LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 9 Stanford utilized the same formula Saturday it benefited from just a day prior in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional opener – solid starting pitching and the long ball.
The Cardinal, backed by nine strong innings from Alex Williams, three home runs from Brock Jones and another from Tommy Troy, ended No. 8 Texas Tech’s chances at a fifth College World Series appearance Saturday following a 9-0 victory inside Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The loss marked the first time the Red Raiders (39-17) had failed to advance out of a Super Regional in school history as Tech was previously 4-0 in such series, having overcome losses in three previous matchups. The College World Series berth is Stanford’s first since the 2008 season.
Williams (4-2) followed Brendan Beck’s lead from Friday by limiting Tech’s normally dangerous offense as the right-hander struck out six of the first 13 Red Raiders he faced with a pair of Cole Stilwell singles being the only damage through the first seven innings.
Tech totaled only two hits off Williams, who, on his own, became the first postseason opponent to shut out the Red Raiders at home in program history. The Red Raiders only placed multiple runners on base once against Williams, leading off the fifth with a hit-by-pitch to Stilwell and a walk to Easton Murrell.
Williams responded with two strikeouts and a fly ball behind the plate to escape damage in the sixth as his 10 punchouts were three shy of Beck’s career-high total from Friday. He went the distance for the second time in his career and the first time in a shutout.
Similar to the series opener, the Cardinal got on the board early after a two-out solo blast from Jones in the opening frame. It was one of three home runs on the day for Jones, who crushed a grand slam in the sixth and then another solo blast to lead off the eighth. He finished 3-for-5 from the three-hole, driving in six of Stanford’s nine runs on the day.
Troy followed Jones’ long ball in the first with a two-out, two-run homer in the second, giving Williams and Jones an early lead. Stanford’s only other run came via a two-out RBI single from Christian Robinson in the fifth, which pushed the Cardinal lead to 4-0 at the time.
Tech starter Patrick Monteverde (7-4) was charged with three earned runs in a losing effort as the southpaw lasted only 3.2 innings before handing off to Micah Dallas. Tech combined for seven strikeouts of the Cardinal with seven coming from Monteverde and two each from both Dallas and fellow relievers Ryan Sublette and Connor Queen.
Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics