Regional round play continues, teams advance
Stanford 17, NC State 7
AUSTIN, Texas -- Chris Minaker had five hits, two RBI and scored six runs, and Michael Taylor added a two-run homer to lead Stanford to a 17-7 victory over North Carolina State in the Austin Regional and advance to the Super Regionals for the sixth time.
Stanford (33-25), whhich led 11-7 before a six-run ninth inning sealed its victory. The Cardinal had a season-high 24 hits and 17 runs. Austin Yount (4-0) earned the win for Stanford giving up only two runs on one hit in 3 1-3 innings.
Aaron Bates went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Wolfpack (41-22). Jon Still went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and scored one run.
Minaker was named the regional's most valuable player.
Chris Engle (1-1) gave up two runs on two hits in 1 1-3 innings.
NC State 6, Texas 3
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jonathan Diaz had an RBI double and Matt Camp doubled in the eighth inning to help North Carolina State eliminate defending national champion Texas 6-3 in the Austin Regional on Sunday.
North Carolina State (40-22) advances to the regional championship game later Sunday against Stanford.
Hunter Harris tied things up for the Longhorns (41-21) in the seventh with an RBI double. But Texas reliever Randy Boone couldn't hold off North Carolina State during its three-run eighth inning.
Diaz's double was his first hit of the regional. Designated hitter Jon Still led the Wolfpack (40-22) with three hits and two RBIs.
Wolfpack starter Gib Hobson (10-2) had a complete game, giving up five hits and three runs. Texas pitcher Adrian Alaniz (7-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in seven innings.
Georgia Tech 8, Vanderbilt 4
ATLANTA -- Matt Wieters homered twice to finish off an amazing weekend, Ryan Turner had the longest outing of his career and Georgia Tech completed its unbeaten run through the NCAA's Atlanta regional with an 8-4 win over Vanderbilt.
The Yellow Jackets (48-16) advanced to the Super Regionals for the third year in a row and fifth time in seven seasons. They'll host either Kentucky or College of Charleston next weekend.
Whoever it is must find a way to stop Wieters, who reached base in 14 of 15 plate appearances -- including the last 11. His final line: eight hits, three homers and six walks.
Wieters also picked up a save in Georgia Tech's first regional win -- after catching the first eight innings -- and got the final two outs of the deciding game after Turner put two runners on in the ninth. To the surprise of no one, he was named MVP of the regional.
Turner (4-3) limited the Commodores (38-27) to eight hits in 8 1-3 innings, the longest stint of the junior's career. He had never gone more than seven.
Cody Crowell (6-3) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Vanderbilt 5, Michigan 4
ATLANTA -- Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Davis homered for Vanderbilt, which seemed to get every disputed call while eliminating Michigan.
The Commodores (38-26) advanced to meet host Georgia Tech later Sunday.
Michigan (43-21) erased a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth, but Vanderbilt went back ahead with a two-run seventh. Alex Feinberg led off with a double and took off for third on a wild pitch. He was awarded home when catcher Jeff Kunkel slid to retrieve the ball just short of the Michigan dugout but stuck a foot onto the first step -- technically, out of play.
David Macias set up the go-ahead run with a one-out double down the right-field line. He took third on a wild pitch and came home when Derek VanBuskirk made a diving catch on Brian Hernandez's sinking liner in right-center field.
Georgia 7, Florida State 1
ATHENS, Ga. -- Josh Morris's three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, his school record-tying 23rd of the season, led Georgia to a 7-1 win over Florida State, setting up an NCAA regional championship game Monday night between the same two teams.
Georgia (44-20) was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the must-win game when Morris hit a 3-1 pitch from Bryan Henry (9-4) into the left-field parking lot. He tied the single-season mark set by Andy Osbolt in 1998, and added to his career record -- now at 51.
Freshman Jason Leaver (3-2) pitched into the sixth inning, his second longest outing of the year, before Rip Warren and Joshua Fields closed out Florida State (44-20) with a combined eight-hitter.
Matt Olson and Matthew Dunn had RBI singles in the top of the fourth to give Georgia a 2-0 lead.
The Seminoles chased Leaver with three singles in the sixth, before Warren got two groundball outs and a strikeout to hold Florida State to a single run.
