Wolverines take lead in top of ninth, hold off Vandy at NCAA tourney
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Adam Abraham scored the go-ahead run on Kevin Cislo's infield single in the top of the ninth inning, then got the final three outs in Michigan's 4-3 victory over top-ranked Vanderbilt on Saturday night in NCAA tournament.
Abraham, who led off the ninth with a single off Casey Weathers, moved from third base to the mound in the bottom of the inning, striking out Ryan Flaherty with two runners on base to earn the save.
Parker Hanks' homer gave Vanderbilt (52-12) a 1-0 lead in the fifth, but Michigan (41-16) took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on Nate Recknagle's three-run double.
The Commodores tied it in the eighth on Matt Meingasner's two-run homer.
The game began nearly three hours late because of thunderstorms.
Vanderbilt will face Austin Peay in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner advancing to play Michigan.
Austin Peay 18, Memphis 7
Tyler Farrar and Josh Kemph each drove in three for Austin Peay (40-21) in the elimination game that was delayed for nearly 3½ hours in the fourth inning. Memphis finished the season 36-27.
Virginia 7, Oregon State 4, 13 innings
John Scaglione, David Adams and Beau Seabury had three straight RBI singles in the top of the 13th inning to help Virginia beat defending champion Oregon State.
Casey Lambert (3-2), Virginia's career saves leader, pitched the final 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out seven.
Virginia improved to 45-14.
Oregon State (39-18) will face Rutgers in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner advancing to play the Cavaliers.
Rutgers 11, Lafayette 10
Frank Meade and Dave Williams hit two-run homers in Rutgers' five-run eighth inning in the elimination game. Rutgers improved to 42-20, and Lafayette finished 33-20.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 11, East Carolina 10
Dustin Ackley singled home the winning run to cap North Carolina's three-run rally in the ninth inning.
North Carolina is 50-12. East Carolina (40-22) will face Western Carolina in an elimination game Sunday. East Carolina beat the Catamounts 9-8 in the opener Friday.
Western Carolina 7, Jacksonville 0
Drew Saberhagen threw eight shutout innings for Western Carolina (41-19) in the elimination game. Saberhagen (9-1), the son of two-time AL Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen, allowed seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
Jacksonville finished the season 34-28.
Arizona 9, New Orleans 8
Bill Rhinehart hit for the cycle for the second time this season and drove in four runs for Arizona (42-15).
Rhinehart singled in the third inning, doubled in the fourth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and tripled to right field in the eighth to drive in the tying run. He then scored the winning run on Brad Glenn's sacrifice fly.
New Orleans (38-25) will play Wichita State in an elimination game Sunday.
Wichita St. 11, Oral Roberts 4
Conor Gillaspie had a two-run single, and Tyler Weber and Josh Workman doubled in Wichita State's six-run seventh inning in the elimination game.
Shockers starter Rob Musgrave (10-2) gave up two runs in the second inning and then shut down Oral Roberts (40-17) until giving up Pat Warfle's solo home run in the eighth. Wichita State improved to 50-20.
Oklahoma St. 14, Arkansas 3
Tyler Mach hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, and Rebel Ridling had a solo shot for Oklahoma State (40-19).
Ty Wright's hitting streak ended at 35 games, though he got on base twice -- hit by a pitch, and with a walk -- and scored twice for the Cowboys.
Arkansas (42-20) will play Creighton on Sunday in an elimination game.
Creighton 21, Albany 11
Steve Winkelmann hit a three-run homer in Creighton's six-run sixth and finished 3-for-4 with six RBIs. Brett Mieras added an inside-the-park homer in the sixth, and Andrew Small also homered for Creighton (45-15) in the inning. Albany finished 29-29.
Columbia, Mo., Regional
Missouri 7, Louisville 5
Jacob Priday hit two home runs, and Scooter Hicks got the final two outs for his sixth save of the season for Missouri (42-16).
Louisville (41-21) will play Miami in an elimination game Sunday.
Miami 8, Kent St. 7
Reliever Danny Gil held off Kent State in the final 1 2/3 innings to help Miami avoid elimination. Blake Tekotte, a 2005 graduate of Columbia Hickman High School, and Mark Sobolewski homered for Miami (37-23). Kent State finished the season 33-26.
