Sunday Roundup: Eleven Teams Wrap Up Regionals

Eleven regional winners have already been crowned. Florida State, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and Virginia all swept through their regionals undefeated and head to super regional play next weekend. All were No. 1 seeds and regional hosts except for Oklahoma, which won the Blacksburg regional.

Three teams from the ACC have already won regionals, and two more ACC teams will play for regional championships Monday. Two teams apiece from the Pac-12 and Big 12 teams have advanced, along with one apiece from the SEC, Big Ten, Big East and Big West. A third Pac-12 team remains alive, and three more SEC teams still have chances to advance Monday.

At least five games will be played on Monday. Florida Atlantic beat North Carolina; Oregon beat Rice; Georgia Tech beat Vanderbilt; and Central Arkansas beat Mississippi State, so those teams will square off again. In addition, the South Carolina-Liberty game in Columbia was suspended by rain and will resume on Monday, with South Carolina leading 4-2 in the fifth inning.

Let’s round up Sunday’s action.

CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL

Hosted by North Carolina (No. 1 national seed) • Boshamer Stadium • Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Florida Atlantic 6, Towson 5; Towson eliminated | Corey Keller Keeps FAU Alive
Game 6: Florida Atlantic 3, North Carolina 2 | Owls’ Homer Stuns Tar Heels

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Florida Atlantic vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m.

Hobbs Johnson carried a no-hitter into the seventh for UNC, but Florida Atlantic’s Ricky Santiago smacked a three-run homer in the seventh to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead, and the Owls went on to win by that score, forcing a decisive Game Seven. In the elimination game earlier in the day, Florida Atlantic scored a run in the ninth to break a 5-5 tie and end Towson’s storybook run. Corey Keller’s RBI double provided the winning run.

COLUMBIA REGIONAL

Hosted by South Carolina • Carolina Stadium • Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Liberty 3, Clemson 1; Clemson eliminated
Game 6: South Carolina 4, Liberty 2—game suspended by rain in 5th inning, will resume Monday at 1 p.m.

Monday, June 3 (if necessary)
Game 7: Rematch of Game 6, 7 p.m.

For all the gnashing of teeth about Clemson getting sent to the Columbia Regional for the second straight year, the Tigers never got to face off against the Gamecocks, as Liberty ended Clemson’s season in Sunday’s elimination game. Bryan Aanderud (4-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Liberty offense behind Trey Lambert (7.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER). South Carolina scored three runs in the third to build a 4-0 lead in the second game, and Liberty answered with two runs in the fourth, but play was halted by rain in the fifth.

NASHVILLE REGIONAL

Hosted by Vanderbilt (No. 2 national seed) • Hawkins Field • Nashville

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Georgia Tech 6, Illinois 3; Illinois eliminated
Game 6: Georgia Tech 5, Vanderbilt 0

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Georgia Tech is at its best with its back against the wall, evidently. The Yellow Jackets trailed 3-2 heading into the ninth against Illinois, but they rallied for four runs in the final frame, highlighted by Matt Gonzalez’s go-ahead RBI double. Mainstays Sam Dove and Daniel Palka (who is 7-for-14 in the regional) suffered injuries in that game that sidelined them against Vandy, but unlikely heroes lifted Georgia Tech to a dominating 5-0 win against the top-ranked Commodores. Sophomore Josh Heddinger, who carried a 5.75 ERA into the game and made just five previous starts this year, shut out the potent Vandy offense on just two hits, and catcher Mitch Earnest (making his 16th start of the year) helped give him some breathing room by smacking a two-run homer in Tech’s three-run sixth.

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL

Hosted by Louisville • Jim Patterson Stadium • Louisville

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Oklahoma State 7, Miami 1; Miami eliminated
Game 6: Louisville 13, Oklahoma State 2; Oklahoma State eliminated

Louisville won its first regional since 2009 by bashing Oklahoma State 12-3. Coco Johnson (2-for-4, 3 RBI) led Louisville’s balanced 12-hit attack, and Joe Filomeno (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K) earned his first win with outstanding relief work. The Cardinals broke open a 6-3 game with six runs in the eighth inning, continuing, a day after they erased a 1-0 deficit against Miami with a six-spot in the seventh. In the day’s first game, Mark Robinette (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER) stifled Miami.

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

Hosted by Oregon State (No. 3 national seed) • Goss Stadium • Corvallis, Ore.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Texas A&M 5, UC Santa Barbara 4; UC Santa Barbara eliminated
Game 6: Oregon State 6, Texas A&M 1; Texas A&M eliminated

Ben Wetzler (9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) continued his run of second-half excellence with a complete-game gem, and Danny Hayes (2-for-5, 3 RBI) broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the seventh. Oregon State advances to its fifth super regional, and its fourth at home. It won each of the previous three home supers, in 2005-07. The Beavers will welcome Kansas State next weekend. Earlier, Rafael Pineda (6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) helped the Aggies eliminate UC Santa Barbara.

