June 2, 2012
TUCSON - Two power-conference champions squared off in college baseball's postseason but it was Pac-12 Champion Arizona showing all the power using a seven-run third inning to cruise to a 15-3 win over Big 12 Champion Missouri at the NCAA Baseball Tucson Regional Championships.
The Wildcats (39-17) hammered out 20 hits, including seven extra-base hits in their first home regional appearance since 1992. All-American pitcher Kurt Heyer paced Arizona by throwing a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out seven.
Missouri (32-27) struck early, taking leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but starting pitcher Blake Holovach lasted only three innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs. Blake Brown led the Tigers at the plate going 2-2, with a double and a triple.
Missouri drops to the loser's bracket and will face New Mexico State in an elimination game at 4 p.m. on Saturday while Arizona advances to play Louisville Saturday at 8 p.m.