LUBBOCK, Texas — There will be no magical run to Omaha for the Arizona Wildcats this season.
Arizona was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, falling 9-3 to Sam Houston State in the Lubbock Regional at Rip Griffin Park.
The Wildcats were the No. 2 seed in the regional but dropped a pair of games to the third-seeded Bearkats. The results were reversed a year ago, when Arizona swept Sam Houston State to knock the Bearkats out in Lafayette, La.
The Wildcats ended up advancing to the College World Series finals, where they lost in three games to Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers did not make the NCAA Tournament this year. The Cats did not make it past the first weekend.
Sunday’s game turned in the bottom of the second inning, when Sam Houston State scored eight runs — all with two outs. That gave the Bearkats a 9-0 lead.
Arizona had a chance to put a sizable dent in its deficit in the top of the fourth. With two runs already on the board, the Wildcats had the bases loaded with no outs. Louis Boyd then lined out to first, and Kyle Lewis, who had reached on an infield single, got doubled off. Cal Stevenson grounded out to first to end the inning.
Arizona ends the season 38-21, having lost four of its final five games.
Sam Houston State will face host Texas Tech later Sunday. The Red Raiders will advance to Super Regionals with a victory.