Bruins make their last out count
LOS ANGELES – Cal State Fullerton was one out from Omaha.
Now the Titans are a game away as UCLA came back to score two runs in the ninth and four more in the 10th for an 11-7 win to even up the Los Angeles Super Regional at one game.
The teams will play the deciding game Sunday night at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson.
In the top of the ninth, UCLA’s Tyler Rahmatulla hit a long two-out, two-run home run for a 7-6 lead the Bruins could not hold on to.
But taking advantage of their seventh and eighth walks and a dropped fly ball in the 10th, UCLA stayed alive in the postseason. The key hit was a two-RBI single by pinch-hitter Trevor Brown that put UCLA ahead 9-7.
UCLA’s Cody Regis hit two homers and Justin Uribe added one.
Tempe Super Regional
Arizona State 7, Arkansas 6, 12 innings
TEMPE, Ariz. – Deven Marrero’s one-out RBI single in the 12th inning lifted No. 1 national seed Arizona State over Arkansas.
Kole Calhoun led off with his fifth walk. Riccio Torrez was hit by a pitch. Marrero hit the first pitch he saw from Brett Eibner.
Mitchell Lambson (8-2) struck out seven in five innings of one-hit relief.
Trailing 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Arizona State tied it when Andrew Aplin scored on Zack MacPhee’s two-out dribbler.
Bo Bigham, who had four hits, and Matt Vinson both drove in two runs for Arkansas. Vinson homered to put the Razorbacks ahead 6-4. Calhoun answered in the bottom of the sixth with his fourth homer in four postseason games for Arizona State (51-8).
Gainesville Super Regional
Florida 4, Miami 3, 10 innings
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Austin Maddox’s two-out RBI double in the 10th inning lifted Florida to a victory Saturday night over error-prone Miami and gave the Gators their sixth trip to the College World Series.
Florida became the first team to land a spot in Omaha for college baseball’s premier event.
The Hurricanes (43-20) extended the Gators (47-15) a helping hand in getting there. The Canes tied a postseason record with seven errors, the last one leading to the winning run.
Right fielder Chris Pelaez misplayed Nolan Fontana’s fly ball down the line to start the 10th. Fontana reached second on the gaffe, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Maddox’s drive down the right-field line.
Third baseman Michael Broad had an equally costly error with two outs in the ninth that allowed Florida to tie the game.
Austin Super Regional
Texas 14, TCU 1
AUSTIN, Texas – Taylor Jungmann gave up only one run on six hits in 8 1-3 innings to help Texas even the Austin Super Regional series at one game apiece.
The Longhorns (50-12) scored four times in the third inning, including twice when Jantzen Witte’s throwing error allowed Brandon Loy and Tant Shepherd to score. Texas added to the lead with a seven-run fifth. Cohl Walla’s bases-loaded triple to left-center put Texas up 9-0. Shepherd extended the lead to 12-0 with a two-run homer.
Losing pitcher Steven Maxwell (11-2) was pulled after giving up five runs, none earned, on four hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Jungmann (8-3) finished with nine strikeouts.
Texas and TCU (50-12) will face off on Sunday for a berth in the College World Series.
Myrtle Beach Super Regional
South Carolina 4, Coastal Carolina 3
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Blake Cooper worked seven innings of six-hit ball and South Carolina twice escaped bases-loaded jams down the stretch.
Cooper (12-1) held the powerful Chanticleers (55-9) to their fewest runs since April 27 with a big assist from South Carolina’s defense and bullpen.
South Carolina (47-15) can earn its first trip to Omaha since 2004 by beating Coastal Carolina on Sunday in Game 2 of the series. The Chanticleers must win twice to reach the CWS.
Christian Walker’s two-run single keyed South Carolina’s three-run first inning. A bases-loaded walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second brought in Bobby Haney with what proved to be the winning run.
Tallahassee Super Regional
Vanderbilt 6, Florida St. 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Grayson Garvin pitched three scoreless innings for his first collegiate save and Vanderbilt moved within one win of reaching its first College World Series.
Vanderbilt ace Sonny Gray (10-5) got the win after going the first six innings before Garvin limited Florida State (46-18) to three singles while striking out three.
Brian Busch (5-2) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just one earned run in seven innings.
Curt Casali doubled twice and drove in two runs for Vanderbilt(46-19), which put the game away with three runs off Florida State relievers in the eighth.
Charlottesville Super Regional
Virginia 3, Oklahoma 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Danny Hultzen allowed six hits in eight innings and Dan Grovatt hit a go-ahead two-run home run as Virginia won the opening game of the three-game series.
The Cavaliers (51-12) overcame unusually sloppy defense thanks to Grovatt’s shot to right in the bottom of the sixth. Hultzen (11-1) then set down the next six Sooners hitters, and national saves leader Kevin Arico earned his 18th with a scoreless ninth.
The Sooners (47-16), winners in 11 of 12 coming in, scored in the fifth and sixth innings, each time with the help of poor defense. They struck out 11 times, including the final two outs with runners on first and second in the ninth.
Clemson Super Regional
Alabama 5, Clemson 4
CLEMSON, S.C. – Alabama jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before holding on to beat Clemson in the opening game of their super regional series.
Crimson Tide starter Jimmy Nelson (9-3) gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings and Jake Smith shut out the Tigers over the final two frames for his sixth save. Smith also homered in the second.
Casey Harman (7-3) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run while striking out nine without a walk.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday night.
Alabama scored four unearned runs with two outs in the third.
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