NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Flaherty scored on pitcher Ben
Wilshire's error in the bottom of the 11th inning to give
top-ranked Vanderbilt a 2-1 victory over Austin Peay in the first
round of the NCAA tournament.
With runners at second and third, Shea Robin tapped a grounder
to Wilshire, who mishandled the ball. Flaherty, who had singled,
scored from third base.
Vanderbilt (52-11) will face Michigan on Saturday, while Austin
Peay will play Memphis in an elimination game.
Vanderbilt's David Price and Austin Peay's Shawn Kelley engaged
in a pitcher's duel most of the night. Price shut out the Governors
until the top of the ninth, when Tyler Farrar's home run tied it at
1 and forced extra innings.
Price struck out 17, matching his career high. Casey Weathers
(12-2) earned the victory in relief, striking out five in two
Kelley pitched 10 innings, surrendering five hits and striking
out nine. His wild pitch in the sixth allowed Brad French to score
from third base.
David Vicini (2-2) took the loss.
Michigan 10, Memphis 7
Nate Recknagel and Doug Pickens each drove in three runs for
Michigan (40-16), and Zach Putnam (8-4) pitched eight innings and
had a two-run double in the seventh.
Memphis dropped to 36-26.
Myrtle Beach Regional
Clemson 3, St. John's 2
Brad Chalk's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave
Clemson the win.
The Tigers (39-21) scored two runs in the ninth. Doug Hogan
tripled and came home on a wild pitch to tie it at 2.
That set up Chalk's winning single off Colin Lynch (1-2). The
ball skipped off shortstop Jeff Grantham's glove and slowly rolled
into left field, allowing Wilson Boyd to score just ahead of the
Chalk, who returned last week after missing a month with a
stress fracture in his lower back, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Addison Johnson also had three hits and an RBI.
Alan Farina (6-3) was the winner in relief.
St. John's is 40-18.
Coastal Carolina 7, VCU 1
Bobby Gagg (12-2) allowed just an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings,
and Coastal Carolina (49-11) scored five runs in the third, all
after what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt by Dom Duggan fell
for a single.
Virginia Commonwealth (37-22), committed three errors, all in
the infield. Before Friday, VCU had committed just three errors in
its previous 20 games.
Long Beach Regional
Ill.-Chicago 4, Long Beach St. 1
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ryan Zink held Long Beach State to one
hit over eight innings and Illinois-Chicago upset top-seeded Long
Beach State (37-19) for its first NCAA tournament win.
Zink (7-3) who had Tommy John elbow surgery last year, struck
out five and walked one for the Flames (35-19). David Cales struck
out the side for his 13th save.
Micky Pingree hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth to add
to the Flames' 2-1 lead.
UCLA 7, Pepperdine 3
Tyson Brummett (10-5) pitched 8 2/3 innings, and Cody Decker
homered and had four RBIs to lead UCLA (31-26) past Pepperdine
Tim Murphy came on with two outs in the ninth with the bases
loaded and got Donald Brown to pop out to end the game. Pepperdine
sent nine men to the plate and scored three times in the ninth
before Murphy quieted the rally. Ryan Heroy hit a two-run homer in
the ninth for the Waves to cut UCLA's lead to 7-3.
Columbia, Mo., Regional
Louisville 13, Miami 7
Daniel Burton had three hits and four RBIs, including a
tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth for Louisville (41-20).
Jorge Castillo hit a game-tying three-run home run in the fourth
and Derrick Alfonzo was 5-for-6 with a homer and two RBIs for the
Jemile Weeks had a three-run triple and Richard O'Brien homered
for Miami (36-23).
Missouri 10, Kent State 2
Aaron Crow (9-3) threw a five-hitter for his second complete
game of the season, and John McKee hit a grand slam for host
Greg Rohan's two-run homer in the seventh was the only damage
against Crow, who had eight strikeouts and no walks. Kent State
dropped to 33-25.
Oregon St. 5, Rutgers 1
Joe Paterson (8-6) allowed one run on five hits in six innings
to help defending champion Oregon State (39-17) beat Rutgers
Scott Santschi was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, Jordan
Lennerton finished 2-for-4 with a run for the Beavers.
Virginia 5, Lafayette 1
Brandon Guyer hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and
Sean Doolittle (8-3) pitched 7 2/3 innings for his Virginia-record
22nd career victory.
Jake Rule got the last four outs for Virginia (44-14).
Lafayette dropped to 33-19.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 6, Jacksonville 0
Robert Woodard (10-2) threw eight shutout innings for North
Carolina to improve to 22-0 at cozy Boshamer Stadium.
Woodard scattered seven hits in his longest outing in two
months, striking out five and leading North Carolina (49-12) to its
fourth straight win and a successful first step toward a possible
return to the College World Series.
Jacksonville dropped to 34-27.
East Carolina 9, Western Carolina 8
Jamie Ray's bases-loaded single in the eighth inning drove in
the go-ahead run and East Carolina (40-21) rallied from a four-run
deficit to beat Western Carolina (40-19).
Corey Kemp's three-run homer in the sixth started the comeback.
Southern Miss 14, Troy 1
Luke Adkins and Brian Dozier hit home runs and Southern
Mississippi took advantage of five errors to beat Troy.
Adkins had a two-run homer in the first inning to help the
Golden Eagles (39-21) race to a 9-0 lead after two innings. Dozier
added a solo homer in the fourth inning and Southern Miss had 16
hits against Troy (34-26).
Ryan Belanger (8-4) was the winner.
Mississippi 14, Sam Houston St. 5
Zach Miller tripled and scored the tiebreaking run in the fifth,
and added a two-run single in the sixth for Mississippi (38-23).
