Arizona avoids elimination with 6-5 win over Delaware in 12

Posted June 05, 2017

In his second season as Arizona's head coach, Johnson guided the Wildcats to another postseason win facing elimination.

This game was supposed to start at 6 p.m., but with a weather delay in the elimination game between DE and Arizona, won by the Wildcats 6-5 in 12 innings, Tech's game didn't start until 9:30 p.m. and it didn't end until 12:23 a.m. Sunday.

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

Coming into the game, Garnder only had two home runs on the season.

On Saturday, Alfonso Rivas' solo home run in the 12th inning was the difference for Arizona. Freshman left fielder Grant Little started the inning for the Red Raiders with a double down the left field line.

The Wildcats threatened in the top of the second inning, with runners on the corners and one out. Aguilera came on and tossed a scoreless 11 to send the game to the 12.

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Gardner followed his two-run homer in the first with another two-run shot for a 5-0 lead in the fifth. 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.

According to Rojas, the team's scouting report on Arizona starting pitcher JC Cloney was the reason he was able to blast an off-speed pitch out of the park.

An RBI single from Fregia in the first inning scored Riley McKnight and gave the Bearkats an early 1-0 lead, but it was the second inning when Sam Houston really took control. Rojas came back up to the plate next and hit his second double of the inning, increasing the Bearkats lead, 8-0.

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

The Bearkats threatened in the bottom of the fourth after a walk and hit batter put two on with only one out. That gave the Bearkats a 9-0 lead. Hearn proceeded to step on first base to complete the double play and then Wesneski got Cal Stevenson to ground out harmlessly to prevent any further damage. That was all the Red Raiders could get in the inning, leaving two runners on.

Henderson was 2 of 3 and reached base five times as he walked, singled, bunted for another hit, was hit by a pitch and reached on an error that scored the Seminoles' final run in the top of the ninth inning.