The Arizona Wildcats trailed early to St. John's on Friday afternoon, but one of the nation's best offenses chipped away in the middle innings and rallied late in the 10th to claim a huge 7-6 victory in the first game of the NCAA Super Regionals. UA is now just one more win away from advancing to Omaha for the College World Series, which consists of the four best teams in the nation.
Kurt Heyer worked nine innings for the Wildcats and threw 127 pitches. He allowed 15 hits and six runs, although he did not walk anyone. Heyer exited in the tenth inning after St. John's took a 6-5 lead.
Arizona came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th and Robert Refsnyder led off with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt was laid down to move him into scoring position, Bobby Brown hit a seeing-eye up the middle to tie the game at 6-6. After another single up the middle and walk to catcher Riley Moore, Trent Gilbert came to the plate with a chance to win it.
Gilbert swung and missed at the first two pitches and then took a fastball low in the zone. He then lined a 1-2 fastball at the letters into right-center field, giving the Wildcats a 7-6 walk-off victory.
Arizona will face St. John's on Saturday afternoon at noon with a chance to advance yet again in the tournament.
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