When the No. 7 Red Raiders (45-20) face No. 4 Ole Miss (46-20) 2 p.m. Tuesday at the College World Series, they have to win or their season is over.
In fact, Texas Tech must win six games to win the National Championship, a tough mountain to climb, but it's been done before. In 2010, South Carolina lost their first game by one run and then won six in a row to capture the title.
Under Tim Tadlock, it's been one game at a time and that's the case here, starting with the Rebels.
"Coach always says play your game and never look back, look forward. We're gonna to that," said Red Raider Freshman Stephen Smith
Texas Tech practiced indoors Monday and were in good spirits, knowing they've still got a shot. Hunter Redman says looking at the small picture, anything is possible.
"It's what we've done all year. We can look at it six games at a time. If you look at the big picture, it doesn't look pretty, but if we go one pitch at a time, then we've got a chance."
Ole Miss will put Christian Trent (9-0, 2.21 ERA) on the mound while Tech is expected to go with Dylan Dusek (8-0).
Tim Tadlock feels if his team plays their game, they'll be okay:
"They're gonna be a good challenge. Anybody who's here at this point plays good baseball. We need to go out and really not be too concerned about who we're playing or the name on the jersey and go out and play the game the right way. "
Monday, Texas beat Louisville to eliminate the Cardinals from the CWS. Tuesday, the loser of Texas Tech and Ole Miss will also leave.
If the Red Raiders win, they'll advance to another elimination game against the TCU/Virginia loser Thursday night.
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