Texas 4, Sam Houston St. 2
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Trey Salinas had an RBI triple in the sixth inning and Blake Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to lead Texas to a 4-2 victory over Sam Houston State on Friday, keeping the Longhorns alive in the NCAA Central I Regional.
Texas (38-23) led 1-0 when Jason Layne laced a one-out ground-rule double in the sixth. Salinas hit a line drive to center field that Brad Prihoda of the Bearkats failed to hold on to when he slammed into the wall. The hit went for a triple and Salinas scored on Davis’ sacrifice fly to center.
Sam Houston State (31-31) rallied in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Rosplock hit a two-out, two-run homer, his 12th of the season. But Kendal Adare (3-0) struck out Ron Thames to end the inning.
In the ninth, after Adare gave up a two-out triple to Thames, Eric French came on to strike out pinch-hitter Jason Hurta on three pitches for his ninth save. Adare allowed five hits.
Bearkats starter Scott Davis (5-3) gave up eight hits while striking out four in seven innings.
The Longhorns advanced to face Miami (44-13) in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Miami, who lost to Sam Houston in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, eliminated second-seed Long Beach State with a 5-2 win Friday.
Sam Houston goes on to a loser’s bracket game at noon Saturday against UCLA, which lost to Southwest Missouri State 13-2.