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Holt, Texas Tech beat Duke in Game 1; Gamecocks also fall

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Gabe Holt went 3 for 5 and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help Texas Tech beat Duke 6-4 on Saturday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Lubbock NCAA super regional.

Holt’s single to right field scored Cody Farhat and, four pitches later, Brian Klein’s RBI double gave Texas Tech (43-17) a 6-4 lead going into the ninth.

Duke (44-17) took a 3-0 lead when Zack Kone hit a two-RBI double in the top of the fifth. Holt singled and Klein walked before Grant Little hit a two-out, two-RBI double in the bottom of the inning and Holt’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice scored Cameron Warren to make it 3-all in the sixth.

Kone hit a two-out RBI single to make it 4-3 in the top of the seventh, but Rheams tied with a solo homer in the bottom half.

Kone finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs for Duke.

Game 2 is set for Sunday.

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SHADDY DRIVES IN 4, ARKANSAS BEATS SOUTH CAROLINA IN OPENER

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Carson Shaddy drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the seventh inning, and Arkansas beat South Carolina 9-3 in the opening game of a best-of-three NCAA super regional on Saturday night.

Shaddy’s double hit off the top of the fence in left center field and cleared the bases for the Razorbacks (43-18), making it 7-3. The Gamecocks (36-25) intentionally walked Dominic Fletcher to face Shaddy, who finished 1 for 2 with a walk.

Shaddy scored on Jared Gates sacrifice fly to make it 8-3 before the end of the seventh and Luke Bonfield’s single scored Heston Kjerstad to cap the Razorbacks’ scoring in the bottom of the eighth.

LT Tolbert and Madison Stokes each had home runs for the Gamecocks with Stokes making it 3-all in the sixth. Jax Biggers drove in Shaddy in the bottom of the inning for Arkansas’ go-ahead run.

Blaine Knight (12-0) gave up three runs in six innings for Arkansas, which improved to 34-3 at home this season.

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CHAMBERS, GARZA POWER TENNESSEE TECH PAST TEXAS 5-4

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chase Chambers and David Garza each had an RBI double to power a three-run fifth inning and Tennessee Tech held on to beat Texas 5-4 in the opening game of a best-of-three series in the NCAA baseball tournament on Saturday.

Chambers’ double in the top of the fifth drove in two runs to make it 4-3 and then Garza brought in Chambers with another double.

Ethan Roberts came on and helped Tennessee Tech (53-10) out of some trouble in the bottom of the sixth with three straight strikeouts after starter Marcus Evey (8-0) walked the first two batters of the inning.  Roberts held on for another three innings. .to notch his fifteenth save, giving up one run on David Hamilton’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Texas (40-21) opened the scoring with Zach Zubia’s sacrifice fly in the first inning and took a 3-2 lead in the third on Kody Clemens’ 22nd homer of the season.

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