Super-Regional Recaps: Day Three

See also: Day One recap
See also: Day Two recap

Four teams earned trips to the College World Series on Saturday, but only one could do so Sunday. Oregon State swept its super-regional in two games, and the Beavers advanced to Omaha for the second straight season.

Oklahoma, Georgia and Miami all evened their three-game series at one apiece. The deciding games take place Monday. Oklahoma faces Rice at 1 p.m., while Georgia plays South Carolina at 7 p.m., the same time Mississippi plays Miami.

Oregon State 15, Stanford 0

Oregon State scored four runs in the first inning, and righthander Jonah Nickerson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Beavers dominated Stanford 15-0 to earn a spot in Omaha. The Beavers are the only member of the 2005 College World Series to return this season.

The loss was the worst postseason defeat in team history for Stanford, which was shutout in the postseason for the first time since 1982.

Oregon State didn’t take long to eliminate any drama. The Beavers used six hits to take a 4-0 lead in the first, while Nickerson didn’t allow any hits until the fourth. In the fourth, Oregon State widened the lead to 10-0, as Scott Santschi hit a two run homer, while Bill Rowe drove in a pair with a single.

Thanks to three hit-by-pitches, Rowe reached base six times. He went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBIs. Cleanup hitter Tyler Graham was 5-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

Miami 7, Mississippi 0

Freshman second baseman Jemile Weeks homered to open the game, hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and finished with a five-RBI night as Miami beat Mississippi 7-0 at Swayze Field to even the super-regional series.

Righthander Danny Gil worked six scoreless innings and allowed four hits to earn the win. He also beat Manhattan in the opening game of the Lincoln Regional, which was his first start since February.

The win was Miami’s first postseason shutout since 1976.

Weeks went 3-for-4 with two runs scored on the night, and bases-empty home runs by fellow freshmen Dennis Raben and Yonder Alonso accounted for the rest of Miami’s runs.

Georgia 11, South Carolina 5

Georgia fell behind by four runs early before exploding for 19 hits in an 11-5 win against South Carolina to force a decisive third game in the super-regional series.

Jonathan Wyatt, Joey Side, Josh Morris and Ryan Peisel all enjoyed three-hit days at Foley Field, and Bobby Felmy and Jason Jacobs each homered and drove in two runs.

Righthander Brooks Brown allowed five runs, but just two were earned as he yielded four hits and three walks while striking out six.

“We got out to a tough start today,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “It’s amazing what these kids continue to do.

“I thought with us being in an elimination game and considering the kind of start we got out to, I felt that it was going to be a struggle all day. I tip my hat to Brooks. He settled in and pitched out of a jam after a tough start–he kept us in the ball game today. Obviously, our offense got going and played to their identity today.”

Oklahoma 11, Rice 5

Oklahoma scored the final 10 runs of the game to battle back from a four-run deficit and beat Rice 11-5 at Reckling Park. That tied the super-regional series at a game apiece.

It marked the first loss for Rice since May 12 and marked the second time this season OU stopped a 14-game Rice win streak.  

All nine Oklahoma starters recorded at least one hit, with third baseman Ryan Rohlinger leading the attack with three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Catcher Jackson Williams and first baseman Kevin Smith each drove in two runs for the Sooners.

In seven postseason games, Rohlinger is hitting .581 with three home runs, a 1.000 slugging percentage and 13 RBIs.

Oklahoma’s ace, righthander Daniel McCutchen, went the distance for the Sooners and recorded nine strikeouts while allowing nine hits and a walk. He struggled in the early going, but settled down to allow only one hit after the fourth.

“His location got better on his breaking stuff later in the game, and
he added a pretty good changeup. We were chasing it, but it was pretty
good. He’™s a good competitor and you expect things like that from him,” Rice coach Wayne Graham said.