LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kurt Wilson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 8-6 in an NCAA Super Regional finale Sunday, earning the Red Raiders their fourth College World Series berth in six seasons.
Josh Jung led off the eighth with his second homer of the game before a pitching change. Ben Leeper (4-4) then walked two batters and struck out another before Wilson’s drive over the wall in right-center field for his fourth homer of the season.
Oklahoma State (40-21) had two runners on base when Colin Simpson, who had hit a tiebreaking homer an inning earlier, struck out against Dane Haveman to end the game.
Haveman got his third save after taking over for John McMillon (3-3), who struck out six over 3 2/3 innings.
The Red Raiders (44-18), the Big 12 regular season champions, have earned all of their trips to Omaha in alumnus Tim Tadlock’s seven seasons coaching the Red Raiders.
Braxton Fulford also homered for Texas Tech.
The Cowboys, who won the Big 12 tournament last month, had already rallied from deficits twice to tie the game before Simpson’s 17th homer of the season for a 5-4 lead in the eighth.
Trevor Boone and Cade Cabbiness also went deep for the Cowboys, who last went to Omaha in 2016.