TCU, Cal State Fullerton post surprising super regional wins
AUSTIN, Texas – Matt Purke gave up three hits and struck out 11 to lead TCU to a 3-1 victory over Texas on Friday in the first game of their best-of-three series in the Austin Super Regional.
TCU (50-11) scored first when Aaron Schultz’s sacrifice fly to right scored Matt Curry from third in the second inning. The Horned Frogs got two more runs in the sixth on a wild pitch from losing pitcher Cole Green (11-2) and another sacrifice fly to right, from Joe Weik.
Texas (49-12) scored when Kevin Keyes hit a 2-2 breaking ball over the left field fence. The Longhorns had men on first and second in the eighth inning, but couldn’t bring them home.
Purke (14-0) issued only one walk in 7 2-3 innings.
The Horned Frogs can advance to the College World Series with a win Saturday.
Los Angeles Super Regional
Cal State Fullerton 4, UCLA 3
LOS ANGELES – Chris Colon had two hits, including his 17th homer, and Cal State Fullerton continued its mastery of UCLA.
A win by the Titans (46-16) on Saturday would send them to the College World Series for the eighth time in the 12 years of Super Regional play since 1999 and give them an all-time record of 60-24-1 against UCLA (45-14), including a 7-2 mark in NCAA tournament play.
Noe Ramirez (12-1) struck out 13 in seven innings to outshine UCLA’s Gerrit Cole (10-3), who gave up four runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to lose for the first time since April 30.
Colon, the leadoff hitter and a first-round pick in the June draft by Kansas City, hit what proved to be the game-winner with his fifth-inning homer that made it 4-1.
Tallahassee Super Regional
Florida State 9, Vanderbilt 8
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mike McGee’s walkoff home run lifted the Seminoles within one victory of advancing to the College World Series for the second time in three years.
The Commodores (45-19) lost the first game of their best-of-three Super Regional despite getting 16 hits and four home runs that brought them back from a 6-0 deficit after two innings.
McGee’s 15th homer of the season was a towering shot over the fence in right-center in the ninth.
Daniel Bennett (5-1) got the win and Chase Reid (4-2) took the loss.
Vanderbilt needs two straight wins to earn its first CWS trip.
Gainesville Super Regional
Florida 7, Miami 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alex Panteliodis pitched his first complete game and Florida took advantage of two errors to beat Miami 7-2 in the opener of their best-of-three series.
Austin Maddox and Mike Zunino drove in two runs each for the Gators (46-15), who improved to 32-3 at home and moved a victory away from their sixth trip to the College World Series.
The in-state rivals play again Saturday in the NCAA Super Regional.
The Gators jumped on Miami early, played flawless defense and got a career night from Panteliodis. The sophomore left-hander retired the final 14 batters and struck out a career-high 12. He allowed three hits, including a two-run home run to Yasmani Grandal.