Irvine eliminates defending NCAA champ LSU
LOS ANGELES – LSU, the defending College World Series champion, was eliminated from the NCAA tournament Sunday with a 4-3 loss to UC Irvine in the Los Angeles Regional.
Drew Hillman went 3 for 3 with a home run and two runs scored as the Anteaters advanced to play in the regional championship against UCLA, which later won 6-2.
Starter Evan Brock (6-4) got the win, allowing three runs in his six innings, as UC Irvine rebounded from an 11-inning loss to LSU on Friday.
Ben Alsup (5-1) gave up three runs on five hits in 4 1-3 innings for LSU (41-22). Blake Dean hit his 12th homer for the Tigers, who beat Texas last year in Omaha for their sixth national title.
UCLA 6, UC Irvine 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cody Regis hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping UCLA advance to the super regionals with the Bruins’ school-record 46th win.
Rob Rasmussen (10-2) got the win for UCLA (46-13), which will face either Cal State Fullerton or Minnesota in the super regionals. The last Bruins team to win 45 games was the 1997 squad, which was the last – and only second ever – to advance to the College World Series.
Drew Hillman and Jordan Leyland homered for the Anteaters (39-21). Eric Pettis (9-5) took the loss.
St. John’s 6, Virginia 5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Jeremy Baltz hit a pair of two-run homers, the second a go-ahead shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, and St. John’s forced a decisive game.
The teams will play again Monday night, with the winner advancing to the super regionals.
The Red Storm (43-19) got all their scoring on three two-run homers, two by Baltz and one by Greg Hopkins.
Virginia (49-12) did all its scoring in the fourth inning, then managed almost nothing against lefty reliever Kevin Kilpatrick (2-1). He worked the last 5 1-3 innings and allowed just three hits.
St. John’s 20, Mississippi 16
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – St. John’s scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to beat Mississippi in a wild elimination game.
The Red Storm sent 14 men to the plate in the first, when every batter in the lineup reached at least once, and added a pair of five-run innings as they finished with 22 hits.
Bruce Kern (7-5) worked six innings for the victory, while David Goforth (1-6) took the loss.
Ole Miss (39-24) lost despite 18 hits and 16 runs, and scored 10 runs in the last three frames. Matt Snyder homered twice, including a grand slam with two out in the ninth, for the Rebels.
Florida St. 5, Oregon 3
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Sherman Johnson hit a two-run homer in Florida State’s four-run third inning as the Seminoles advanced to the super regionals with a victory over Oregon.
Tyler Holt also homered in the fourth inning for the ACC champion Seminoles (45-17), who will face the winner of Monday’s game between Louisville and Vanderbilt in the super regionals. It will be Florida State’s 10th appearance in the super regionals since the NCAA went to the current format in 1999.
Oregon (40-24), in its second season since having the program reinstated, scored all three runs in the third inning and left the tying run stranded in the eighth.
Oregon 4, Connecticut 3
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Andrew Mendenhall came on as a defensive replacement for Oregon in the ninth inning and made a leaping catch to rob Connecticut of a potential tying hit, and the Ducks eliminated the host Huskies.
Madison Boer struck out George Springer with a runner on second to end the game and earn his fifth save. Billy Ferriter and John Andreoli – the No. 8 and 9 hitters for UConn (48-16) – hit consecutive singles to open the ninth, but Mendenhall climbed the wall in left to rob Pierre LePage of at least a double.
Vanderbilt 7, Louisville 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Vanderbilt’s Richie Goodenow threw a two-hit shutout in his first start of the season, and second of his career, to force a deciding game.
Vanderbilt (44-18) will meet Louisville (50-13), the No. 7 national seed, on Monday night to determine who advances to the super regionals.
The Cardinals will have coach Dan McDonnell back after he served the final game of his three-game suspension Sunday for an altercation with umpires in the Big East tournament.
Goodenow (3-1) allowed a double in the third inning and a single in the eighth while walking two and striking out five.
Vanderbilt 10, Illinois St. 4
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Vanderbilt built a 5-0 lead, withstood a rally, then added five insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to eliminate Illinois State.
The two teams combined for more walks (17) than hits (16) in a sloppy game that also featured nine errors – seven by the Redbirds (32-24).
Brian Harris, Jason Esposito and Joe Loftus had two hits apiece for Vanderbilt. Aaron Westlake added a three-run homer in the ninth and finished with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Coral Gables Regional
Texas A&M 11, Miami 7
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Matt Juengel capped Texas A&M’s five-run sixth inning with a two-run homer and the Aggies emerged from the loser’s bracket and forced a deciding game against Miami.
John Stilson pitched 3 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, earning the save for Texas A&M (43-20-1) after tossing three shutout innings in the Aggies’ 4-3 victory over Dartmouth earlier Sunday. He threw a combined 123 pitches.
The Aggies and Hurricanes (42-18) meet again Monday night.
Texas A&M 4, Dartmouth 3
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Kevin Gonzalez led off the top of the ninth with a tiebreaking home run, and Texas A&M defeated Dartmouth in an elimination game.
