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Top-ranked Vandy beats Michigan to force deciding game

6/4/2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brad French homered and drove in four
runs to lead top-ranked Vanderbilt to a 10-7 victory over Michigan
on Sunday night, forcing a deciding game Monday in the NCAA
regional tournament.

Vanderbilt (54-12) sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven
runs in the second inning. Shea Robin, Brad French and David Macias
each had run-scoring hits, while two other runs scored on Wolverine
errors.

After Michigan (41-17) cut the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the
second inning, the Commodores made it 9-2 in the fifth when French
floated a home run to right field.

In the fifth, Michigan's Jason Christian lined a double off the
left-field wall, scoring three runs and slicing Vanderbilt's lead
to 9-5. The Wolverines added two runs in the ninth.

Brett Jacobson (6-3) picked up the win in relief, allowing two
runs in 5 1-3 innings. Earlier Sunday, Vanderbilt beat Austin Peay
11-5.

Tallahassee Regional

Mississippi St. 9, Florida St. 4
Brandon Turner and Brian LaNinfa
homered to help Mississippi State advance to the super regionals.

The Bulldogs (36-20) advanced to the super regionals for the
first time since 2001 with the victory over the Seminoles (49-13).

Mississippi State starter Josh Johnson (3-3) and relievers Ricky
Bowen, Aaron Weatherford and Mitch Moreland limited the nation's
top hitting team to six hits -- two in the final five innings. They
combined to strike out 10.

Jack Rye hit two home runs for Florida State, which advanced to
the championship with a 17-1 victory over Stetson earlier Sunday.

Chapel Hill Regional

Western Carolina 9, East Carolina 5
Jonathan Ingram put Western Carolina ahead to stay with a
two-run homer in the third and finished a double shy of the cycle
in an elimination game.

Western Carolina (42-19) snapped a 13-game losing streak against
the Pirates, beating them for the first time in 30 years and
avenging a loss in the first game of the regional. Western Carolina
will face North Carolina (50-12) on Monday, with the Catamounts
needing two wins over the Tar Heels to advance to the super
regionals.

Stephen Batts homered, doubled and extended his school-record
hitting streak to 29 games for East Carolina (40-23).

The game was delayed six hours by rain.

Columbia, Mo., Regional

Louisville 4, Missouri 3
Chris Dominguez hit a tiebreaking two-run
home run in the eighth inning, helping Louisville force a deciding
game Monday.

Kyle Hollander escaped jams in the seventh and ninth for the
Cardinals (43-21), who beat Miami for the second time earlier
Sunday to end the Hurricanes' string of 13 straight regional
titles.

Dominguez played a pivotal role in both games, also breaking a
tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning of Louisville's 8-7
victory over Miami.

Dominguez angered Missouri (42-17) after apparently gloating
in the batter's box after his shot off Greg Folgia. He was booed
the rest of the game by a sellout crowd and players didn't shake
hands after the game.

Oxford Regional

Mississippi 21, Sam Houston St. 13
No. 9 batter Alex Kliman had four hits and drove in five runs -- nearly half his season total of 12 RBIs -- to help Mississippi
advance to the super regionals.

Kliman was one of nine Ole Miss hitters with at least one RBI
and the Rebels set a season high for runs and hits (22). Ole Miss
(40-23) batted around in two innings against the Bearkats (40-24).

Ole Miss will play the winner of the Tempe regional championship
between Arizona State and Nebraska. If Nebraska wins, Ole Miss will
host the three-game series.

Sam Houston State 12, Southern Miss 11 (11 inn.)
Previously hitless Bobby Verbick drove in
the winning run and Sam Houston State overcame four Southern Miss
leads to eliminate the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss led by as much as 7-1 after six innings. But Sam
Houston State began a series of rallies in the seventh and eight
innings to tie the score 7-7. Each time the Golden Eagles took a
lead after that, the Bearkats rallied to tie the score until
Verbick and Keith Stein drove in two runs in the bottom of the
11th.

Stein went 5-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs and was one of
just two players with more than one hit for Sam Houston. Nick
Zaleski also drove in two runs.

Myrtle Beach Regional

Clemson 11, Coastal Carolina 8
Andy D'Alessio had a home run, two doubles and four RBIs, and
Marquez Smith hit a three-run shot for Clemson (40-21).

Clemson will face Coastal Carolina again in the regional
championship Monday, with the Chanticleers needing two victories to
advance.

