Regionals Roundup: Seven Teams Advance To Supers

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A drama-filled weekend of regionals continued Sunday with another slate of riveting action. Seven teams clinched trips to super regionals Sunday, including five No. 1 seeds (Louisville, Oklahoma State, Texas Christian, Vanderbilt and Virginia), one No. 2 seed (Maryland) and one No. 3 seed (Pepperdine). The stunner was Maryland, playing in its first regional since 1971 and taking down a South Carolina team that had won 27 consecutive home games in the NCAA tournament (dating back to 2000) entering the weekend. South Carolina hadn’t lost a regional at home since 1976, but the Terrapins dominated the Gamecocks on Sunday to complete a 3-0 run in Columbia, setting up a showdown against Virginia next weekend in Charlottesville.

Jose Cuas

Jose Cuas and the Terps next face Virginia. (Photo by Tom Priddy)

The only other super regional matchup that is set pits TCU against Pepperdine, which won its first regional since 1992 by taking down top-seeded Cal Poly.

Six other regionals were pushed to Monday when one-loss teams won two games on Sunday: Alabama beat Kennesaw State, Stanford beat Indiana, Houston beat Louisiana State, Louisiana-Lafayette beat Mississippi State, Oregon State beat UC Irvine and Texas A&M beat Texas to force winner-take-all games on Monday.

Weather put a crimp in Sunday’s action, with delays for rain or lightning in Baton Rouge, Gainesville, Lafayette and Louisville. The Oxford Regional is playing catch-up from having its slate rained out on Friday, with Mississippi and Washington squaring off for the regional title on Monday. Action in Gainesville was suspended before the first Sunday game could be completed, so North Carolina and Long Beach will resume Monday at noon, with College of Charleston waiting for the winner. The same thing happened in the second game of the day at Coral Gables, with Miami and Texas Tech suspended with the Red Raiders leading 1-0 in the top of the 8th. Miami has to defeat Texas Tech twice to win the regional.

BATON ROUGE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Houston 9, Southeastern Louisiana 5 | Southeastern eliminated
Game 6: Houston 5, LSU 4, 11 innings

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Houston vs. LSU, 7 p.m.

Kyle Survance (3-for-5, 3 R) hit a two-run single to highlight Houston’s six-run second inning against Southeastern Louisiana, and Aaron Garza (6 IP, 10 H, 2 ER) turned in a solid start to help the Cougars get a rematch against LSU in the regional final.

Survance (3-for-5, R, RBI) led the offense again in the win against the Tigers, and the Cougars erased a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the eighth against Kurt McCune to force extra innings, highlighted by two-run singles by Landon Appling and Caleb Barker. Houston scored the go-ahead run in the 11th on Survance’s RBI single, and closer Chase Wellbrock (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) earned the win in relief. Expect the Cougars to bring back Andrew Lantrip, who threw just 41 pitches in Friday’s start against Bryant, on Monday against LSU, which lost a home regional game for the first time in the Paul Mainieri era. LSU is likely to start freshman Alden Cartwright on Monday.

BLOOMINGTON REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Stanford 12, Youngstown State 4 | Youngstown State eliminated
Game 6: Stanford 10, Indiana 7

A.J. Vanegas

A.J. Vanegas (Photo by Bill Mitchell).

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Stanford vs. Indiana, 5:30 p.m.

Stanford’s bats carried it to a pair of wins Saturday, as the Cardinal scored 22 runs in two games against Youngstown State and Indiana. Danny Diekroeger (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) led Stanford’s offense in support of Brett Hanewich (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K) against the Penguins.

Indiana carried a 6-4 lead into the eighth inning in the night game, but the Cardinal rallied for three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to force a rematch Monday. A.J. Vanegas (5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) kept the Cardinal in the game with strong relief work, and Wayne Taylor’s pinch-hit three-run homer in the eighth put Stanford ahead for good.

CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Arkansas 10, Bucknell 0 | Bucknell eliminated
Game 6: Virginia 9, Arkansas 2 | Arkansas eliminated

Clark Eagan and Brian Anderson had three hits apiece to pace Arkansas’ 16-hit assault against Bucknell, while Jalen Beeks and Jackson Lowery combined on a three-hit shutout.

But Arkansas ran into the Virginia buzz saw in the night game. Derek Fisher (2-for-4, R, 4 RBI) and John La Prise (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led the UVa. offense in support of Brandon Waddell (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER), as the Cavs took control with a six-run third inning and never looked back.

COLUMBIA REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: South Carolina 9, Campbell 0 | Campbell eliminated
Game 6: Maryland 10, South Carolina 1 | South Carolina eliminated

South Carolina reached the regional final by blasting Campbell and getting a complete-game shutout from Wil Crowe (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), who needed just 101 pitches to go the distance.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Maryland, but the Terrapins went ahead for good with two runs in the fourth and padded their lead in four of the next five innings to cruise to the biggest win in program history. Blake Schmidt (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the fourth, and Maryland got sterling relief from Taylor Stiles (2 IP, 3 H, 0 R) and Bobby Ruse (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R).

See Jim Shonerd’s reports from Columbia for more details.

CORAL GABLES REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Miami 10, Bethune-Cookman 0 | Bethune-Cookman eliminated
Game 6: Miami vs. Texas Tech, suspended in top of 8th with Texas Tech leading 1-0

Monday, June 2
Game 6: Completion of suspended game, 2 p.m.
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6, if necessary, 7 p.m.

Zack Collins

Zack Collins (Photo by Richard Lewis/Miami Athletics)

Miami stayed alive with a dominating win against Bethune-Cookman behind Bryan Radziewski (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K). Zack Collins homered twice and drove in five to power the Hurricane offense.

In the second game, Texas Tech scored a run in the first against Javi Salas (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), and Ryan Moseley (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) shined for Texas Tech before play was delayed for 38 minutes by rain in the sixth. The game resumed for a couple of innings before play was finally suspended in the eighth. The game featured some tension in the third, when David Thompson grounded out to shortstop and collided with Texas Tech first baseman Eric Gutierrez, knocking Thompson to the ground. Gutierrez dropped the ball in Thompson’s lap as he sat on the ground, raising the ire of Miami first-base coach Gino DiMare, who exchanged heated words with Gutierrez. Benches cleared but no punches were thrown. When the dust settled, Gutierrez, DiMare and Texas Tech assistant J-Bob Thomas were ejected.

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Oregon State 6, UNLV 1 | UNLV eliminated
Game 6: Oregon State 4, UC Irvine 0

Ben Wetzler

Ben Wetzler (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Oregon State vs. UC Irvine, 8 p.m.

The Beavers bounced back from Saturday’s 14-2 blowout loss by allowing just one run total in two wins Sunday. Ben Wetzler (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) went the distance to improve to 12-1 in the first game against UNLV, and the Beavers broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth.

Oregon State gave closer Scott Schultz his fifth start of the year in the night game against Irvine, and he responded by throwing his third complete game of the season, shutting out the Anteaters on just two hits and two walks while fanning four. Jeff Hendrix (3-for-3, R) and Gabe Clark (1-for-4, 2 RBI) led the offense for OSU, which scored a run in the first and three more in the third to take control.

FORT WORTH REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Sam Houston State 9, Siena 2 | Siena eliminated
Game 6: TCU 6, Sam Houston State 1 | Sam Houston State eliminated

Sam Houston State bounced back strong from its late-night/early-morning 22-inning loss to the Horned Frogs, scoring five runs in the second against Siena and never looking back.

But the Bearkats had no answer for Tyler Alexander (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) in the rematch against TCU, which got two-hit games from six starters as part of a balanced 14-hit attack. It was the second straight complete game for Alexander, who became TCU’s first 10-game winner since Matt Purke in 2010. The Horned Frogs will host a super regional for the first time in program history next weekend.