Matt Dunn had an RBI single in the eighth and Kyle Keen added a sacrifice fly in the ninth for Georgia.
Georgia 15, Jacksonville 8
ATHENS, Ga. -- Joey Side drove in six runs with a triple and a homer in an elimination game. Side also singled, but failed to hit for the cycle when he grounded out in his last two at bats.
Georgia (43-20) advanced to the championship round later Sunday against Florida State.
Jonathan Wyatt, Josh Morris and Jason Jacobs also homered for Georgia. Nathan Moreau (8-1) got the win. Morris' homer was the record 50th of his Georgia career and his 22nd of the season, leaving him one shy of the single-season school record of 23 set by Andy Osbolt in 1998.
Gordie Gronkowski hit a three-run homer in the third for the Dolphins (43-19).
Miami 10, Manhattan 4
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Scott Maine pitched a complete game and Jon Jay hit a two-run homer in a five-run seventh inning that helped carry Miami to a 10-4 victory over Manhattan and the Lincoln regional championship.
Miami (39-21), in the NCAA tournament for a record 34th straight year, won its 13th consecutive regional title. The Hurricanes play Mississippi in super regionals.
Manhattan went 2-2 in its second NCAA tournament appearance and first since 1957. The Jaspers of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference finished 34-23, a school record for wins.
Maine (11-3) scattered six hits in the Hurricanes' first complete-game victory in the postseason since Cesar Carillo beat Florida in 2004. Jemile Weeks, named the regional's most outstanding player, hit a game-tying double in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on Jay's groundout.
Miami loaded the bases against Manhattan starter Matt Nevins (3-6) with two in the fifth but came away with nothing when Nevins got Jay to swing at a bad pitch for strike three.
Manhattan 6, San Francisco 4
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Josh Santerre pitched into the eighth inning and Manhattan parlayed five hits and four San Francisco errors into a win in an elimination game.
The Jaspers (34-22) were to play Miami on Sunday night. They would need to beat the Hurricanes twice to win the regional title.
Manhattan scored three times without a hit in the first inning. The Dons (39-23) committed three errors and USF starter Jason Dufloth (2-2) hit a batter as the Jaspers took the lead, and Nick Derba's two-run single in the second made it 5-1.
Santerre (4-4) allowed allows four runs, three earned, and six hits in seven innings.
Evansville 15, Virginia 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Kasey Wahl went 4-for-6 with five RBIs and Evansville eliminated top-seeded Virginia.
Each starter had a hit for the Purple Aces (42-21), who will face South Carolina later Sunday. Jim Viscomi went 3-for-4 with four runs scored.
Pat Tumility hit a two-run homer in the first, and Evansville added five runs in the third. After a four-run fifth made it 11-1, the Cavaliers (47-15) put two on the board in the bottom of the inning. But Evansville added another four in the sixth.
Mississippi 12, Tulane 4
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mark Wright homered and drove in four runs, and Mississippi beat Tulane 12-4 to win the Oxford Regional and claim a second straight berth in the super regionals.
Regional MVP Justin Brashear also had four RBIs for Ole Miss (43-20), unbeaten in seven games this postseason. The Rebels will host Miami in the best-of-three super regional series which starts either June 9 or 10.
The Green Wave (43-21) were denied their third consecutive super regional berth.
Ole Miss trailed 2-0 in the first before tying it in the second and taking a permanent lead one inning later. Brashear, the No. 7 hitter, doubled home one run in the second before he put the Rebels ahead for good in the third with an RBI single to right field.
He added a run-scoring single in the fifth ahead of Wright's homer, and singled in a run in the ninth.
Freshman Lance Lynn (7-3) worked into the eight and had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Stephen Porlier (7-5) allowed eight runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Tulane 18, South Alabama 11
OXFORD, Miss. -- Tulane scored nine runs in the fifth inning to eliminate South Alabama.
Brad Emaus and Cat Everett each had two-run singles in the inning for the second-seeded Green Wave (43-20). Tulane was to play top-seeded Mississippi later Sunday.