Coastal beat St. John's 6-5 in the final game Sunday to avoid
elimination.

Columbia, S.C., Regional

South Carolina 12, Charlotte 8
Trent Kline hit a three-run homer, and Justin Smoak and Andrew
Crisp also connected to help South Carolina (44-18) advance to the
regional final.

The Gamecocks, who have a national-best 109 homers this season,
will face Charlotte again Monday in the championship.

Charlotte (49-11), which needs two victories Monday to advance
to the super regionals, beat North Carolina State 12-10 late Sunday
in an elimination game.

College Station Regional

Texas A&M 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Scott Migl shut out
Louisiana-Lafayette through seven innings as Texas A&M
forced a final game.

A&M (47-17) took a 2-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by
Kyle Colligan and an RBI infield single by Luke Anders. The Aggies
added two runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Craig Stinson,
who was 0-for-3 to that point.

Travis Starling took over for Migl (7-3) in the eighth with two
runners on base. The Cajuns (45-16) got their only run in the
eighth on a sacrifice fly by Scott Hawkins.

Brent Solich (5-2) took the loss.

The two teams meet again Monday night for the chance to advance
to a super regional against Rice.

Texas A&M 10, Ohio State 4
First baseman Blake Stouffer hit for the cycle as Texas A&M stayed alive in the NCAA tournament with a victory over Ohio State.

Stouffer, who collected 6 RBIs, singled in the first, homered in
the third, tripled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh.
Stouffer also hit for the cycle earlier this season, becoming the
first A&M player to do so since 1992.

Gary Campfield (3-0) earned the victory in relief of starter
Kirkland Rivers. The duo combined to limit the Buckeyes to eight
hits, including two by Matt Angle.

Justin Miller and Cory Rupert paced Ohio State with two RBIs
each.

J.B. Shuck (4-4) took the loss.

Catcher Josh Stinson added two hits and two RBIs for the Aggies.

The Buckeyes finished the season 38-24.

Fayetteville Regional

Oklahoma St. 7, Arkansas 6
Oklahoma State's Corey Brown and Ty
Wright both hit three-run homers to lead the Cowboys
to a victory over Arkansas for the championship of the
Fayetteville Regional.

Oklahoma State (41-19) will play next weekend in a
super regional against the winner of a contest Monday between
Louisville and Missouri for the championship of a regional being
played at Columbia, Mo.

The loss ends the season for Arkansas (43-21).

Brown and Wright only had one hit each in Sunday's championship
game, but they combined for six RBIs. The Cowboys' only other run
came in the sixth inning when Matt Mangini scored on Jordy Mercer's
sacrifice fly to left field.

Arkansas scored two runs in the first inning when Jeff Nutt hit
a two-run single to right field, scoring Ben Tschepikow and Logan
Forsythe. After a two-run fourth inning, the Razorbacks rallied for
two more runs in the eighth on RBI basehits from Brian Walker and
Jacob Julius to cut Oklahoma State's lead to one run.

Arkansas' only hope in the bottom of the ninth inning came when
Casey Coon hit a two-out, infield single to Mercer, OSU's
shortstop. But the Razorbacks' next batter, Jeff Nutt, struck out
swinging to end the game and give the Cowboys their first regional
championship since 1999.

Oklahoma State's Josh Fritsche (2-0), who relieved starter Jeff
Breedlove in the fourth inning, picked up the victory after giving
up only one hit and striking out five batters.

Arkansas reliever Stephen Richards (1-2), who pitched only two
innings after taking over for starter Chris Rhoads, was tagged with
the loss after giving up two runs on one hit.

Arkansas 6, Creighton 0
Arkansas' Brian Walker hit solo home
runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lead the Razorbacks
to a victory over Creighton in an elimination game.

Walker, who had only two hits in his last 20 at-bats before
Sunday, went 4-for-4 for the Razorbacks, including his 10th and
11th homers of the season, with two RBIs and four runs scored. The
four-hit day was Walker's second of his career.

Arkansas starter Nick Schmidt (11-3) picked up the win after
going seven innings, striking out four batters, but hitting four
others.

Bluejays starter Ben Mancuso (10-3) was tagged with the loss
after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings on the mound
for Creighton (45-16).

