Arizona's upperclassmen accounted for 13 of the Wildcats' 20 hits, and junior ace Kurt Heyer tossed his seventh complete game of the season on the mound.
June 2, 2012
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Arizona 15, Missouri 3 (Box Score)
TUCSON, Ariz. - Playing before a crowd of 5,086 at Hi Corbett Field, the Arizona baseball team pounded out 20 bases hits and rode the arm of All-American pitcher Kurt Heyer to a rousing 15-3 victory over Missouri in the school's first home postseason game since 1992.
Arizona (39-17), the Tucson Regional's top seed, faced early 2-0 and 3-2 deficits before erupting for seven runs in the fourth inning. From there, Heyer shut down fourth-seeded Missouri (32-27).
Joey Rickard, a junior, ripped three hits and drove in four runs to pace a group of upperclassmen that combined to hit 13-for-23 with nine runs scored and 10 runs batted in. Juniors Alex Mejia, Robert Refsnyder and Seth Mejias-Brean each tallied a pair of hits, while senior Bobby Brown delivered four hits, two runs and two runs batted in.
Heyer (W, 12-2) struggled early as he surrendered two runs on two hits, including Blake Brown's run-scoring triple, in the first inning. Then, after UA tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the first, Heyer gave up an unearned run on a pair of hits in the second as the Tigers reclaimed a 3-2 edge.
The right-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., was lights out from there.
Heyer, who struck out seven, did not allow a base hit the rest of the way, yielding just a pair of a walk and one ninth inning error for the only base runners he would allow. His nine-inning effort capped his seventh complete game of the season and the 10th of his Wildcat career.
In the decisive fourth inning, Arizona 11 batters to the plate and chased Missouri starter Blake Holovach. Brown opened the frame with a high-chop single to left field. He would put an exclamation point on the inning later as he came to bat again and roped a two-run double to the right field wall as the Wildcats went from a run down to six runs up with the 9-3 advantage
Holovach (L, 7-5) suffered the loss. The left-hander was charged with six earned runs on 10 hits, lasting just 3.1 innings.
All 10 Wildcat position players that played in the game registered a base hit, nine scored a run and eight drove in a run.
Arizona advances to play No. 3-seed Louisville (40-20) on Saturday night. The Wildcats will send right-hander Konner Wade to the mound against the Cardinal's Jared Ruxer, also a righty. Arizona will be the desginated visiting team and, first pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Tucson Regional Results
Game 1: (4) Louisville 3, (2) New Mexico State 2
Game 2: (1) Arizona 15, (4) Missouri 3
Tucson Regional Schedule (Saturday)
Game 3 (4 p.m.): (2) New Mexico State vs. (4) Missouri
Game 4 (8 p.m.): (1) Arizona vs. (3) Louisville