Nebraska lost 5-1 to San Francisco on Saturday to become just the second national seed to be eliminated from NCAA regionals with an 0-2 record since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999.
The Cornhuskers, the No. 6 national seed and a regional host, scored two runs in their two tournament games to meet the same fate that befell Georgia Tech in 2003. All the other No. 1 regional seeds remained alive going into Sunday’s action, though several of them have losses and will have to win three more games to take their regionals. Among the teams on the brink is defending national champion Texas, which lost 12-8 to Stanford yesterday.
Most action today begins with elimination games between one-loss teams, and the winners of those games move on to face the undefeated team in each regional. If the undefeated team wins, it takes the regional. If it loses, the two teams meet again on Monday to determine the regional winner. The Houston regional is the only one off that schedule, as it is behind the other regions by a game and is assured of action on Monday.
Clemson 3, UNC Asheville 0
Mississippi State 5, UNC Asheville 4
Clemson 13, Elon 3
Driver’s Seat: Clemson
Driving Home: UNC Asheville
• No. 1 national seed Clemson cruised to two victories on Saturday and waits for the survivor of Mississippi State and Elon on Sunday afternoon in the Clemson, S.C., regional. The Tigers had to play twice because their first game against UNC Asheville was suspended by rain in the first inning on Friday. In that game, little-used Sean Clark pitched his second strong game in a week to lead Clemson to a 3-0 win. In Clemson’s second game, Taylor Harbin hit two home runs and Andy D’Alession added another for a 13-3 win over Elon. D’Alessio’s 22 homers are the most of any player remaining in the NCAA tournament and two behind national leader Kellen Kulbacki of James Madison.
In Saturday’s elimination game, Brian LaNinfa drove in all five Mississippi State runs, including a mammoth three-run home run, and the Bulldogs held on for a 5-3 win over UNC Asheville.
Arkansas 6, Princeton 2
Oral Roberts 5, Oklahoma State 4
Driver’s Seat: Oral Roberts
Driving Home: Princeton
• In the Fayetteville, Ark., regional, Princeton lost a no-hitter and the game in the eighth inning, when James Ewing hit a three-RBI double to
lead Arkansas to a 6-2 win in an elimination
game. Ewing’s double ended a no-hit performance by Princeton’s Christian
Staehely and ignited a five-run inning to keep Arkansas alive on its home field
The matchup of Friday’s winners went to Oral Roberts when Chad Rothford drove in two runs with a double in the eighth inning to put Oral Roberts ahead for good, 5-4. Rothford went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run home run in the fifth inning to plate all five Golden Eagles runs. Oklahoma State will now face Arkansas on Sunday to decide who will meet Oral Roberts for the regional crown.
Kentucky 10, Notre Dame 4
College of Charleston 11, Ball State 0
Driver’s Seat: College of Charleston
Driving Home: Notre Dame
• Kentucky bounced back from its Friday loss at the Lexington, Ky., regional, as Greg Dombrowski threw his fourth complete game of the season and the Wildcats scored 10 runs to win their first regional game since 1998, a 10-4 win over Notre Dame. Kentucky has now scored 484 runs this season, breaking an 18-year old school record, and moves on for a rematch against Ball State, which was shut out by College of Charleston.
After pulling out a taut 16-inning win against Notre Dame on Friday, Charleston left no doubt about the outcome of Saturday’s game with an 11-0 win over Ball State. Nick
Chigges struck out 13 in a shutout performance, and Joey Friddle homered and drove in five runs for the Cougars. They await the winner of the Kentucky-Ball State game on Sunday.
Georgia Tech 7, Stetson 5
Michigan 11, Stetson 1
Georgia Tech 7, Vanderbilt 3
Driver’s Seat: Georgia Tech
Driving Home: Stetson
• Georgia Tech and Lee Hyde beat Vanderbilt and David Price 7-3 in a battle of lefthanders, putting the Yellow Jackets in command of the Atlanta regional. Hyde threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits to earn the win. Matt Wieters went 3-for-3 for Tech. Earlier in the day, Tech had defeated Stetson 7-5 in a game that had been rained out on Friday. Weiters picked up his seventh save of the season in that game and went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Stetson then dropped an 11-1 decision to Michigan as Paul Hammond threw his sixth complete game of the season, allowing one run and striking out six, while Eric Rose went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. The Wolverines moved on to face Vanderbilt for the right to take on Georgia Tech for the regional title.
