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

Kristen Gonzales
June 5, 2017

A day after both of their college teams fell to lower seeds, they bounced back in their respective NCAA Division I tourney regionals.

Arizona senior infielder Louis Boyd tags out a Sam Houston base runner at second base.

After giving up a double down the left-field line to Red Raiders leadoff hitter Grant Little, center fielder Tanner Gardner launched a two-run bomb over the right-field wall off Donica two batters later. Berglund was thrown out at third to end the inning, but Tech increased it's lead, 6-0.

Donica then walked Texas Tech first baseman Hunter Hargrove on four straight balls and gave up a bloop single to right fielder Ryan Long to put runners on the corners.

When the Wildcats took the field in the bottom of the third, junior right-hander Robby Medel took over on the mound. The freshman finished with 6.0 innings of work in just his fifth relief appearance of the year, striking out three to pick up his team-best 10th victory of the year. The Wildcats got each of their first two batters of the inning on base, forcing Sam Houston to bring in Wesneski from the bullpen.

The Road to Omaha will end in Lubbock for the Arizona Wildcats. That was all the Wildcats could get in the innings, stranding three runners.

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DE rallied from four runs down in the final two innings to tie the game at 5 in the ninth.

Henderson was 2 of 3 and reached base five times as he walked, singled, bunted for another hit, was hit by a pitch and reached on an error that scored the Seminoles' final run in the top of the ninth inning.

Boyd launched his first career HR in his last at bat in the ninth inning. He singled to center on a 3-1 count to score Matijevic and break the 0-0 tie. 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.

"Tough one, but we'll regroup and get ready for the 2018 season", Johnson said.

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