South Carolina, Kent State and Arkansas completed the College World Series field by winning their super regionals Monday. The exciting final day of the super regional round featured a pair of walk-off wins in the night games. Here's a quick recap:
Columbia Super Regional
The Gamecocks completed a dominating two-game sweep of Oklahoma with a 5-1 win Monday, in the makeup of a game that was pushed back from Sunday by rain. Colby Holmes (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Gamecocks, and three relievers joined him in a combined three-hitter, capped by a vintage performance from closer Matt Price (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K). Jonathan Gray (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K) held the Gamecocks scoreless through six, but an error and a wild pitch helped South Carolina score two runs in the seventh against Steven Okert. The Gamecocks extended the lead with three more in the eighth, highlighted by Chase Vergason's two-run double.
South Carolina heads to Omaha riding an unfathomable 21-game winning streak in NCAA tournament action, including 11 straight in Omaha. The two-time defending national champions have won 24 consecutive postseason games at home.
Eugene Super Regional
Kent State clinched its first College World Series trip in program history with a thrilling 3-2 win against Oregon. The Golden Flashes carried a 2-0 lead into the last third of the game for the second straight day, and Oregon came from behind for the second straight day, this time tying the game with two runs in the eighth. But Derek Toadvine worked a leadoff walk in the Kent State ninth, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Jimmy Rider's flare into no-man's land in left field—a ball that Oregon left fielder Brett Thomas said he lost in the sun for a moment. The Golden Flashes won the coin flip to be the home team in the decisive third game, so Rider's walk-off RBI double set off a dogpile behind home plate. Tyler Skulina (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Flashes, who showed poise in the late innings despite playing in front of a very loud, Oregon-record crowd of 4,825.
Waco Super Regional
Arkansas returns to Omaha for the first time since 2009 after winning a classic 1-0 pitcher's duel in 10 innings against Baylor. Randall Fant (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and four relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for the Hogs, but Tyler Bremer (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) was masterful in a no-decision for Baylor. The Hogs took advantage of Bremer's departure in the 10th, however, as Brian Anderson led off the frame with a single against Dillon Newman and eventually scored on Jake Wise's RBI single through the left side.
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