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

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

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

The Red Raiders and Bearkats played for a packed house at Dan Law, with 4,732 fans in attendance.

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

But before the inning could start, both teams were pulled off the field because of lightning in the area.

It was the second win of the regional for Sam Houston (42-21) over the Wildcats (38-21), one year after Arizona handed the Kats a pair of losses at the 2016 Lafayette Regional. He gave way to Hayden Wesneski in the fourth and after giving up two RBI singles to the first two hitters he faced, proceeded to retire 14 of the next 18 hitters he faced.

The Bearkats struck first during the contest. That was all the Wildcats could get in the innings, stranding three runners.

The Bearkats then scored a total of eight runs in the inning to go ahead 9-0. The Blue Hens got to Ming in the eighth and scored two more runs.

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. DE answered right away with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

Coming into the game, Garnder only had two home runs on the season. "I had to really bring it". "Just getting healthy and getting some at bats through my injury", Gardner said.

The one-run lead didn't hold up long, though. Freshman catcher Michael Berglund hit a two-out double down the right field line, scoring Long from first. Rojas came back up to the plate next and hit his second double of the inning, increasing the Bearkats lead, 8-0.

When Tech took the field in the seventh inning, junior right-hander Jose Quezada took over on the mound.

Starting pitcher Steven Gingery moved to 10-1 on the season after throwing six scoreless innings. He's the first to tally over 100 strikeouts in a season since Chad Bettis (102) in 2010. "He went changeup away, then fastball in ... and he ended up going with a breaking ball and he just left it up". "The guys played good defense behind him", Tadlock said.

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