Will Kline (7-2) worked six innings for the victory, and Justin
Cryer closed out the Bearkats (38-23) with two innings of scoreless
Arizona 4, Oral Roberts 3
Bill Rhinehart blooped a single into short left-center in the
seventh to drive in the go-ahead run for Arizona.
Closer Jason Stoffel pitched two scoreless innings and Arizona
(41-15) improved to 35-0 when leading after seven innings. Starter
Preston Guilmet (12-2) and Stoffel combined to strike out 16
New Orleans 7, Wichita St. 6
Brandon Bowser drove in two runs in the ninth inning as New
Orleans (38-24) rallied to beat Wichita State (49-20).
Stephen Whalen (9-5) was the winner.
Oklahoma St. 6, Creighton 4
Rebel Ridling hit a three-run homer in Oklahoma State's four-run
first inning to help the Cowboys (33-19) end a six-game losing
Oliver Odle (7-4) went the distance for the Oklahoma State,
striking out five and giving up four runs on nine hits. Marc Lewis
(8-3) took the loss for Creighton (44-15).
Arkansas 9, Albany 0
Logan Forsythe hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning,
and Jacob Julius had a two-run double in the third for Arkansas
Arkansas starter Duke Welker (7-5) was the winner, and Evan Cox
pitched the final three innings to get his second save of the
Albany is 29-28.
Round Rock Regional
Texas 8, Brown 2
Kyle Russell hit his 28th home run of the season in the first
inning, and Chais Fuller added a two-run homer in the sixth for
Texas reliever Joseph Krebs (9-1) entered the game in the fifth
inning and had seven strikeouts. He allowed only two hits. Brown
dropped to 27-20.
UC Irvine 13, Wake Forest 0
Wes Etheridge (12-4) struck out 10 in eight innings, and Bryan
Peterson went 3-for-3 and scored three runs for UC Irvine
Wake Forest dropped to 33-28.
Columbia, S.C., Regional
Charlotte 6, N.C. State 3
Adam Mills helped Charlotte (48-10) win for the first time in
three NCAA tournaments, limiting North Carolina State (37-22) to
six hits and two unearned runs in seven innings.
Mills (14-2) struck out five and walked one. He didn't allow an
earned run, dropping his national-best ERA to 0.96. Spencer
Steedley homered for the 49ers.
South Carolina 9, Wofford 1
Justin Smoak hit two home runs, and Harris Honeycutt (8-5)
allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings for South
Wofford dropped to 30-32.
TCU 3, Baylor 2
Andrew Walker and Bryan Kervin homered in the seventh inning to
lead TCU (47-12).
Walker snapped a 1-1 tie with his 12th home run of the season, a
solo shot off Jeff Mandel. One out later, Kervin sent Mandel's 2-1
pitch over the wall in right-center for a two-run lead. Sam Demel
(7-1) pitched the final three innings for the win.
Baylor dropped to 34-26.
Rice 5, Prairie View A&M 0
Tyler Henley hit a two-run homer, and Matt Langwell (7-1)
pitched seven scoreless innings for Rice (50-12).
Bobby Bramhall pitched two innings of one-hit relief, striking
our four of the seven batters he faced. Prairie View (34-24) made
Florida St. 6, Bethune-Cookman 2
Buster Posey capped a five-run seventh with a two-run homer, and
Jason Stidham hit a solo shot in eighth for Florida State (48-11).
Alejandro Jimenez homered for Bethune-Cookman (33-26).
Mississippi St. 6, Stetson 3
Mitch Moreland broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the
fourth, and Mississippi State (34-20) broke the game open with a
Stetson dropped to 41-20.
UC Riverside 10, Nebraska 5
Jaime Pedroza hit a two-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the
third and added a two-run single in the fourth to pace the UC
Carl Uhl had tied the game with a solo shot in the third and
added a two-run double in the fourth. James Simmons (11-3) limited
Nebraska (30-26) to four runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Arizona St. 5, Monmouth 3
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ike Davis and Kiel Roling homered and Brian
Flores scattered three hits over eight innings to lead Arizona
State past Monmouth.
Flores (10-1) allowed two runs, struck out eight and walked two
to help the Sun Devils (44-13) advance. Davis' two-run homer broke
a 1-1 tie in the sixth.
College Station Regional
Louisiana Lafayette 5, Ohio St. 4
Xavier Alexander's doubled into the left-center gap in the
bottom of the ninth to give Louisiana Lafayette (44-15) the
Nolan Gisclair had a two-run homer for the Cajuns. Matt Pilgreen
(7-0) was the winner, pitching five scoreless innings. Ohio State
dropped to 37-23.
Texas A&M 7, Le Moyne 2
David Newmann (11-1) struck out nine over seven innings, and
Texas A&M (45-16) stole eight bases to give the Aggies a Big
12-record 147 steals on the season.
Le Moyne (34-18) hasn't won in the tournament since 1989.
San Diego Regional
CS Fullerton 7, Minnesota 1
Wes Roemer (10-6) threw a seven-hitter, and Evan McArthur and
Josh Fellhauer hit home runs in Cal State Fullerton's five-run
Dan Lyons homered for Minnesota.
Fullerton improved to 34-23, and Minnesota dropped to 40-17.
Fresno State 6, San Diego 2
Tommy Mendonca led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking home run to lead Fresno State over San Diego.
Tanner Scheppers (7-5) pitched 3 1-3 innings scoreless innings to preserve the win for Fresno State (37-27). Sean Nicol drove in
two runs with a double in the fourth for the Toreros (43-17).
Tom Mendonca hit his 10th home run of the season and Fresno State broke open a 4-4 tie in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Bulldogs (37-27) scored three runs in the eighth inning and added another in the ninth as Fresno State outhit San Diego (43-17), 15-6.