Hunter Hearn scored twice and drove in two more runs to lead Sam Houston State to a 4-3 victory over host Texas Tech, and the Bearkats are going to an NCAA super regional for the first time.
After Hearn reached on a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning to drive in a run and tie the game at 3-all, he scored from first on second baseman Brian Klein’s throwing error that ricocheted down the right field line.
Sam Houston State (44-21), the Southland Conference tournament champ, dropped into the loser’s bracket after a 6-0 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday night. But the Bearkats then beat Arizona for the second time in the regional and won twice against the Red Raiders (45-17), the No. 5 national seed and a College World Series team last season.
Nick Mikolajchak worked the ninth for his 13th save, striking out clean-up hitter Hunter Hargrove with two runners on base to end the game. Hargrove had three hits.
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Riley Cooper (4-3), the third of five Bearkats pitchers, allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Parker Mushinski (3-2) took the loss.
The game for the Big 12 powerhouse Red Raiders may have turned on an umpire’s call in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Texas Tech’s Josh Jung was called out at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple.
Jung overslid the bag and was tagged out, after beating the throw. There was a question if the third baseman pushed him off the bag with his glove.