Emaus put Tulane ahead for good in the fifth when he drove Joey Doan's two-out pitch up the middle to score Everett and Mark Hamilton and give his team a 4-3 lead. Later that inning, Everett singled down the line in right field to bring home Ty Wallace and Matt Riser.
Jeff Cunningham hit a three-run homer and Joel Collins had a two-run shot to highlight a six-run seventh for the Jaguars (39-21).
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 14, Winthrop 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tim Federowicz hit a two-run homer and Chad Flack had a two-run double to highlight a six-run fourth inning that keyed North Carolina's 14-2 win over Winthrop and put the Tar Heels in the NCAA super regional round.
The top-seeded Tar Heels (48-13) scored 14 or more runs in all three of their regional victories. They will face either Alabama or Troy in next weekend's super regional.
Junior right-hander Daniel Bard (8-3) pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and the Tar Heels had 19 hits. Bard, a likely first-round pick in the MLB amateur draft on Tuesday, struck out eight and allowed two earned runs on eight hits.
Flack and Federowicz combined for five hits, Josh Horton went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, and Jay Cox added his fourth home run of the weekend. Cox, the regional's most outstanding player, also drove in two runs increase his total to 11 for the weekend.
Jonathan Settle (5-2) took the loss for second-seeded Winthrop (46-18), allowing two earned runs on six hits over 2 2-3 innings.
Winthrop 5, UNC Wilmington 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Right fielder Phil Carey hit an infield single for the go-ahead run as Winthrop rallied with a three-run ninth inning to eliminate N.C.-Wilmington (42-22).
The Eagles (46-17) moved on to face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the evening game Sunday.
In a game that featured eight sacrifices, Winthrop used two in its ninth-inning rally, along with a pair of infield hits and a pair of singles up the middle against Wilmington reliever Adam Paul (7-3).
Carrara led the Eagles with three hits. Jason Appel had two doubles and a single for the Seahawks.
Baylor 7, Arizona St. 2
HOUSTON -- Beamer Weems hit a three-run home run in the third inning to help rally Baylor to a 7-2 win over Arizona State.
The Bears (37-25) will meet Rice in the championship game of the Houston Regional on Monday.
The Sun Devils (37-21) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Baylor starter and winner Cory VanAllen (8-5) walked consecutive batters with the bases loaded.
VanAllen quickly settled down and allowed only five hits and one earned run in 5 2-3 innings. Junior Jeff Mandel earned his eighth save of the year.
The Bears cut the Arizona State lead to 2-1 when Mike Pankratz hit a solo home run in the second inning. Baylor took the lead for good in the third on Weems' homer. Baylor added three runs in the sixth inning with the aid of two Arizona State errors to open a 7-2 lead.
Jeff Urlaub (5-3) took the loss for Arizona State, which stranded 12 runners.
Rice 7, Baylor 2
HOUSTON -- Senior Eddie Degerman struck out a season-high 14 batters to pace Rice.
Rice (52-10) will meet either Baylor (36-25) or Arizona State in the championship game Monday. Baylor played Arizona State in an elimination game later Sunday.
The Owls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Greg Buchanan and Joe Savery and an RBI double by Josh Rodriguez. Tyler Henley added an RBI single in the second. The Owls added three unearned runs off Baylor reliever Nick Cassavechia in the sixth inning.
Baylor's only runs came in the fourth inning.
Kentucky 12, Ball State 9
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Shelby, son of the former major league player by the same name, went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to carry the Wildcats.
Kentucky (44-16) faces College of Charleston later Sunday.
Ball State, appearing in its first NCAA tournament since 1969 after winning the Mid-American Conference tournament, had beaten Kentucky on Friday. Pitching failed the Cardinals (38-22) in the rematch.
Kentucky scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings and took the lead for good in the third on a two-RBI double off the right-field wall by Ryan Wilkes. Antone DeJesus then drove in Wilkes with a sacrifice fly for the first of his four RBIs to give the Wildcats a three-run cushion.
Mississippi St. 12, Elon 3
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Brian LaNinfa had four more RBIs and left-hander Justin Pigott shut down Elon to eliminate the Phoenix.