Creighton leadoff hitter Robbie Knight set an NCAA record in the
first inning when he was hit by a pitch from Schmidt. It was the
34th time this season Knight had been hit by a pitch, exceeding the
33 times Andrew Slater was hit by pitched balls when he played for
Richmond in 1997. Knight was also hit again in the fifth inning,
raising the record to 35.

Houston Regional

Rice 3, TCU 1
Joe Savery (10-1) gave up one earned run and six hits in seven
innings, and doubled and scored two runs to lead Rice (52-12) into
the super regionals.

Bobby Bramhall got the final six outs for his sixth save.

Rice will face the winner of the College Station regional
championship between Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette. TCU
finished the season 48-14.

TCU 10, Baylor 5
Austin Adams hit an RBI single and Matt McGuirk
added a grand slam as TCU rallied with seven runs in the ninth to
defeat Baylor.

Ben Carruthers started the rally for TCU (48-13) with a single.
Keith Conlon was hit by a pitch. After Clint Arnold's sacrifice
bunt put runners on second and third, Steven Trout singled to right
field to tie the game at 5-5. Adams singled in Conlon for the
go-ahead run. McGuirk, who came into the game in the eighth, picked
up his fifth homer of the season with the grand slam to right
field.

Taylor Cragin (2-0) pitched the last four innings for the Horned
Frogs.

Round Rock Regional

UC Irvine-Texas, ppd
Storms late Sunday forced the suspension of the Longhorns' game
with UC Irvine (42-15-1) with the Anteaters leading 6-5 in the
bottom of the seventh.

Play was suspended for almost 90 minutes before the decision was
made to resume the game Monday afternoon. If a rematch is needed,
the game will begin an hour later.

Texas (46-16) took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a double
by Chais Fuller.

Cody Cipriano hit a two-run double just inside the third base
line and Matt Morris used a squeeze bunt to score another and give
the Anteaters a 3-1 lead in the third.

Texas tied the game in the fourth
and took a 5-3 lead in the
sixth when Brett Lewis hit a two-run double. But UC Irvine used two
doubles and a triple from Jeff Cusick to tie the game in the sixth.
Cusick scored on Aaron Lowenstein's fielder's choice to give UC
Irvine the 6-5 lead.

The Anteaters, who defeated the Longhorns 3-1 Saturday, would
win the regional with a victory in the suspended game.

Texas 7, Wake Forest 4
Bradley Suttle hit a two-run double in
the 12th inning to give Texas a victory over Wake Forest in an elimination game.

Wake Forest was down to its last strike in the ninth when Brett
Linnenkohl hit a two-run home run off Randy Boone to tie the game
with his first career pinch hit.

The Demon Deacons had a runner on second with one out in the
11th but were unable to score when pinch-runner Nathan Frazier was
thrown out at third on a grounder to shortstop Chais Fuller.

Texas centerfielder Nick Peoples fractured his left collar bone
in the first inning after he made a diving catch on a ball hit by
Dustin Hood.

Wichita Regional

Wichita St. 4, Arizona 3
Derek Schermerhorn drove in the winning run with
two outs in the ninth inning to give top-seeded Wichita State a victory over Arizona.

The Shockers' win means the two teams will play again Monday in
the regional championship game, with a berth in the super regional
at stake.

Wichita State pinch hitter Bret Bascue drew a four-pitch walk to
start the ninth, then pinch runner Ryan Jones advanced to second on
a sacrifice bunt. After another out, Schermerhorn drove the ball to
the gap in left center to score Jones from second.

The Shockers (52-20) have not advanced past a regional since
1996.

Arizona opened a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a Bill Rhinehart home
run, but Wichita State responded with two runs in the bottom of the
inning to go up 2-1.

The Wildcats (42-16) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the
fifth inning, but the Shockers went back on top 3-2 with a run in
the sixth. Arizona tied it again in the top of the seventh, setting
the stage for Schermerhorn's ninth-inning heroics.

Wichita State 7, New Orleans 3
Wichita State pitchers Aaron Shafer and
Noah Booth scattered nine hits to keep the top-seeded
Shockers alive in the Wichita Regional.

Shafer scattered six hits over six inning and struck out seven.
He allowed two runs. Booth allowed one run in three innings of
relief to eliminate the team that stunned Wichita State with a
ninth-inning rally to win 7-6 on Friday.

Long Beach Regional

UCLA 7, Long Beach State 4
Jermaine Curtis and Gabe Cohen sparked
a four-run fifth inning rally and Tim Murphy pitched a complete
game as UCLA captured the regional championship.

