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Arizona avoids elimination with 6-5 win over DE in 12

NCAA Baseball: Big inning helps Sam Houston State eliminate Arizona 9-3 Arizona avoids elimination with 6-5 win over DE in 12
Marta Holmes | 05 June, 2017, 07:25

Tanner Gardner hit two 2-run homers and Ryan Long had a solo shot as the top seeded Red Raiders beat Sam Houston State 6-0 in the winners bracket of the Lubbock NCAA Regional early Sunday morning. The right-hander gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced.

In his second season as Arizona's head coach, Johnson guided the Wildcats to another postseason win facing elimination. The Hens got two back in the 8th on a two out, two run single by Jeremey Ake, and then forced extra innings with a two out, two run single by Jordan Glover in the 9th.

Arizona scrapped back with two runs in the fourth - Nick Quintana and Cesar Salazar both delivered RBI hits - but this game was well in hand for Sam Houston State at that point.

When the Wildcats took the field in the bottom of the third, junior right-hander Robby Medel took over on the mound.

Left fielder Clayton Harp, Rojas and designated hitter Jaxxon Grisham welcomed Faulkner to the contest by driving in runs on consecutive hits off of him, increasing the Kats lead to 9-0 before the inning ended. 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 Wildcats were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position today.

Beau Ridgeway (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Louis Boyd hit his only homer of the season in the ninth inning for Arizona (38-21), which last season made its 17th College World Series appearance. After junior Cal Stevenson flied out to center, junior JJ Matijevic hit his 30th double of the season, tying the Arizona record for a single season.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats used six pitchers on the day with starter Cody Deason taking the loss, falling to 5-3 on the season. 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.

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