Missouri became the first No. 4 seed to win a regional in the 64-team era with an 8-3 victory against host Pepperdine on Monday in Malibu, Calif. Missouri, ranked 10th in the preseason, was 25-24 on May 14 and looked in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years before sweeping Texas and winning two games at the Big 12 tournament. The favorites won everywhere else, with hosts Rice, Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina moving on to super-regionals.Malibu Regional
Missouri 8, Pepperdine 3
Sophomore third baseman Brock Bond went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI as Missouri beat Pepperdine 8-3 Monday in Malibu, Calif. Taylor Parker allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn the win as Missouri won its fourth straight game to advance out of the loser's bracket to super-regionals against Cal State Fullerton.
Rice 7, Baylor 4
Center fielder Tyler Henley had four of Rice's 13 hits as the Owls beat Baylor 7-4 to advance to super-regionals. Josh Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs for Rice, the No. 2 national seed. Baylor took a 3-0 lead against Rice starter Joe Savery, who went five innings to earn the win as his team scored the game's next seven runs.
South Carolina 5, Evansville 1
Righthander Wynn Pelzer struck out nine
batters in a complete-game effort to help South Carolina eliminate
Evansville 5-1. Pelzer's performance came a day after Evansville
twice posted 15 runs in wins against Virginia and South Carolina. DH
Phil Disher hit a three-run home run--his third homer of the
regional--to spark the Gamecocks on offense.
Georgia 3, Florida State 2
Georgia beat Florida State for the
second straight day in a 3-2 game to win a regional on its home field
in Athens, Ga., after falling into the loser's bracket Saturday.
Trevor Holder held FSU to a run on four hits over six innings, and
center fielder Joey Side hit a two-run home run for the Bulldogs.
Oklahoma 7, Wichita State 6
Right fielder Chuckie Caufield hit a three-run homer to key a six-run second inning as Oklahoma earned a 7-6 win against Wichita State. The Sooners battled back through the loser's bracket after an opening day loss to win their first regional since 1995. Righthander Daniel McCutchen threw 5 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win, surviving a two-run ninth inning from Wichita State that saw the tying run stranded at third base.