Curtis was named the tournament's MVP.

Despite losing eight of their final 11 regular season games,
UCLA (33-26), the No. 2 seed in the region, defeated the Dirtbags
(39-20) for the first time in three games this season. The Bruins
will play the winner of the San Diego regional starting next Friday
in a best of three series.

It marks the first time since 2000, and the fourth time the
school's history, that UCLA has advanced to the super regionals.

Trailing 4-2, Curtis led off the Bruins' fifth inning with a
solo homer to left. Four batters later, Cohen drilled a two-run
double with the bases loaded. Tim Stewart followed with a RBI
sacrifice fly giving UCLA a 6-4 lead.

Murphy (5-4) threw 140 pitches and gave up eight hits and struck
out eight to earn the win. Shane Peterson (2-2) took the loss for
the Dirtbags.

The Bruins added a run in the sixth and upped its lead to 7-4.

Long Beach State scored three runs in the first inning to take a
3-0 lead, but three UCLA hits and a costly Long Beach State error
helped the Bruins trim the Long Beach State lead to 3-2 in the
third inning. The Dirtbags got one back in their half of the third,
making it 4-2, on a RBI single by Brandon Godfrey.

Robert Perry had three hits for Long Beach State. Alden
Carrithers had three hits and scored two runs and Curtis had two
hits and two RBIs for the Bruins. Justin Uribe and Brady Dolan also
had two hits for UCLA.

Long Beach State 4, University of Illinois at Chicago 3
Omar Arif survived several defensive
miscues and needed help from three relievers as Long Beach
State held on to beat University of Illinois at Chicago (35-21).

Following Jake Carr's lead off seventh inning homer that trimmed
the Dirtbags' lead to 4-3, Dustin Rasco relieved Arif and shut the
Flames down. Jason Markovitz entered the game in the eighth to get
the final out of the inning. Bryan Shaw then pitched a scoreless
ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

Arif pitched six innings gave up four hits and three runs and
improved his record to 6-5. Steve Crnkovich (4-4) took the loss.

Chris Nelson, Robert Perry and TJ Mittelstaedt each had two hits
apiece for Long Beach State. Whinery had two hits for UIC.

Tempe Regional

Arizona State 19, Nebraska 7
Kiel Roling drove in four runs with a home run
and a double as Arizona State advanced to a super regional with a
19-7 victory over Nebraska.

Nebraska rallied from a 9-3 deficit with a run in the sixth and
three more in the seventh but C.J. Retherford hit a grand slam, his
first home run of the season, as part of a six-run bottom of the
seventh to help secure the win.

Sun Devil starter Josh Satow (12-3) shook off Nebraskas two-run
first inning to scatter seven runs on 11 hits over six innings for
the Sun Devils (46-13).

Thad Weber (1-2) lasted just a third of an inning for the
Cornhuskers (32-27) after giving up a three-run home run to Roling
and an RBI double by Matt Spencer.

Arizona State pounded out 23 hits against six Cornhusker
pitchers. The Sun Devils won all three of their regional games,
outscoring their opponents 33-12. As the No. 5 seed nationally
Arizona State are in line to play host to a best-of-three super
regional next weekend. The winner of the super regional advances to
the College World Series in Omaha.

Petey Paramore led the Arizona State attack going 4-for-5 with a
double and an RBI.

Craig Corriston had three hits, including a run-scoring triple
for Nebraska, the No. 3 seed in the regional who reached the game
by beating UC Riverside 11-1 earlier Sunday in an elimination game.

San Diego Regional

Cal State Fullerton 13, Fresno St. 2
Fullerton's John Curtis hit a three-run homer, part of a
four-run third inning, that helped send the Titans (36-23) to the
super regionals.

Nick Mahin drove in four runs for Fullerton, which improved to
9-2 in NCAA postseason play against the Bulldogs (38-29). Fullerton
beat Fresno State 6-4 on Saturday and twice in the 2006 regionals.

Earlier Sunday, Fresno State eliminated Minnesota 11-6.

Charlottesville Regional

Rain wiped out play, with defending champion Oregon State
(39-18) now set to face Rutgers (42-20) in an elimination game
Monday. The Oregon State-Rutgers winner will face Virginia (45-14),
with the elimination game winner needing two victories over the
Cavaliers to advance to the super regionals.