- Last Updated: 6:23 PM, June 5, 2011
- Posted: 6:20 PM, June 5, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Konner Wade threw seven shutout innings Sunday to lead Arizona to a 6-0 victory, eliminating Seton Hall in the College Station regional of the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats were scheduled to face Texas A&M later Sunday. Arizona must defeat A&M, 2-0 so far in the regional, to force a deciding game on Monday night.
“Wade had great command of his fastball, I was really pleased with that,” Wildcats coach Andy Lopez said. “He’s had a tough time in his last three or four outings. He’s a freshman so I was really happy to see him grow up on the spot for us.”
Cole Frenzel led the Wildcats (38-20) with three RBIs, while Bryce Ortega paced Arizona with three hits. Joey Rickard, Bobby Rinard and Seth Mejias-Brean each added two hits in the Wildcats’ 12-hit attack. Frenzel singled down the right-field line to score two runs in the Wildcats’ three-run fifth inning off of Pirates starter Brian Gilbert (2-4).
The right-hander Wade (3-0) allowed three hits while walking three and striking out two. His seven innings tied his career high for an outing.
“He mixed it up pretty well,” said Seton Hall senior Sean Gusrang, who played his final college game. “He had a two-seam fastball that he was throwing pretty well to the righties, and he was coming with the changeup to the lefties. He worked both sides of the plate and was throwing pitches for strikes.”
Arizona left-hander Bryce Bandilla closed out the game with two shutout innings. The shutout marked the fourth in the regional’s five games so far. A heavy downpour occurred at Olsen Field only minutes following the game’s conclusion.
“We’re going to go back to the hotel, get off our feet and try and dodge the lightning,” Lopez said of the inclement weather in the area that had no effect on the day’s first game. “We’re going to come back out and try and play hard.”
Lopez said he intends to start sophomore right-hander Tyler Hale against the Aggies. Seton Hall, which defeated Arizona 4-0 in the regional opener before dropping its last two to A&M and Arizona, wraps up its season at 34-25. The Pirates, who had a nine-game winning streak late in the season, won the Big East tournament to advance to their first NCAA tournament in a decade.
“I’m tremendously proud of these guys, our seniors really set the table for a young team,” Pirates coach Rob Sheppard said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished.”
Seton Hall, which was shut out for the first time this season, loses only four seniors, including ace Joe DiRocco.
“We made a great run,” Pirates senior shortstop A.J. Rusbarsky said. “And we got hot at the right time. I’m glad to say we had a great season.”Follow @NYPostsports