Missouri upsets Pepperdine to cap regional play

Updated: June 6, 2006, 2:12 AM ET
Associated Press

Malibu Regional
Missouri 8, Pepperdine 3
MALIBU, Calif. -- Brock Bond went 4-for-5 with an RBI as fourth-seeded Missouri advanced to the super regionals for the first time with an 8-3 victory over top-seeded Pepperdine in the Malibu Regional on Monday.

Derek Chambers went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice for the Tigers (35-26), who took an early 7-0 lead and became the first No. 4 seed to make it to the super regionals. Missouri will play No. 5 national seed Cal State Fullerton next weekend, with the winner of the best-of-three series advancing to the College World Series.

Taylor Parker (4-4) gave up two runs on five hits in 5 2-3 innings for the victory, the Tigers' fourth straight after dropping the regional opener to Pepperdine on Friday.

Barry Enright (13-2) allowed three runs on six hits in 3 1-3 innings, and Justin Tellam went 2-for-3 with a homer for the Waves (42-21).

Charlottesville Regional
South Carolina 5, Evansville 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Wynn Pelzer threw an eight-hitter and Phil Disher hit his third home run in four games, lifting South Carolina past Evansville 5-1 on Monday night and into the super regionals for the sixth time in seven years.

Pelzer (5-4) struck out nine and had a shutout until the seventh as he ended the Purple Aces' run from the losers' bracket. Evansville eliminated host and top seed Virginia 15-4 on Sunday, then forced another game by beating South Carolina 15-5.

The Gamecocks (40-23) will next play Georgia, which beat Florida State in the decisive game of the Athens Regional.

Disher, the most outstanding player of the Charlottesville Regional, hit a three-run homer in the third to give South Carolina a 4-0 lead.

Kai Tuomi (6-2) took the loss for Evansville (43-22).

Athens Regional
Georgia 3, Florida State 2

ATHENS, Ga. -- Joey Side hit a two-run homer, and freshman Trevor Holder pitched six strong innings to lead Georgia to a 3-2 victory over Florida State on Monday and send the Bulldogs to the super regionals.

Holder (4-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings for the Bulldogs (45-20), who improved to 18-6 all-time in NCAA elimination games, including 14-2 in the regionals and 8-0 at Foley Field. Georgia has won 21 of its last 25 games overall.

Side homered in the third to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead, marking the first time of the weekend that the Seminoles had allowed any runs in the first three innings of a game. Jonathan Wyatt added a two-out RBI single in the eighth.

Florida State (44-21) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Shane Robinson hit a leadoff single, stole second base -- becoming the first Seminoles player with 100 career steals -- moved to third on a bunt single and score on Dennis Guinn's RBI single. Tony Thomas Jr.'s sacrifice fly made it 3-2 in the ninth, but Joshua Fields got three outs for his 15th save.

Mark Sauls (1-3) took the loss for the Seminoles.
Houston Regional
Rice 7, Baylor 4

HOUSTON -- Josh Rodriguez homered and Joe Savery scattered two hits over five innings to lead No. 2 national seed Rice into the super regionals with a victory over Baylor in the Houston Regional.

After Baylor took a 3-0 lead in the third, the Owls rallied with five runs in the bottom of the inning -- all with two outs. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer following Tyler Henley's single to pull Rice within 3-2. Adam Zornes hit a two-run double and scored on Jordan Dodson's triple to give the Owls a lead it wouldn't surrender.

Savery (5-1) allowed three runs and struck out five, and Cole St. Clair got two outs for his 11th save. Rice (53-10) will likely host the winner of the Wichita State-Oklahoma game later Monday.

Tim Matthews (6-5) took the loss for Baylor (37-26).

Norman Regional
Oklahoma 7, Wichita State 6

NORMAN, Okla. -- Chuckie Caufield hit a three-run homer to highlight Oklahoma's six-run second inning, and the Sooners held on to beat Wichita State and advance to the super regionals.

Joseph Hughes had three hits and drove in two runs as Oklahoma (44-20) won its first regional since 1995. The Sooners, who lost their first-round game to Texas Christian on Friday, beat Houston, TCU and then defeated Wichita State twice to set up a super regional matchup with Rice.

Oklahoma broke open the game in the second when Hughes had a two-run single, Caufield homered and Brandon Moss hit an RBI single -- all with two outs -- to give the Sooners a 6-0 lead. Russell Raley added an RBI single in the eighth.

Wichita State (46-22) got within a run with two runs each in the third, sixth and ninth innings before Daniel McCutchen got Derek Schermerhorn to hit into a force play with the tying run at third to end the game. McCutchen (9-8), who threw 8 2-3 innings in the Sooners' 7-6 loss to TCU, threw 5 2-3 innings in relief of starter Brad Burns.

Rob Musgrave (6-3) took the loss, allowing six runs in 1 2-3 innings.


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