Arizona 1, Mississippi State 0
--- by Michael Tate
Two future MLB pitchers took part in an old fashioned pitchers duel during Friday's Super Regional round game in Starkville, Mississippi.
Dakota Hudson, the 34th pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2016 MLB Draft, struck out six batters on 92 pitches while only giving up one earned run. Opposing pitcher Bobby Dalbec, a fourth round selection by the Boston Red Sox, struck out nine batters while giving up no runs during his eight innings pitched.
In fact, both teams provided five scoreless innings before Arizona got going during the top of the sixth. Alfonso Rivas gave the Wildcats their first hit of the inning, a single to right field. Ryan Aguilar would reach base safely on a fielder's choice, and with a runner in scoring position, JJ Matijevic socked what would prove to be the game-winning hit: A double down that scored Aguilar in the process.
After an admirable attempt at a comeback during the bottom of the ninth from Mississippi St., Wildcats relief pitcher Cameron Ming came in for the save and shut the door on the Bulldogs in Starkville.
With the 1-0 victory, Arizona will now try and close out Mississippi St. Saturday night in Game 2.
TCU 8, Texas A&M 2
--- by Christopher Novak
The Aggies welcomed their in-state foes from Fort Wort on Friday night to College Station. By night's end, they'd received quite a ribbing from the Horned Frogs as TCU would take Game 1 from Texas A&M by the tally of 8-2.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning after errors brought in a pair of runs for TCU, Texas A&M responded quickly. Michael Barash scorched a two-run double to left-center field that would bring in Nick Banks and Ryne Birk. Despite their best efforts though, these would prove to be the lone runs to pass for the Aggies Friday night.
TCU pitcher Jared Janczak shook off his early troubles and pitched well in the affair. Janczak went 7.2 innings and scattered six hits across, allowing two XBH, - a pair of doubles - struck out four batters and issued three walks. The Horned Frogs offense aided him well as TCU would go on to score three runs in both the third and fifth inning.
The fifth inning was highlighted by a wild pitch that scored Luken Baker and then Ryan Merrill knocked in two with a double to left. The big blow, however, was dealt by Baker in the third when he took A&M pitcher Brigham Hill deep with a three-run homer. The home run for Baker was his ninth on the year.
Texas A&M will try again and look to save their season on Saturday while TCU looks to head to Omaha.