San Diego 19, Saint Louis 12
Cal State Fullerton 9, Fresno State 2
Driver’s Seat: Cal State Fullerton
Driving Home: Saint Louis
• Righthander Wes Roemer struck out 12 batters and allowed two earned runs in eight innings, and shortstop Blake Davis hit two of Cal State Fullerton’s four homers in a 9-2 win against Fresno State in the Fullerton, Calif., regional. In the early game, Jordan Abruzzo homered three times and drove in eight runs as San Diego built a 10-run lead, allowed Saint Louis to tie the score and then finally won 19-12. The two teams combined for 32 hits in a game that lasted more than four hours.
San Diego moves on to face Fresno State on Sunday in an elimination game, with Fullerton awaiting the winner.
Missouri 5, UC Irvine 4 (14 innings)
Pepperdine 6, UCLA 0
Driver’s Seat: Pepperdine
Driving Home: UC Irvine
• Lefthander Paul Coleman threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, and Chad Tracy and Chase D’Arnaud drove in two runs each as Pepperdine beat UCLA 6-0 to take control of the Malibu, Calif., regional. In the first game, pinch-hitter Ryan Lollis followed J.C. Field’s double with an RBI single in the top of the 14th inning to give Missouri a 5-4 win that eliminated UC Irvine. Missouri scored two runs in the ninth inning to force the game into extra innings.
Pepperdine now awaits the UCLA-Missouri winner to decide the regional title.
Chapel Hill Regional
UNC Wilmington 21, Maine 19
North Carolina 14, Winthrop 4
Driver’s Seat: North Carolina
Driving Home: Maine
• North Carolina saved ace lefthander for its second game of the Chapel Hill, N.C., regional, and while he wasn’t at his best he was good enough as the Tar Heels beat Winthrop 14-4 to move within one victory of the regional title. Jay Cox homered twice and drove in four runs, and Miller struck out six over eight-plus innings to become the first North Carolina pitcher with 300 career strikeouts.
Winthrop will now have a rematch against UNC Wilmington, which overcame a 10-5 deficit to win a 21-19 slugfest against Maine in Saturday’s first game. The teams combined for 39 hits in the game.
Southern Mississippi 6, Jacksonville State 2
Alabama 4, Troy 3
Driver’s Seat: Alabama
Driving Home: Jacksonville State
• Catcher Kody Valverde delivered an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Alabama past Troy 4-3 in an intrastate battle at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., regional. Troy will now have to face Southern Mississippi on Sunday to stay alive. Southern Miss used solo home runs from Drew Carson, Brian Dozier and Jody Blount and strong pitching from Cliff Rossum to eliminate Jacksonville State 6-2 in the first game Saturday.
The Troy-Southern Miss winner will have to beat Alabama twice to win the regional.
Baylor 3, Arizona State 2
Arizona State 13, Prairie View A&M 4
Driver’s Seat: Baylor plays Rice today for that honor
Driving Home: Prairie View A&M
• Righthander Ryan LaMotta struck out eight batters and kept an Arizona State rally at bay in the ninth inning to help Baylor to a 3-2 win in the Houston regional. Catcher Zach Dillon had two hits and two RBIs for the Bears, who also got two hits from shortstop Beamer Weems. Arizona State bounced back from that loss to eliminate Prairie View A&M with a 13-4 win. Catcher Preston Paramore and outfielder Colin Curtis drove in three runs each for the Sun Devils, who will play the loser of the Rice-Baylor winner’s bracket game in the second game on Sunday.
Oklahoma 8, Houston 6
Wichita State 18, Texas Christian 8
Driver’s Seat: Wichita State
Driving Home: Houston
• Ryan Rohlinger hit a three-run home run and had a career-high five
RBIs to lead Oklahoma to an 8-6 win over Houston in an elimination game at the Norman, Okla., regional. Steven Guerra picked up his 11th win with 7 1/3 innings of solid work for the Sooners, giving up
three runs on four hits. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
In the nightcap, catcher Brandon Hall went 4-for-4 with two home runs as Wichita State pounded Texas Christian 18-8. First baseman Derek Schermerhorn rang up five hits and five RBIs for the Shockers, who stayed undefeated. TCU will take on Oklahoma in the first game on Sunday, and the winner will have to beat Wichita State twice to win the regional.
South Carolina 4, Evansville 2
Evansville 10, Lehigh 6
South Carolina 8, Virginia 2
Driver’s Seat: South Carolina
Driving Home: Lehigh
• South Carolina DH Phil Disher hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run fifth inning, and Harris Honeycutt held Virginia to one unearned run over six innings as the Gamecocks earned an 8-2 victory to become the final undefeated team in the Charlottesville, Va., regional. South Carolina beat Evansville 4-2 earlier in the day in a game that had been rained out on Friday. In that game, freshman Mike Cisco pitched the first complete game of his career, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Evansville bounced back to beat Lehigh in an elimination game, scoring a stunning comeback in a 10-6 win. Evansville scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth to erase a
three-run deficit, capped by Robbie Minor’™s walk-off grand slam. Evansville now plays Virginia in the first game on Sunday, with South Carolina waiting for the winner.
