NCAA Baseball: Arizona stays alive; ASU, Washington eliminated
Pac-12 teams continue regional play Sunday in the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. This page will update as games go final.
The 'Cats beat Sam Houston State 6-5 Sunday night to secure a spot in the Lafayette Regional Final, where they'll once again face one-seed Louisiana - Lafayette.
Bobby Dalbec left his infeld post for the pitcher's mound and held the Bearkats to four runs on seven hits.
His offense provided just enough cushion to secure the win. Sam Houston took an early 1-0 lead on a Josh Biles RBI double.
But the 'Cats answered right back, tying the game up the next inning on an error and taking a 3-1 lead in the fourth with RBI doubles from JJ Matijevic and Cesar Salazar. Sam Houston tacked one run on in the fifth and Alfonso Rivas answered with a two-run, RBI triple in the sixth.
Sam Houston rallied back against relievers Ming and Ginkel, but came up just short to secure Arizona's spot in the final Monday afternoon at 12 p.m. PT/ 1 p.m. MT.
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) June 6, 2016
Fort Worth Regional
The Sun Devils clawed their way to a Regional Final appearance, eliminating Gonzaga (who took game one from them) en route to Sunday night's match up against first-seed TCU.
The road stopped there; TCU captured the Fort Worth Regional, eliminating ASU with a dominant 8-1 win. Eder Erives couldn't hold the TCU bats off. The Horned Frogs rallied for an early three-run lead in the second thanks to consecutive RBIs from Cam Warner and Evan Skoug. They tacked another run on in the seventh, marking Erives for four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
This one was in reach for ASU, though. David Greer capitalized with a runner in scoring position, knocking in what would be the Devils' only run of the game to put his team within two in the third.
The Horned Frogs eventually pulled away, leaping on reliever Seth Martinez in the eighth. Martinez gave up four hits and three runs, including Warner's two-run homer, before being pulled two outs into the eighth inning.
Reagan Todd allowed one inherited runner to score in relief before shutting the rally down. But the damage was done.
What an effort from the Sun Devils in this tourney, though. Coach Tracey Smith was proud of his team.
"This team is as close as any I've coached in my 20-plus years, & I know I'll have a smile on my face when I think back on them." - @ASUSkip
— Sun Devil Baseball (@ASU_Baseball) June 6, 2016
The Huskies were eliminated from the tournament following a 7-5 loss to four-seed Xavier Sunday night in the Nashville Regional. Xavier's bats were relentless, scoring two first-inning runs off Joe DeMers and attacked with another three in the second inning to send Washington's starter packing.
DeMers had given up six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work and his 'Dawgs faced a seven-run deficit through mid-second. So began their slow climb back into the game. Washington scraped two runs together in the third and rallied for three more in the fourth. But that was all she wrote. What a run, 'Dawgs.
Baker flies out to CF and Xavier wins 7-5. The Huskies run is over, but it was a good one. UW ends the year 33-23. pic.twitter.com/aJ5PkAR5CI
— UW Baseball (@UW_Baseball) June 6, 2016
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