Oklahoma, Georgia and Miami force Game 3s

Updated: June 12, 2006, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Jackson Williams and Ryan Rohlinger helped Oklahoma rally from a four-run deficit Sunday to defeat Rice 11-5 and even their best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series.

Rohlinger went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored two runs. Jackson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored two runs.

The Owls (54-11) and Sooners (44-22) will meet Monday, with the winner going to the College World Series.

Kenny Ford homered in the third for Rice. He had a two-run double and Tyler Henley added an RBI double in the fourth to give Rice a 5-1 lead.

But the Sooners responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead and added four in the seventh.

Daniel McCutchen (10-8) allowed five runs and seven hits through the first four innings before retiring the next 14 batters and pitching shutout ball over the final five innings. Bobby Bramhall (4-2) took the loss in relief.

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Georgia 11, South Carolina 5
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jason Jacobs and Bobby Felmy each hit home runs and Georgia rallied to even the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional 1-1.

The teams will play a decisive third game Monday for the right to go to the College World Series.

A day after South Carolina hit eight home runs, including an NCAA record-tying five in a row in the second inning, Jacobs' two-run shot to left field in the top of the fourth inning dented the Gamecocks' four-run lead.

After Matthew Dunn's sacrifice-bunt RBI tied it and Ryan Peisel gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the series on a wild pitch, Felmy led off the fifth inning with a first-pitch homer to straightaway center field to make it 6-4. It was Felmy's first home run in 41 games.

Georgia starter Brooks Brown (8-4), gave up four runs in the first three innings, but settled down and retired nine of the next 11 hitters he faced. The junior righty, the 34th overall selection in last week's major league draft, allowed four hits in six innings and struck out six.

South Carolina starter Mike Cisco (7-5) allowed five earned runs and seven hits and never got out of the fourth inning.

Miami 7, Mississippi 0
OXFORD, Miss. -- Jemile Weeks hit two of Miami's four home runs and finished with five RBI, as the Hurricanes forced a deciding Game 3.

Danny Gil (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings and got plenty of run support from Weeks, who homered to lead off the first inning and added a two-run shot in the fourth for Miami (40-22).

The Hurricanes moved within one victory of their 22nd berth in the College World Series and third trip to Omaha in four years.

Dennis Raben homered and Weeks had a two-run single as part of a three-run second for the Hurricanes, who ended the Rebels' nine-game winning streak and spoiled their perfect postseason.

Yonder Alonso added a solo homer in the eighth, his team-leading 10th of the season.

Oregon State 15, Stanford 0
Mississippi (44-21), looking for its first CWS berth since 1972, won the opener by rallying from six runs down.

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Oregon State Beavers are headed back to Omaha.

Jonah Nickerson scattered five hits and Mitch Canham drove in five runs for Oregon State in a 15-0 victory Sunday night over Stanford, advancing the Beavers to the College World Series.

Oregon State, making its second consecutive trip to the series after a 53-year drought, will face the winner of Monday's deciding Super Regional game between Mississippi and Miami.

The Beavers (44-14) are the only team that went to Omaha last year that made it to the Super Regional round. They defeated Stanford 4-3 Saturday night in the opening game of the best-of-three series.

Oregon State earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament as the Pacific-10 Champion. Stanford (33-27), which finished fifth in the Pac-10, won an at-large berth.

Nickerson (11-4) received a standing ovations when he left the game with two outs in the eighth. He struck out seven.

Oregon state jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Bill Rowe had an RBI single, Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher hit Canham with the bases loaded, and Shea McFeely singled in a pair of runs.

The Beavers added six more runs in the fourth and the game slipped away for Stanford. Scott Santschi hit a two-run home run, his second homer of the season. Rowe added a two-run single and Tyler Graham hit an RBI double before Canham's sacrifice fly.

Canham hit a two-run single in the sixth to make it 12-0, then hit an RBI double in the eighth. Graham, who went 5-for-6 with three RBI, also singled in a run in the eighth.

Gallagher (5-5) allowed six runs on eight hits through three innings. Stanford used seven pitchers.

Oregon State swept Stanford in a three-game series in Corvallis during the regular season, but the Cardinal rebounded to win nine of their last 15 conference games. The Beavers -- nine of whom were picked in Tuesday's draft -- are 27-4 at Coleman Field this year.

Stanford has lost six of seven to Oregon State in the last two seasons and missed the College World Series for the third year in a row.

The Cardinal have made 15 trips to the CWS, winning titles in 1987 and 1988. The Cardinal were runners-up in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Before last season, the Beavers had not made the tip to Omaha since 1952.


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