Georgia 11, Sacred Heart 0
Jacksonville 4, Sacred Heart 3
Florida State 6, Georgia 4
Driver’s Seat: Florida State
Driving Home: Sacred Heart
• Florida State hit three home runs, including a three-run blast by Travis Anderson, to beat Georgia 6-4 and take command of the Athens, Ga., regional. Shane Robinson and Danny Diaz also homered for the Seminoles, and Joey Side hit a three-run homer for Georgia. The Bulldogs beat Sacred Heart 11-0 in the first game of the day, a game that had been rained out on Friday. Georgia senior Mickey Westphal pitched his third complete game of the season against the Pioneers, who were making their first regional appearance.
Sacred Heart then lost to Jacksonville in an elmination game, with Justin Young hitting a home run for the Dolphins and D.J. Ackley and Matt Davis combining to scatter nine hits for the win. Jacksonville takes on Georgia in an elimination game on Sunday.
San Francisco 5, Nebraska 1
Miami 8, Manhattan 2
Driver’s Seat: Miami
Driving Home: Nebraska
• Nebraska made a quick exit from the regional it was host of in Lincoln, Neb., as second baseman Joey Railey tallied
two hits, two runs and an RBI to lead a San Francisco offense that
scored four unearned runs off two Nebraska errors, while Aaron Poreda
limited the Huskers to one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings for a 5-1 win. Nebraska scored just one run in each of its games.
Nebraska eliminated, Miami took control of the regional with an
8-2 win against Manhattan. Lefthander Manny Miguelez allowed two
runs–one earned–in six innings, and shortstop Roger Tomas delivered
three hits and two RBIs for the Hurricanes. Miami now waits for the winner of the Manhattan-San Francisco game on Sunday.
Tulane 12, Bethune-Cookman 7
Mississippi 9, South Alabama 7
Driver’s Seat: Mississippi
Driving Home: Bethune-Cookman
• Mississippi rallied from a four-run deficit and got two-run homers from Jon-Jon Hancock and Chris Coghlan to beat South Alabama 9-7 and remain unbeaten in the Oxford, Miss., regional. Coghlan’s eighth-inning blast broke a 7-7 tie and gave Ole Miss the lead for the first time in the game. In the early game, Tulane got key performances from two seniors to beat Bethune-Cookman 12-7. Billy Mohl struck out five in eight strong innings, while Nathan Southard went 2-for-2 with a double, two sacrifice flies and four RBI in the win. Tulane and South Alabama will have a rematch of their first-round game on Sunday, with the winner taking on Ole Miss for the regional crown.
Hawaii 5, Wright State 3
Oregon State 11, Kansas 3
Driver’s Seat: Oregon State
Driving Home: Wright State
• Righthander Jonah Nickerson became Oregon State’s career strikeouts leader and Chris Kunda homered twice as the Beavers used a seven-run second inning to beat Kansas 11-3. Nickerson struck out eight batters over 7 2/3 innings and Kunda drove in five runs to put Oregon State in command of the Corvallis, Ore., regional.
In Saturday’s elimination game, Derek DuPree went 3-for-4 with a triple as Hawaii beat Wright State
5-3. Hawaii jumped to a 5-0 lead and lefthander Ian Harrington made the lead hold up in a complete-game effort. Hawaii plays Kansas for a second time in Sunday’s first game, with the winner moving on to take on the Beavers.
Stanford 12, Texas 8
North Carolina State 6, UT Arlington 5 (10 innings)
Driver’s Seat: Stanford
Driving Home: UT Arlington
• Catcher John Hester hit a second-inning grand slam to help Stanford score a 12-8 win against Texas. Erik Davis recorded his third save of the season by thwarting a Longhorns rally in the seventh inning and pitching 2 1/3 hitless innings to preserve the Cardinal lead. Michael Taylor, Chris Lewis and Jason Castro all had three hits and three runs for the Cardinal, while outfielder Carson Kainer drove in four runs for Texas.
Texas will take on North Carolina State in an elimination game on Sunday, after Matt Camp’™s two-out bunt single drove in the winning run in the 10th
inning as N.C. State scored a 6-5 win over UT Arlington on Saturday. The Wolfpack escaped nearly jams in the
eighth and ninth innings to move the game into extra innings and eventually take the victory.