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

Ellen Mills
June 5, 2017

The Blue Hens were eliminated Saturday, defeated by Arizona 6-5 in 12 innings. In between, Ryan Long had a solo homer in the fourth in a game that ended early Sunday morning after a weather delay during Arizona's 6-5 elimination win in 12 innings against Delaware.

Robie Rojas continued his strong surge at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two of Sam Houston's four doubles and an RBI to lead the Bearkats at the plate.

John McMillon, Jacob Patterson and Parker Mushinski combined for four shutout innings for the Red Raiders, with Mushinski getting his sixth save. Rivas gave the Wildcats the lead for good when he hit a home run to the opposite field with two outs. "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". Rojas came back up to the plate next and hit his second double of the inning, increasing the Bearkats lead, 8-0. 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. DE answered right away with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

The inning continued with Long drawing the one-out walk. That gave the Bearkats a 9-0 lead.

With runners at first and second and one down, Arizona second baseman Kyle Lewis ripped a single to right field with a hit-and-run on, prompting the Arizona third base coach to wave third baseman Nick Quintana home. With two runs already on the board, the Wildcats had the bases loaded with no outs. That was all the Red Raiders could get in the inning, leaving two runners on.

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.

DE struck for two more in the ninth to set up extra innings and Arizona's eventually thrilling win.

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

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