MANHATTAN REGIONAL

Hosted by Kansas State • Tointon Family Stadium • Manhattan, Kan.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Arkansas 12, Bryant 3; Bryant eliminated
Game 6: Kansas State 4, Arkansas 3; Arkansas eliminated

After throttling Bryant 12-3 in Sunday’s elimination game, Arkansas took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Kansas State, but Gerardo Esquivel (4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) settled things down out of the K-State bullpen, and the Wildcats cut the deficit to one with a pair of runs in the fourth. Arkansas’ vaunted bullpen imploded in the seventh, as Michael Gunn walked the first two batters of the inning, and Jalen Beeks uncorked a wild pitch on an attempted intentional walk to allow the tying run to score. The Wildcats then scored the go-ahead run on another wild pitch. K-State bullpen stalwarts Nate Williams and Jake Matthys worked three combined scoreless innings of relief to nail down Kansas State’s school-record 44th win and its first trip to super regionals. The Wildcats will travel to Corvallis next weekend.

BATON ROUGE REGIONAL

Hosted by Louisiana State • Alex Box Stadium • Baton Rouge, La.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Louisiana-Lafayette 7, Sam Houston State 5; Sam Houston State eliminated
Game 6: LSU 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 1; Louisiana-Lafayette eliminated

With No. 3 starter Cody Glenn suspended for the weekend, LSU showed off its pitching depth Sunday. Brent Bonvillain (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), Nick Rumbelow and Chris Cotton combined on a three-hitter, leading LSU to a 5-1 win, clinching its 20th regional championship. Alex Bregman (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR) and Raph Rhymes (3-for-5, 2 RBI) led LSU’s 10-hit attack. The Tigers will host Oklahoma next weekend. Earlier, Matt Plitt (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) led Louisiana-Lafayette to a win against Sam Houston State.

BLACKSBURG REGIONAL

Hosted by Virginia Tech • English Field • Blacksburg, Va.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Virginia Tech 3, Connecticut 1; Connecticut eliminated
Game 6: Oklahoma 10, Virginia Tech 4; Virginia Tech eliminated

Virginia Tech temporarily staved off elimination with a 3-1 win against UConn behind Brad Markey (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), but the Hokies became the only top seed eliminated through the first three days of the tournament later Sunday. Oklahoma overcame a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the sixth, then tacked on six in the ninth to break open a one-run game. Jack Mayfield (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Hector Lorenzana (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2B) led OU’s 13-hit attack behind Jake Fisher (5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER). The Sooners won their third regional in the last four seasons (and their second in the state of Virginia), earning them a trip to Baton Rouge for supers.

FULLERTON REGIONAL

Hosted by Cal State Fullerton (No. 5 national seed) • Goodwin Field • Fullerton, Calif.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Arizona State 10, Columbia 5; Columbia eliminated
Game 6: Cal State Fullerton 6, Arizona State 1; Arizona State eliminated

After ASU slugged its way past plucky Columbia in the elimination game, the Titans jumped out to a 5-0 lead through two innings against Adam McCreery (1.1 IP, 1 H, 5 ER, 6 BB) and never looked back. Thomas Eshelman (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) was characteristically outstanding for Fullerton, which allowed just two runs in its three-game domination of the regional. Michael Lorenzen led the Fullerton offense, delivering a two-run single in the first and a perfect squeeze bunt in the second. The Titans have won 10 straight games for the fourth time this season, and they return to super regionals for the first time since 2010, when they lost to UCLA—their next opponent.

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL

Hosted by UCLA • Jackie Robinson Stadium • Los Angeles

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: San Diego 8, Cal Poly 5; Cal Poly eliminated
Game 6: UCLA 6, San Diego 0; San Diego eliminated | UCLA Reinforces SoCal ‘Juggernaut’ Status

San Diego broke open a 4-3 game with four runs in the sixth against Cal Poly and held on for the win, but the Toreros fell flat in the nightcap. Grant Watson (7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) was masterful for the Bruins, who jumped on Max Homick for four runs in the first and were never threatened thereafter, shutting out USD on one hit. UCLA heads to super regionals for the third time in the last four years, traveling to Fullerton for a rematch of a 2010 super regional.

CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL

Hosted by Virginia (No. 6 national seed) • Davenport Field • Charlottesville, Va.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Elon 6, UNC Wilmington 4; UNC Wilmington eliminated
Game 6: Virginia 11, Elon 3; Elon eliminated

Feisty Elon came from behind with three runs in the eighth to eliminate UNC Wilmington, and the Phoenix built a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third against Virginia. But the Cavs, who had scored just two runs in each of their first two regional victories, got their bats going with six runs in the third, highlighted by Nick Howard’s two-run single. Howard (4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Virginia’s balanced 14-hit assault, and David Rosenberger (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was outstanding in relief to pick up the win. The Cavs, who won their fourth regional in the last five years, will host either Mississippi State or Central Arkansas next week.

STARKVILLE REGIONAL

Hosted by Mississippi State • Dudy Noble Field • Starkville, Miss.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Central Arkansas 3, South Alabama 0; South Alabama eliminated
Game 6: Central Arkansas 5, Mississippi State 2

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Central Arkansas vs. Mississippi State, 3 p.m.

Central Arkansas rode outstanding pitching to a pair of wins Sunday, earning the Bears a decisive rematch against Mississippi State on Monday. Connor Gilmore (9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K) was brilliant in UCA’s win against South Alabama. Ethan McKinzie (9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) followed with a gem against Mississippi State, and the Bears broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Justin Treece’s two-run double. UCA has won three of its five meetings against MSU this year, all in Starkville.

TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL

Hosted by Florida State (No. 7 national seed) • Dick Howser Stadium • Tallahassee, Fla.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Troy 9, Alabama 8; Alabama eliminated
Game 6: Florida State 11, Troy 4; Troy eliminated

Troy scored four runs in the ninth inning to stun Alabama in Sunday’s first game, pushing across the winning run on a bases-loaded walk. But Florida State overcame a 3-2 deficit with seven runs in the fourth inning of the nightcap, highligthed by Brett Knief’s grand slam—the first home run of his collegiate career. Brandon Leibrandt (5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) picked up his 10th win of the year, and three relievers combined to work four innings of three-hit, shutout ball. Florida State outscored its opponents 32-4 in three games during the regional, running their winning streak in regional games to 19. FSU has won six straight regionals and 13 overall since the NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1999. In next weekend’s super regional, the Seminoles will host another team that scored plenty of runs this weekend: Indiana.

BLOOMINGTON REGIONAL

Hosted by Indiana • Bart Kaufman Field • Bloomington, Ind.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Austin Peay 5, Valparaiso 4; Valparaiso eliminated
Game 6: Indiana 6, Austin Peay 1; Austin Peay eliminated

Indiana scored three runs in the first and never looked back, beating Austin Peay 6-1 to capture its first regional. The Governors nearly tied the game in the second inning, but Justin Cureton made a leaping catch to rob P.J. Torres of a three-run homer, then doubled off the runner at first base. That play helped Will Coursen-Carr (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) improve to 4-0, and Ryan Halstead (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was dominant to earn his 11th save of the season, and the 22nd of his career (both school records). APSU had reached the regional final by overcoming a 4-2 deficit against Valparaiso, going ahead for good on Michael Davis’ solo homer in the eighth.

EUGENE REGIONAL

Hosted by Oregon (No. 8 national seed) • PK Park • Eugene, Ore.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Oregon 6, San Francisco 1; San Francisco eliminated
Game 6: Oregon 11, Rice 0

Monday, June 3
Game 7: Oregon vs. Rice, 9 p.m.

The Ducks recorded a pair of dominant victories to force a decisive Game Seven on Monday against Rice. Tyler Baumgartner (3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR) led the Oregon offense behind a masterful Cole Irvin (9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K) in the win against San Francisco and potential first-rounder Alex Balog (6.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER). Ryon Healy (4-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, HR) had a huge game against Rice to lead a 15-hit barrage behind Jeff Gold (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), who combined with Darrell Hunter and Jordan Spencer on a three-hit shutout. The Ducks had scored just three runs in their first two games before exploding for 17 runs in two games Sunday. John Simms (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER) took the loss for Rice.

RALEIGH REGIONAL

Hosted by North Carolina State • Doak Field • Raleigh, N.C.

Sunday, June 2
Game 5: William & Mary 4, Mississippi 1; Mississippi eliminated | William & Mary Sends Ole Miss Home
Game 6: N.C. State 9, William & Mary 2; William & Mary eliminated | Wolfpack Punches Ticket To Supers

Brett Koehler (9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) turned in a gem to lead upstart William & Mary past Ole Miss in the first game. But Tarran Senay (2-for-5, 5 RBI) hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the nightcap to put N.C. State ahead for good, and Brad Stone (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) turned in a strong start. The Wolfpack heads to super regionals for the second straight year; it will either travel to Eugene or host Rice.

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