College Station Regional
Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Texas A&M 4
Nolan Gisclair homered to give Louisiana-Lafayette (45-15) the lead in the seventh inning, and Andrew Laughter (3-1) allowed one run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Texas A&M (45-17) will face Ohio State in an elimination game Sunday.
Ohio St. 6, LeMoyne 5
Matt Angle's singled to left field to score J.B. Shuck in the bottom of the 10th to lift Ohio State (38-23) past LeMoyne (34-19) in an elimination game. Cory Luebke (9-1) pitched all 10 innings for the Buckeyes, allowing nine hits and five earned runs.
Mississippi State 3, Florida St. 0
Justin Pigott (6-6) limited Florida State to three hits in seven innings, and Aaron Weatherford threw two hitless innings of relief for Mississippi (35-20).
Russ Sneed homered for the Bulldogs.
Florida State (48-12) will face Stetson in an elimination game Sunday.
Stetson 12, Bethune-Cookman 0
Stetson's Corey Kluber (12-2) limited Bethune-Cookman to five hits in seven innings in the elimination game. Jeremy Cruz homered for the Hatters (42-20). Bethune-Cookman finished the season 33-27.
Round Rock Regional
UC Irvine 3, Texas 1
Scott Gorgen (11-2) threw a five-hiiter, and Taylor Holiday had two hits and drove in a run for UC Irvine (42-15-1). Bradley Suttle homered for Texas (45-15), which will face Wake Forest in an elimination game Sunday.
Wake Forest 4, Brown 2
Converted reliever Ben Hunter (8-6) led Wake Forest (24-28) past Brown (27-21) in the elimination game, allowing one run in eight innings and tying his career high with 10 strikeouts.
Rice 6, TCU 3
Jared Gayhart hit a two-run homer, Danny Lehmann added a solo shot, and Ryan Berry (11-2) struck out in 6 1/3 inning for Rice (51-12) in a game delayed almost three hours by rain. TCU (47-13) will face Baylor in an elimination game Sunday.
Baylor 9, Prairie View A&M 2
Shaver Hansen went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to help Baylor (35-26) eliminate Prairie View A&M (34-25).
Mississippi 4, Southern Miss 0
Lance Lynn (8-4) pitched five no-hit innings and finished with a two-hitter for Mississippi (39-23). Southern Miss (39-22) will play Sam Houston State on Sunday in an elimination game.
Sam Houston St. 5, Troy 4
Luke Prihoda worked 2 2/3 inning for his national-best 18th save to help Sam Houston State (38-24) eliminate Troy (35-26).
Long Beach Regional
UCLA 3, Illinois-Chicago 1
Freshman left-hander Gavin Brooks (6-6) threw a two-hitter, and Ryan Babineau and Justin Uribe each had three hits for UCLA (32-26)
Chicago (35-20) will Long Beach State on Sunday in an elimination game.
Long Beach St. 6, Pepperdine 3
Andrew Liebel (9-3) threw a complete game, and Long Beach State (38-19) rallied for three runs in the eighth to beat Pepperdine (35-22) in the elimination game.
Arizona St. 9, UC Riverside 2
Petey Paramore went 3-for-4 and doubled in the go-ahead run, and Mike Leake struck out 10 in a complete game for Arizona State (45-13).
Riverside (38-20) will face Nebraska in an elimination game Sunday.
Nebraska 6, Monmouth 5
Jake Opitz had a two-run double in Nebraska' five-run seventh in the elimination game. Nebraska improved to 31-26, and Monmouth finished the season 36-24.
San Diego Regional
Minnesota 6, San Diego 5, 10 innings
Derek McCallum's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th gave Minnesota the victory in the elimination game after the Golden Gophers (41-17) blew a 5-0 lead in the ninth. Logan Gelbrich hit a three-run homer in the ninth for San Diego (43-18).
Cal State Fullerton 6, Fresno State 4 By virtue of it's win Saturday night, Cal State Fullerton remains undefeated in its regional and will face the winner of the Minnesota-Fresno State elimination game in Sunday's second contest.
Myrtle Beach Regional
Rain forced the postponement of play until Sunday. Virginia Commonwealth (37-22) will play St. John's (40-18) in an elimination game, and Coastal Carolina (49-11) will then face Clemson (39-21).
Columbia, S.C., Regional
Rain wiped out play. Wofford (30-32) will face North Carolina State (37-22) on Sunday an elimination game, and South Carolina (43-18) will play Charlotte (48-10) in the second game.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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