Sam Houston holds off Texas Tech 9-8, forces deciding game

Posted June 05, 2017

Arizona started the fourth inning with a leadoff single from sophomore Alfonso Rivas, followed by junior Ryan Haug who was hit by the pitch. Two batters later, Salazar came up with two outs.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats used six pitchers on the day with starter Cody Deason taking the loss, falling to 5-3 on the season. Aguilera went two innings, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out two to earn the first win of his Arizona career.

An RBI single from Fregia in the first inning scored Riley McKnight and gave the Bearkats an early 1-0 lead, but it was the second inning when Sam Houston really took control.

With runners on first and second and no outs, Oliva sent a hard shot down the third-base line, but Beene made a great diving stop before getting to his feet, touching third base and firing to first to complete the double play. Berglund was thrown out at third to end the inning, but Tech increased it's lead, 6-0.

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In the top of the fourth, Long led the inning off for Tech with a solo home run to right field, increasing Tech's lead to 4-0. Arizona played Sam Houston in game 5 of the NCAA Lubbock Regional on June 4, 2017, at Dan Law Field.

Quezada recorded five strikeouts and only allowed one hit during the next two innings.

Nick Patten reached base all four times for the Blue Hens, including an RBI single in the sixth.

The Wildcats threatened in the top of the second inning, with runners on the corners and one out.

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He added a two-run double during the Bearkats' eight-run outburst in the second, when Bryce Johnson also had a two-run single.

But the huge inning threat was ended when Louis Boyd lined out to the first baseman, who proceeded to double up Kyle Lewis. It is the third time Sam Houston has advanced to a regional final, the last coming in the 2012 Rice Regional and also in Oxford, Miss., in 2007. His 87 hits in 2017 is the eighth most in a single season in Bearkat history.

The eight-run inning was tied for the most for Sam Houston State all year.

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