After an exciting Monday that saw five teams complete triumphant runs through losers' brackets, champions have been crowned in all 16 regionals. We'll recap Monday's action shortly, but first let's cut to the chase. Here are the matchups and schedules for next weekend's super regionals:
Friday Through Sunday
The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary). All times are Eastern. National seeds indicated.
Stony Brook (50-12) at No. 7 Louisiana State (46-16)
Noon (ESPN2HD), Noon (ESPN2HD), 1 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
St. John’s (40-21) at Arizona (41-17)
3 p.m. (ESPN2HD), 3 p.m. (ESPN2HD), 4 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Stanford (41-16) at No. 3 Florida State (46-15)
7 p.m. (ESPN2HD), 6 p.m. (ESPN2HD), 7 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Texas Christian (40-20) at No. 2 UCLA (45-14)
9 p.m. (ESPNHD), 9 p.m. (ESPN2HD), 10 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Saturday Through Monday
The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary). All times are Eastern.
North Carolina State (43-18) at No. 1 Florida (45-18)
2 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 1 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 1 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Arkansas (42-19) at No. 4 Baylor (48-15)
5 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 4 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 4 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Oklahoma (42-23) at No. 8 South Carolina (43-17)
8 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 7 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 7 p.m. (ESPN2HD)
Kent State (44-17) at No. 5 Oregon (45-17)
11 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 10 p.m. (ESPNUHD), 7 p.m. (ESPNUHD)
Here's a breakdown of the super regional field:
• Seven of the eight national seeds advanced; North Carolina was the only one of the top eight to be eliminated. That's slightly more than usual (74 percent of national seeds have won regionals since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999, or about six per year).
• Three other top seeds (and hosts) advanced (Stanford, Arizona, North Carolina State). This is the second year in a row that 10 No. 1 seeds have won regionals; in each of the previous three years, 13 top seeds won regionals.
• Three No. 2 seeds advanced (Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma).
• Two No. 3 seeds advanced (St. John's and Kent State).
• One No. 4 seed advanced (Stony Brook). The Seawolves are just the third No. 4 seed to win a regional since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999 (joining Missouri in 2006 and eventual national champion Fresno State in 2008).
• Four of the five Pac-12 teams in the field won regionals. The SEC also had four teams advance (out of eight), while the ACC went 2-for-7 and the Big 12 went 2-for-4. The other four regional champions came from the Big East, Mountain West, Mid-American and America East conferences.
• It is truly a banner year for Northern baseball. A quarter of the super regional field (St. John's, Stony Brook, Kent State and Oregon) is composed of cold-weather teams. All four are based north of 40 degrees latitude.
Onto the Monday roundup:
Oklahoma needed to beat Appalachian State twice Monday to win the regional, and the Sooners did just that. Cody Reine (2-for-5, HR, 3B, 6 RBI), the hero of the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional, continued to feel right at home at Davenport Field in the first game, and Matt Oberste (4-for-4, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B) helped him lead the Sooners to a 14-6 win. Jack Mayfield's two-run double highlighed OU's three-run first inning in the second game, and the Sooners never looked back, winning 5-2. Junior Drew Harrison (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER), who entered the game with nine innings on the season, earned the win—his first career decision. Oklahoma's 2010 postseason reunion tour continues next with a date with South Carolina—the team that knocked it out of the CWS that year.
College Station Regional
Like the Sooners, TCU avenged its opening-round loss in the No. 2/No. 3 game by winning its second straight game against Ole Miss, 7-4. Mississippi ace Bobby Wahl (4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K), who threw 63 pitches on two days' rest, carried a 1-0 lead into the fourth, when solo homers by Josh Elander and Jantzen Witte gave the Frogs a 2-0 lead. The Rebels retook the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth to chase TCU ace Preston Morrison (4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER), who threw 60 pitches on two days' rest. But the Frogs answered with two in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. Submariner Justin Scharf (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up the win in relief and earned regional MVP honors. The Frogs are headed to super regionals for the third time in four years.
Coral Gables Regional
Fourth-seeded Stony Brook completed its remarkable run through Coral Gables with a 10-6 win against UCF. The Seawolves averaged exactly 10 runs per game during a 4-1 run through the regional, playing games against a Missouri State pitching staff that led the nation with a 2.50 ERA, a Miami staff that ranked 17th (3.06) and UCF staff that ranked 41st (3.29). Stony Brook overcame a 7-2 deficit to beat the Bears on Sunday, then beat the Knights twice in a row to win the regional.
In Monday's decisive game, Stony Brook trailed 3-0 after three innings before surging ahead with five runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run double by William Carmona (4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI). Carmona finished the regional 11-for-21 with 10 RBIs to earn regional MVP honors. Ace Tyler Johnson (6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) threw 119 pitches on two days' rest to earn the win, improving to 11-1 on the season.
Stony Brook, which entered the Baseball America Top 25 rankings last week for the first time in school history, became the first team to reach the 50-win mark this year (50-12). The Seawolves have won 26 of their last 28 games. They are the first America East Conference team to win a regional since 1991. They'll head to Baton Rouge to face LSU in super regionals.
In a regional filled with drastic momentum swings and unbelievable comebacks, Monday's winner-take-all battle between North Carolina State and Vanderbilt might have been the most jaw-dropping game of all. Vanderbilt carried a 7-3 lead into the eighth inning, but the Wolfpack stormed back with six runs in the final two innings to win 9-7—repaying the Commodores for Saturday's game, when Vandy overcame an 8-3 hole in the final two innings. Tyler Beede (5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) had been mowing down the Wolfpack in relief until the eighth, when the first two men reached back to chase Beede, and Tarran Senay electrified Doak Field with a three-run homer, cutting Vandy's lead to 7-6. Senay provided more heroics in the ninth, delivering a go-ahead two-run single to right field, highlighted N.C. State's thee-run rally. Ryan Wilkins (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K) was another hero for the 'Pack, earning the win with stellar relief work. Jim Shonerd has more details here.
N.C. State heads to super regionals for the third time (its other trips came in 2003 and 2008). The 'Pack faces the imposing task of heading to Gainesville and taking on red-hot Florida, the No. 1 national seed.
Baylor completed its comeback from its tournament-opening loss to Oral Roberts by winning its second straight game against Dallas Baptist, 8-2. The Bears scored 33 runs during their four straight wins and were in complete control of both wins against the Patriots. All nine Baylor starters recorded hits as part of a balanced 12-hit attack Monday, with Dan Evatt (3-for-4, 3 R) and Jake Miller (1-for-3, R, 3 RBI) leading the charge. Dillon Newman (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K) picked up the win with sterling relief of ace Josh Turley (4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER).
Baylor heads to super regionals for the first time since its 2005 CWS run. The Bears will host Arkansas.
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