Gonzalez drove Ryan Smith’s pitch over the wall in left-center field for his ninth home run of the season. John Stilson (9-1) struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth around Joe Sclafani’s two-out walk and Sam Bean’s single.
Ivy League champion Dartmouth ended the season 27-19.
Arizona St. 8, Hawaii 4
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Kole Calhoun hit his third home run in as many days and No. 1 national seed Arizona State beat Hawaii to advance to the super regionals.
The Sun Devils (50-8) won their fourth straight regional title and will play either Arkansas or Washington State next weekend.
Deven Marrero hit a two-run homer and Drew Maggi had a two-run double for Arizona State in support of Jake Borup (11-1), who worked six innings.
Sean Montplaisir hit a two-run homer and Pi’ikea Kitamura had two hits for the Rainbows (35-28).
Hawaii 12, San Diego 9
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – David Freitas and Greg Garcia drove in four runs apiece to lead Hawaii to a victory over San Diego that eliminated the Toreros.
Freitas went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer, while Garcia was 3 for 5 and doubled twice for Hawaii. Kolten Wong and Matt Roquemore had three singles apiece, and Kevin Macdonald hit a solo homer.
Mike Ferraro went 2 for 4, finishing the regional 8 for 14 with nine RBIs, for San Diego (37-22).
Florida 15, Florida Atlantic 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Tyler Thompson became the first Florida player to hit three home runs in a postseason game and Florida beat Florida Atlantic to clinch the Gainesville Regional.
Thompson also doubled and drove in six runs. Brian Johnson pitched seven shutout innings, homered and was named the regional’s most outstanding player.
The Gators (45-15) improved to 31-3 at home and advanced to next weekend’s super regionals, where they’ll host either Miami or Texas A&M.
The Gators had double-digit hits in every game and allowed a combined five runs in wins against Bethune-Cookman, Oregon State and Florida Atlantic (37-24).
Florida Atlantic 11, Oregon State 7
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Eddie Cassidy homered three times and drove in seven runs as Florida Atlantic eliminated Oregon State.
The Beavers (32-24) head home after being let down by starting pitching for the second straight day, possibly a byproduct of pregame weather delays. Florida roughed up Sam Gaviglio on Saturday, and the Owls battered Tyler Waldron (4-6) for six runs in the first inning Sunday.
Alabama 8, Georgia Tech 1
ATLANTA (AP) – Jake Smith hit a three-run homer in Alabama’s five-run first inning and Adam Morgan pitched a five-hitter to help Alabama beat Georgia Tech and force a deciding game in the Atlanta Regional.
Georgia Tech (47-14) is trying to avoid elimination on its home field in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The Yellow Jackets and Crimson Tide will play for the title on Monday night.
Morgan (7-4) walked one and struck out nine, and Alabama (40-23) hit four homers in the first two innings.
Alabama 5, Mercer 3
ATLANTA (AP) – Jake Smith homered and Cody Trotter hit a two-run single to help Alabama beat Mercer.
Tucker Hawley (2-1) relieved starter Jason Townsend with one out in the third and pitched the next 4 2-3 innings, allowing four hits, one run and no walks with four strikeouts.
Mercer (38-24) was making its first NCAA tournament appearance. Justice French (3-4) gave up six hits and no walks and one strikeout in 3 1-3 innings.
South Carolina 10, Virginia Tech 2
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina used a six-run sixth inning to notch its third come-from-behind victory in three games and win the Columbia Regional.
Jose Mata pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the Gamecocks (46-15), who will play either Coastal Carolina or the College of Charleston in the super regionals next weekend.
South Carolina trailed 2-0 after Steve Domecus’ two-run homer in the first inning for Virginia Tech (40-22). But South Carolina tied it in the fifth before taking the lead in the sixth.
Virginia Tech 4, The Citadel 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Austin Wates and Buddy Sosnoskie each had two RBIs to back a solid all-around pitching performance by Virginia Tech, and the Hokies eliminated The Citadel.
Wates had an RBI triple in the first inning and a run-scoring groundout in the third for Virginia Tech. Sosnoskie homered in his third straight at-bat in the regional when he connected on his 13th of the year in the second. He also homered in his final two at-bats in Saturday’s 16-7 win over Bucknell.
The Citadel (43-20) had a runner on third with two outs in the seventh inning but Bryan Altman grounded out to second to end the threat.
Myrtle Beach Regional
Coastal Carolina 8, College of Charleston 7
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Rico Noel’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth saved Coastal Carolina’s season and ended a six-game losing streak to the College of Charleston.
The Chanticleers (54-8), the regional’s top seed, trailed 7-6 after the Cougars’ Joey Bergman hit a two-run shot in the eighth. But after Scott Woodward walked and stole second, Noel launched a high fly into the left-field bleachers off closer Owen Brittle (1-2).
Coastal Carolina and the Cougars (44-18) play Monday for the regional championship.
Coastal Carolina 25, Stony Brook 7
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Coastal Carolina finally looked like one of the country’s best teams, knocking around Stony Brook to remain alive in the Myrtle Beach Regional.