The Bulldogs (37-22) now must beat NCAA top seeded Clemson two in a row at Doug Kingsmore Stadium -- something that's happened just once this season -- to advance to their first super regional in five years.
LaNinfa's second-inning single brought in two and put the Bulldogs up 6-0. After Elon (45-18) cut the lead to 6-3, LaNinfa homered off the roof of Clemson's batting cage facility in right to put the game out of reach. It was LaNinfa's 11th homer and second straight NCAA game with blast to right.
Troy 6, Southern Miss 5
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Starter Ryan Ellison overcame four Troy errors to pitch into the seventh and Josh Dew worked out of a ninth-inning jam to eliminate Southern Mississippi (39-23).
The Trojans (47-15) scored four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead after falling behind 4-0 with an error-filled second inning. Troy faces Alabama later Sunday.
Southern Miss rallied to within a run in the ninth off relievers Mike Felix and Dew.
Felix walked Jody Blount with one out before exiting. Dew switched from first base to the mound and allowed Trey Sutton and Marc Maddox to single, scoring Blount and placing runners at first and second. Dew got Toddric Johnson to ground out to second base to end the game and earn his seventh save.
Oklahoma 15, Texas Christian 6
NORMAN, Okla. -- Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and Kevin Smith and Kody Kaiser also homered as Oklahoma eliminated Texas Christian.
The top-seeded Sooners jumped out to a 10-0 lead and avenged a loss earlier in the regional, in which fourth-seeded TCU (39-23) came back in the ninth inning for the win.
Ryan Rohlinger put Oklahoma (42-20) ahead with a two-run double in the third inning and Smith followed with a two-run home run to left. Kaiser added a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and the Sooners scored five runs -- including Moss' grand slam -- with the help of two TCU errors in the fifth.
Oklahoma St. 6, Arkansas 5
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Adam Carr's three-run homer in the sixth inning helped Oklahoma State eliminate Arkansas (39-21).
The win put Oklahoma State (41-19) into a game Sunday night with Oral Roberts for the regional championship.
Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle (5-4) went 6 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out three. The Sooners' five-run sixth inning started when Corey Brown hit a solo home run. John Schindler doubled and hit Keanon Simon was hit by a pitch to set up Carr's three-run blast.
Hawaii 9, Kansas 5
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Matt Inouye had two home runs and four RBIs as Hawaii eliminated Kansas.
Luis Avila added three hits and three RBI for the Rainbows (45-16), who advanced to play Oregon State late Sunday.
Jared Schweitzer was 3-for-5 with a home run for Kansas (43-25). The Jayhawks took a 5-0 lead in the third inning, but Hawaii tied it in the bottom of the inning, capped by Inouye's two-run homer. Luis Avila added an RBI single in the sixth.
Missouri 2, UCLA 1
MALIBU, Calif. -- Rick Zagone allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven and Evan Frey singled home Brock Bond in the bottom of the seventh to help the Tigers eliminate UCLA.
Missouri (33-26) faces Pepperdine later Sunday.
Bond went 1-for-2 and accounted for both Missouri runs after scoring in the fifth to tie the game at 1. Tim Stewart walked to lead off the second inning and scored the lone run for the Bruins (33-25).
Cal State-Fullerton 10, Fresno State 3
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Blake Davis went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as top-seeded Cal State Fullerton advanced to the super regionals.
The Titans (46-13) will likely host the winner of Monday's Pepperdine-Missouri game next weekend.
Fullerton's Danny Dorn broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth on a bases-loaded fielder's choice that drove in Justin Turner. Dustin Miller (12-1) earned the win for Cal State Fullerton, allowing three runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
Brandon Miller (0-2), making his first start of the season, took the loss for Fresno State (45-18).
Brian Lapin went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Fresno State after going 0-for-11 in the Bulldogs' first three postseason games.
Fresno State 9, San Diego 8
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Fresno State's Kent Sakamoto homered twice and drove in six runs as the second-seeded Bulldogs eliminated San Diego.
Brandon Burke pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his sixth save of the year, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Andy Underwood (12-3) earned the win for Fresno State, allowing six runs on 10 hits in five innings of work.
Matt Couch (7-5) suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on eight hits in four innings for San Diego (33-25).
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