How Did Texas Tech Get to Omaha? [Photo Gallery]
The Texas Tech Baseball season started with seeming disaster as Steven Gingery went down with elbow soreness that led to Tommy John surgery in the third inning of his first start in the second game of Texas Tech's season.
The team persevered to open the season with 14 straight victories, and expectations soared. Texas Tech would lose five of the next 8 games on a brutal road stretch including the first two games of Big 12 play. They would lose a second left-handed pitcher for the season when Erikson Lanning went down. But Texas Tech bounced back.
Texas Tech would win the next three Big 12 series, including a trouncing of Kansas State, and be in the discussion for a top-three national seed at the end of April. Then, they lost a series to TCU, two separate games to DBU and a pivotal series to Texas. They plummeted out of the Big 12 championship picture and out of the conversation for a top 5 seed.
Texas Tech bounced back, winning three straight against conference-leading Oklahoma State. The sweep secured a three-seed in the Big 12 Tourney, where Texas Tech baseball laid an absolute egg to excuse themselves from the National Seed conversation. This Texas Tech baseball team would then do what it's done all season: Pick itself up off the turf and overcome adversity when they hosted the NCAA Lubbock Regional.
Lubbock Regional Photo Gallery
Texas Tech ripped through the Lubbock Regional, beating New Mexico State and Louisville (twice) in three straight games to move on to the Super Regional.
Caleb Killian would overcome a multitude of adversity in Game 2 to throw a gem, beating Louisville and remaining unbeaten heading into Game 3.
The Duke Blue Devils helped the Red Raiders out by beating Georgia, which led to the Red Raiders playing a home series against Duke in the NCAA Super Regional.
Super Regional Photo Gallery
The Super Regional would provide ample opportunity for Texas Tech to show just what kind of a scrappy dog fight team they are by beating Duke 6-4 in a tense Game 1 showdown. Duke would even the series in Game 2 by demolishing and embarrassing the Red Raiders, 11-2.
Duke entered Game 3 with all of the momentum, along with a 5-0 record in elimination games this post-season.
But again, for the final time at home, Texas Tech would pick themselves up and fight.
The team never trailed in the final game of the Super Regional, beating Duke 6-2 in a game that provided a great performance from a bullpen that has struggled this season. It also gave an opportunity to see Gabe Holt struggle on the field and overcome adversity by getting an insurance RBI and score a run in the closing innings.
Davis Martin got out of an inning scoreless after a brutal call at first base.
Now, Texas Tech heads to Omaha, where a National Championship awaits the team who can overcome the most adversity.
My money is on Tim Tadlock and the team that has been beating adversity back with an aluminum bat since game two of the season back in February.
After all third times the charm right?