The Chanticleers lead Division I in victories and are seeded fourth overall at the NCAA tournament. But it took until their third regional game to show it as Coastal got 25 hits, including their first three homers in NCAA play.
Stony Brook, the America East Conference champs, ended its season 30-27 after being done in by Coastal Carolina’s 10-run fourth inning.
Auburn 11, Clemson 10
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Creede Simpson hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to give Auburn the victory over Clemson.
The host Tigers (43-20) forced a rematch on Monday night for a super regional berth with the victory over Clemson (40-22) fueled by an unlikely source and barely preserved by closer Austin Hubbard.
Simpson, who replaced a gimpy Trent Mummey (hamstring) in centerfield in the seventh, belted a 1-2 pitch from Tomas Cruz to left-center field in his only at-bat for his fifth homer.
Auburn 17, Southern Miss 8
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Hunter Morris hit a grand slam, Trent Mummey homered and drove in five runs and Auburn beat Southern Miss to stay alive in the Tigers’ home regional.
The Golden Eagles (35-24), who made it to the College World Series last season, went 1-2 and allowed 33 runs after winning the Conference USA tournament.
Southern Miss alum and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had told the Golden Eagles team that he’d return for another season in the NFL if they made the return trip to Omaha.
Washington St. 10, Arkansas 7
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – James Wise pitched three effective innings in his second start of the day, and Washington State backed its tired pitching staff with enough offense to force a decisive game in the Fayetteville Regional.
Wise also started the Cougars’ 9-6 win over Kansas State earlier in the day, but was knocked out after only 76 pitches and 2 2-3 innings. Washington State (37-21) sent him to the mound again in another must-win game. He allowed only two hits and left with a 2-1 lead. Although he didn’t pitch five innings, Wise (4-1) was given the win at the official scorer’s discretion.
The Razorbacks (42-19) and Cougars will play again for the regional title Monday night.
Washington St. 9, Kansas St. 6
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Derek Jones hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run sixth inning for Washington State, and the Cougars rallied to beat Kansas State (37-22) in an elimination game.
Washington State trailed 6-1 before starting its comeback with two runs in the fifth. Garry Kuykendall eventually tied it at 6 with a two-run double in the sixth.
Richie Ochoa (2-2) pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the Cougars.
Oklahoma 3, North Carolina 2
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Bobby Shore scattered four hits over seven-plus innings and Oklahoma overcame leaving 11 runners in scoring position, beating North Carolina and advancing to the super regionals.
The Sooners (39-21) finished with 15 players left on base, but Shore (9-4) went a season-long 7 1-3 innings and struck out six. Oklahoma stranded a runner in scoring position for eight straight innings and left a runner on base every inning.
Still, the Sooners were able to edge the Tar Heels (46-16), who were looking for their fifth straight trip to the College World Series.
North Carolina 12, Oral Roberts 4
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Seth Baldwin and Levi Michael both homered in the fifth inning and North Carolina eliminated Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts (36-27) had tied it at 2, but Michael hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth and Baldwin later followed with a three-run blast to left for the Tar Heels. Chris Munnelly (3-2) got the win in relief.
Dan Martony (1-2) took the loss for Oral Roberts (36-27).
Texas 4, Rice 1
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Russell Moldenhauer homered and drove in three runs as Texas beat Rice to win the Austin Regional and advance to the super regionals.
The Longhorns (49-11), who lost to LSU in the College World Series championship game last year, will face TCU next weekend.
Taylor Jungmann (7-3) dominated the Owls (40-23) by allowing just two hits and striking out seven while throwing only 84 pitches in 7 2-3 innings.
Rice 9, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Mike Ojala threw a five-hitter for his first career complete game and Rice eliminated Louisiana-Lafayette.
Ojala (6-2), who retired 12 straight batters during one stretch, struck out nine and gave up only one walk.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (38-22) had only three runners reach second base in the game, with Chad Keefer scoring their only run.
Fort Worth Regional
TCU 9, Baylor 0
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Steven Maxwell (11-1) struck out 10 in eight shutout innings to lead TCU into the super regionals with a victory over Baylor (36-24).
The Horned Frogs (49-11) have won nine consecutive games, set a school record for wins in a season and gave coach Jim Schlossnagle his 300th victory with the Frogs. They’ll play at Texas in the super regionals.
Baylor 4, Arizona 2
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Landis Ware had a go-ahead sacrifice fly and Logan Vick hit an RBI single in the eighth inning and Baylor eliminated Arizona.
The Bears tied it in the seventh against Arizona (34-24) when Raynor Campbell struck out on a wild pitch but was able to reach first base, allowing Vick to score from third.
Willie Kempf (9-2) allowed seven hits in eight innings, and Brooks Pinckard pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Cal State Fullerton 11, New Mexico 3
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) – Corey Jones homered and drove in three runs as Cal State Fullerton eliminated New Mexico.
Jones, Christian Colon and Carlos Lopez each had three hits for the Titans (43-16), who have won 25 of 28 games. Pitchers Daniel Renken and Raymond Hernandez combined for nine strikeouts.
Jacob Nelson had a solo home run for the Lobos (38-22), who made their first NCAA regional appearance since 1962 and their second ever.
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