for his ninth quality start of the season.
Earlier, Sadberry was earlier drafted by the Miami Marlins with the 167th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Sadberry became Texas Tech’s highest drafted left-handed pitcher since 2006 when Dustin Richardson went in the fifth round to the Boston Red Sox.
Two rounds later, Texas Tech had its second player taken when Redman was selected in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers (249th overall).
Redman becomes Tech’s highest drafted catcher since 2006 when Tyler Reves was drafted in the fourth round (135th overall) of the draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Redman – an All-Big 12 second team pick – batted .328 during Big 12 play with 13 RBI. Redman is the first Tech catcher to receive All-Big 12 during his first season at Tech since Willie Durazo in 2002 (2nd Team).