Texas Tech tops Sam Houston 6-0, reaches final of regional

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Cody Farhat also drove in two runs for top-seeded Texas Tech (44-15), which will play the Sam Houston State-Arizona victor Saturday. With the loss, DE was eliminated from the Lubbock Regional.

Arizona head coach Jay Johnson (2) argues a call with the plate umpire in the Wildcats' 5-4 loss to Sam Houston State on Friday.

Despite getting runners on base in all but one inning, Arizona was unable to put hits together and stay alive in the regional.

The Wildcats (38-20), who went to the NCAA World Series last season, blew a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Bearkats added to their lead when sophomore starting pitcher Cody Deason walked another batter, making it 2-0.

Arizona would get a solo homer from Boyd to lead off the top of the ninth, but that would be it as Wesneski would retire three of the final four Wildcat hitters to close it out and send the Kats to the regional final. Aguilera came on and tossed a scoreless 11 to send the game to the 12.

Junior center fielder Tanner Gardner put the Red Raiders on the board early with a two-run homer over the right field wall. He and JJ Matijevic have now combined for 128 RBI, the most by a set of Arizona teammates since Bill Rhinehart and C.J. Ziegler combined for 129 in 2007. Both runners would be stranded at the end of the inning. "It's nice to be able to get back on the field and get healthy and start swinging the bat well and seeing it well".

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

The one-run lead didn't hold up long, though. But the Bearkats were not done as Clayton Harp greeted reliever Landon Faulkner with an RBI single, followed by Rojas' second double of the inning to make it 8-0.

One of those came from the arm of right fielder Hunter Hearn in the fourth with the game tied at 1.

Sam Houston State loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning after a double from Robie Rojas and two walks. The Blue Hens got to Ming in the eighth and scored two more runs.

Texas Tech ace Steven Gingery didn't get off to a great start in the bottom half of the inning either, allowing Bearkat leadoff hitter Riley McKnight to single through the left side of the infield before plunking center fielder Bryce Johnson.

Arizona starter JC Cloney (7-2) allowed 10 hits and five runs - four earned - in seven innings.