GAINESVILLE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: North Carolina vs. Long Beach State, suspended in top of 7th with Long Beach leading 5-4
Second game of day postponed due to rain

Monday, June 2
Game 5: Completion of suspended game, Noon
Game 6: Winner of Game 5 vs. College of Charleston, one hour following completion of Game 5
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6, if necessary, 7 p.m.

Wet weather continued to be the major story of the Gainesville Regional. When the Dirtbags and Tar Heels actually got to play Sunday, Ino Patron spotted Long Beach to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first, but Skye Bolt answered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the frame. With the score tied 4-4 in the sixth,  Michael Hill gave Long Beach State the lead again with a solo homer. Whichever team emerges victorious when play resumes Monday will have to beat rested College of Charleston twice in a row later Monday.

HOUSTON REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Texas A&M 9, Rice 8, 10 innings | Rice eliminated
Game 6: Texas A&M 3, Texas 2

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Texas A&M vs. Texas, 6 p.m.

Sunday featured a pair of intense rivalry games in Houston. Rice carried a 6-0 lead into the seventh-inning stretch in the first game, but Texas A&M stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to take the lead. Rice tied it with a run in the ninth and went ahead with another in the top of the 10th, only to see Krey Bratsen tie the game again with a bloop single in the bottom of the frame, then score the winning run on a wild pitch later in the inning. Rice made four errors in the game, which featured a combined 29 hits.

In the night game against Texas, the Aggies broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fifth on Nick Banks’ RBI single, and Tyler Stubblefield (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K) went the distance to force a rematch Monday.

LAFAYETTE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Louisiana-Lafayette 11, Jackson State 1 | Jackson State eliminated
Game 6: Louisiana-Lafayette 14, Mississippi State 8

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m.

The Ragin’ Cajuns have scored 34 runs in three games since getting shut out by Jackson State on Friday. Jace Conrad (3-for-6, 6 RBI, 2B, HR) powered the offense in Sunday’s rematch against Jackson State, and the Cajuns got strong pitching from Chris Charpentier and Matt Hicks.

The Cajuns jumped out to a 3-0 lead through two innings against MSU ace Ross Mitchell (3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) in the night game, and Mississippi State tied it up with three in the top of the third against Cody Boutte (6.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER), but ULL regained the lead with three in the bottom of the frame, then broke it wide open with six more in the fourth. Conrad (3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI), Seth Harrison (2-for-4, R, 3 RBI) and Dylan Butler (3-for-5, R, 2 RBI) led Louisiana-Lafayette’s 18-hit barrage.

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Kentucky 8, Kansas 6 | Kansas eliminated
Game 6: Louisville 4, Kentucky 1 | Kentucky eliminated

Zack Brown

Zack Brown

In Sunday’s first game, Kentucky got a solid start from freshman Zack Brown (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER), who picked up his first career win, and Max Kuhn (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit a three-run triple to highlight UK’s four-run fourth inning. That put the Wildcats up 8-0, and they held of Kansas’ comeback bid.

Another freshman, Logan Salow (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), gave Kentucky a chance in the night game, but Louisville’s own freshman lefty, Josh Rogers (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), matched him. The Cardinals extended a 1-0 lead with three runs in the seventh inning, and relievers Kyle McGrath and Nick Burdi worked a combined three hitless innings to nail down the victory. The intense rivalry game, which was delayed nearly four hours by weather, featured two benches-clearing incidents after collisions at home plate, with the second resulting in the ejection of Kentucky’s Thomas Bernal.

I’ll have a full report on Louisville’s triumph on Monday.

NASHVILLE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Oregon 11, Xavier 8 | Xavier eliminated
Game 6: Vanderbilt 3, Oregon 2 | Oregon eliminated

Sunday’s elimination game between Oregon and Xavier featured a pair of huge momentum shifts in the late innings. Xavier erased a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth, then tacked on three more in the seventh to take an 8-3 lead. But Oregon rallied for three in the eighth and two more in the ninth to force extra innings, then won it with three in the 10th, highlighted by Mitchell Tolman’s RBI triple.

