Hosts won three of Friday's four super regional contests—two of them in very convincing fashion. Three Pacific-10 Conference teams were in action, and they went 1-2, all on the road. Here's a roundup:
Austin Super Regional
Arizona State over Texas, 3-1 (ASU leads series 1-0)
The Sun Devils took advantage of two errors by Texas (a .982 fielding team entering the game) to score a pair of unearned runs in the third inning against Taylor Jungmann (7.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), who lost for the second straight week. Arizona State run producer extraordinaire Joey DeMichele went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, giving him 11 RBIs in four postseason games. Brady Rodgers (6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Mitchell Lambson (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) were outstanding on the mound for ASU.
Chapel Hill Super Regional
North Carolina over Stanford, 5-2 (UNC leads series 1-0)
UNC ace Patrick Johnson (7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) extended his scoreless streak to 30 2/3 innings before the Cardinal finally broke through in the eighth inning. But Seth Baldwin's two-run homer in the seventh proved the game-winner, and the Tar Heels tacked on two more in the eighth. UNC has won 14 straight postseason home games by three or more runs.
Gainesville Super Regional
Florida over Mississippi State, 11-1 (Florida leads series 1-0)
The Gators jumped on Evan Mitchell (2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 ER) for four runs in the first inning and padded their lead to 10-0 by the fifth inning, helping Hudson Randall (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) cruise to his 10th win. SEC player of the year Mike Zunino had a two-run single in the first and hit his 17th homer of the season in the third. Nolan Fontana and Daniel Pigott also went deep for Florida.
Nashville Super Regional
Vanderbilt over Oregon State, 11-1 (Vandy leads series 1-0)
Like Florida, the Commodores are playing at an extremely high level. Like Florida, the 'Dores jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to an 11-1 romp of Oregon State. Connor Harrell's two-run single capped the first-inning rally, but the Commodores were far from done pounding OSU ace Sam Gaviglio (5.1 IP, 9 H, 10 ER, 6 BB, 3 K), as Mike Yastrzemski's three-run homer highlighted Vandy's four-run fourth, breaking the game wide open. Jason Esposito (2-for-4, 3 RBI) also went deep for the Commodores, who got a strong start from Sonny Gray (6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Of note: Oregon State lost its first game of the 2006 College World Series by that same 11-1 score—and went on to win the national title. Of course, the '06 Beavers were considerably more talented than this bunch, which has put together a remarkable season thanks to toughness and grit more than sheer ability. A comeback against a loaded and confident Vandy squad looks like a very tall order.
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