CORAL GABLES, Fla. – No. 23 Texas Tech shutout No. 3 Miami (Fla.) 4-0 to win the NCAA Coral Gables Regional Tournament championship game behind a complete-game shutout by junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith on Monday afternoon at Alex Rodrigues Park – Mark Light Field.
Texas Tech (43-19) wins its first-ever NCAA Regional Tournament while advancing to the program’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional. Tech will face College of Charleston in the Super Regional following the Cougars Gainesville Regional title.
Miami concludes its season with a 44-19 overall record.
Smith struck out three and allowed three hits and five walks while posting Tech’s first complete game of the season. Junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot led Tech offensively going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Zach Davisalso added two RBI.
Miami reliever Cooper Hammond (5-2) took the loss allowing two runs (both unearned) on four hits with two strikeouts.
Tech plated the first runs of the game in the seventh inning as a throwing error by Miami catcher Garrett Kennedy allowed Devon Conley to reach base on a sacrifice bunt while freshman third baseman Ryan Long, who walked to lead off the inning, came around to score from second base. Later that inning, sophomore pinch hitter Alex Humphreys scored Tech’s second run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Davis singled to center field in the top of the ninth inning to add two insurance runs for the Red Raiders.
The NCAA will announced Super Regional information on Tuesday morning.
NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team:
1B – Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech
2B – Matt Noble, Bethune-Cookman
3B – Ryan Long, Texas Tech
SS – Tim Proudfoot, Texas Tech
C – Garrett Kennedy, Miami
OF – Rob Paller, Columbia
OF – Josh Johnson, Bethune-Cookman
OF – Tyler Palmer, Miami
DH – Zach Collins, Miami
P – Dylan Dusek, Texas Tech
P – Bryan Radziewski, Miami
Most Outstanding Player – Dylan Dusek