LUBBOCK, Texas – Robie Rojas hit a tie-breaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning, leading Sam Houston State to a 5-4 victory against Arizona in the first round of the Houston Regional on Friday night.
Rojas’ two-out drive broke a 1-1 tie and helped send the Bearkats (41-20) into the winners bracket to face top-seeded host Texas Tech on Saturday night. The Wildcats (37-20) will play Delaware in an elimination game.
Reliever Riley Cooper (2-3) got the win despite allowing five hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Nick Mikolajchak struck out three in 1 1/3 innings for his 11th save.
Arizona starter JC Cloney (7-2) allowed 10 hits and five runs — four earned — in seven innings.
Rojas had two hits along with Bryce Johnson, Clayton Harp, Hunter Hearn and Taylor Beene.
Alfonso Rivas had three hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.