LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Chris Sadberry struck out a career-high eight Saturday, and Texas Tech held off the College of Charleston 1-0 in the opener of an NCAA super regional.
Sadberry worked a career-best eight innings as the Red Raiders (44-19) improved to 32-4 at home and took the lead in the best-of-three series.
"I just spotted up my pitches," the junior left-hander said. "I wanted to go out there with an attitude to attack the hitters with the fastball and work the other pitches off that."
Texas Tech got its third shutout in the last four games to move one win from reaching the College World Series for the first time.
"Chris was really solid," Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said. "And it seemed like we caught some breaks throughout the game. It's not often you win a game 1-0 in college baseball."
Jonny Drozd worked the ninth and retired the side in order.
Game 2 is Sunday.
"Sadberry did a great job for them," College of Charleston coach Monte Lee said. "He pitched like a No. 1 pitcher is supposed to pitch in the first game of a super regional. He didn't give us a lot, and we didn't take advantage when we had the chance."
Tech scored in the third inning when Stephen Smith singled to center with one out and stole second. The Red Raiders had a hit-and-run on, and Bryant Burleson swung through the pitch, but Smith stole the base when neither middle infielder covered the bag for the Cougars.