The Ducks carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning against Vanderbilt, but the Commodores tied it up in the eighth and won it on Ro Coleman’s walk-off single in the ninth. Walker Buehler (9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) went the distance for Vandy.

OXFORD REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 3: Georgia Tech 4, Jacksonville State 2 | Jacksonville State eliminated
Game 4: Mississippi 2, Washington 1
Game 5: Washington 4, Georgia Tech 2 | Georgia Tech eliminated

Monday, June 2
Game 6: Washington vs. Mississippi, 2 p.m.
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6, if necessary, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s three-game slate started with Georgia Tech breaking a 1-1 tie with three in the ninth to beat Jacksonville State. Matt Gonzalez hit a two-run double to highlight Georgia Tech’s ninth-inning rally, and Dusty Isaacs escaped a jam in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.

In the second game, Christian Trent (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and Aaron Greenwood (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) stymied the Washington offense in a 2-1 win. The Huskies got a strong start from Jeff Brigham (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K), but Auston Bousfield’s solo homer in the fifth proved decisive.

But Washington eliminated the Yellow Jackets with a 4-2 win in the third game, breaking a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth, highlighted by Robert Pehl’s go-ahead RBI single. Trevor Dunlap (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) picked up the win with strong relief work.

SAN LUIS OBISPO REGIONAL

Nick Torres

Nick Torres (Photo by Larry Goren)

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Cal Poly 6, Sacramento State 5 | Sacramento State eliminated
Game 6: Pepperdine 10, Cal Poly 6 | Cal Poly eliminated

Cal Poly got two RBIs apiece from Nick Torres and John Schuknecht against Sacramento State, then staved off the Hornets’ late comeback bid to temporarily stave off elimination.

But Pepperdine jumped on Danny Zandona for five runs in the second in the late game. The Mustangs chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the score at 6-6 with two runs in the eight, only to see Pepperdine answer with four in the ninth to win. Regional MOP Bryan Langlois hit a three-run triple to highlight Pepperdine’s rally, and Chandler Blanchard worked a scoreless ninth to preserve the upset. Langlois finished with five RBIs in the game.

STILLWATER REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Cal State Fullerton 4, Nebraska 3 | Nebraska eliminated
Game 6: Oklahoma State 6, Cal State Fullerton 4 | Cal State Fullerton eliminated

The Titans overcame a 3-2 deficit with two runs in the seventh to beat Nebraska. Grahamm Wiest (8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) turned in a solid start to earn the win, and Clay Williamson led the offense with two RBIs.

The Titans chased Tyler Nurdin in a three-run first inning in the second game, but Oklahoma State got to Phil Bickford (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) for a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to cut Fullerton’s lead to 4-3. Then the Cowboys surged ahead for good with three runs in the seventh on five hits, highlighted by Tim Arakawa’s go-ahead two-run single. Oklahoma State won its first regional since 2007.

TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL

Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Alabama 6, Georgia Southern 0 | Georgia Southern eliminated
Game 6: Alabama 4, Kennesaw State 1

Monday, June 2
Game 7: Alabama vs. Kennesaw State, 7 p.m.

Alabama stayed alive by allowing just one total run in a pair of wins Sunday. Geoffrey Bramblett (9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) sparkled in his first career complete game against Georgia Southern, and Ben Moore (3-for-3, 3 RBI) powered the Bama offense.

Lefthander Taylor Guilbeau (9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 5 K) followed with a complete game in his first start of the season against Kennesaw State. Casey Hughston had two RBIs to lead Alabama’s balanced 10-hit attack in that one. The Crimson Tide snapped KSU’s nine-game winning streak and forced a decisive rematch against the Owls on Monday.

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