Michigan eliminates overall top seed Vandy in regionals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pinch-hitter Alan Oaks homered off Vanderbilt ace David Price in the top of the 10th inning and Michigan beat the overall No. 1 seed Commodores 4-3 on Monday night to advance to the NCAA tournament's super regionals.
Price (11-1), a left-hander starter projected as one of the top picks in this week's amateur baseball draft, pitched the ninth and 10th innings in relief.
"It's the best moment in my baseball career," Oaks said. "I don't even remember running the bases.
"I knew the fastball was his best pitch. I knew it was going to come," he said.
Adam Abraham (5-1) earned the win in relief, and Michael Powers got the save with a perfect 10th.
Vanderbilt (54-13) tied the game 3-3 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Flaherty and a run-scoring single by Matt Meingaser.
Nate Recknagel hit a two-run homer for second-seeded Michigan (42-17). Pedro Alvarez homered for the Commodores.
Mullen: Knocking down Dores
Vanderbilt entered the NCAA tournament with a gaudy record and ranking. But when it came to making it to Omaha, the nation's No. 1 team became the nation's No. 1 disappointment, writes Bryan Mullen. Story
The Wolverines will play the winner of the Charlottesville Regional in next weekend's super regionals. The Charlottesville title game between Oregon State and Virginia was scheduled for Tuesday.
"Oaks made me look better than I really am," Michigan coach Rich Maloney said. "Alan has superior power. We've seen him hit some mammoth home runs in practice.
"It was all or nothing. The chances of him actually doing it were not a high percentage. Alan hit the sweet spot, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen."
The loss ended a record year for Vanderbilt, which was ranked No. 1 for most of the season and won both the Southeastern Conference's regular season and tournament titles.
"It's like you slam on the brakes after going 100 miles per hour," coach Tim Corbin said of the sudden end to the season. "I didn't envision sitting before you talking about a loss. I thought we were going to win. I still think it's a bad dream. I didn't see this coming."
Oregon State 5, Virginia 3
Chris Hopkins homered to start a three-run eighth inning rally that lifted defending national champion Oregon State to a victory against Virginia, setting up a Tuesday championship.
Trailing 3-1, the Beavers (41-18) got a leadoff home run from Hopkins off Michael Schwimer (3-1). Joey Wong and Darwin Barney singled and advanced on a sacrifice. Jason Ogata's infield single tied it and John Wallace followed with a single, making it 4-3.
Jordan Lennerton closed the scoring with a home run in the ninth.
Joe Paterson (9-6), the second of four Beavers pitchers, came on in the fifth and struck out five in 3 2/3 hitless innings for the victory.
Barney finished with three hits and Hopkins two for Oregon State.
Mike Mitchell was 1-for-3 and had a two-run single as the Cavaliers (45-15) scored three times in the fifth. Tyler Cannon drove in the other run with a double.
The teams will meet again at noon on Tuesday.
Oregon St. 5, Rutgers 2
Jorge Reyes allowed only two runs in six innings and defending national champion and third-seeded Oregon State eliminated second-seeded Rutgers in the Beavers' first game of the day on Monday.
Reyes (5-3) allowed six hits, struck out four and walked four for the Beavers (40-18). He left with a 4-2 lead and Daniel Turpen got the last nine outs.
Oregon State went ahead to stay in the first on a throwing error by Rutgers catcher Frank Meade. The Beavers added two runs in the third, one in the sixth and one more in the seventh on a home run by Lonnie Lechelt, who was 3-for-4.
Matt Giannini (5-5) pitched six innings for Rutgers (42-21). The sophomore allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking five.
Meade hit a solo home run in the sixth and finished 2-for-4.
Chapel Hill Regional
North Carolina 6, Western Carolina 5
Josh Horton's two-run single with two outs in the ninth gave North Carolina its second straight come-from-behind victory, a win over Western Carolina that sent the Tar Heels on to the next round of the NCAA tournament.
The Tar Heels (51-12) trailed 5-4 in the ninth when Western Carolina pulled closer Greg Holland after he put two men on with a pair of walks. Horton greeted replacement Chris Masters with a single to the gap in right-center that scored Matt Cavasinni and Dustin Ackley.
North Carolina closer Andrew Carignan worked the ninth to earn his 14th save for North Carolina, which advances to next weekend's best-of-three super regional series against South Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Round Rock Regional
UC Irvine 9, Texas 6
Tyler Vaughn's two-run double highlighted the three-run eighth inning for the second-seeded Anteaters (43-15-1). The game picked up from the bottom of the seventh inning after rain suspended play on Sunday with second-seeded UC Irvine holding a 6-5 lead over the top-seeded Longhorns (46-17).
Columbia, Mo., Regional
Louisville 16, Missouri 6
Chris Dominguez' grand slam highlighted an eight-run first inning and he added a three-run shot in the fourth, helping Louisville beat top seed Missouri.
Dominguez homered four times in the last three games, including a pair of crucial two-run shots on Sunday that helped keep the third-seeded Cardinals (44-21) alive.
Missouri ace Aaron Crow, who threw a complete game to beat Kent State on Friday, allowed seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. Aaron Senne homered for Missouri (42-18), which finished second in the Big 12 and hosted a regional for the first time but finally collapsed after allowing Louisville a season-high 21 hits.
Myrtle Beach Regional
Clemson 15, Coastal Carolina 3
Andy D'Alessio went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Marquez Smith had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs to lead the second-seeded Tigers (41-21) into the super regionals against Mississippi State. finished with three homers among 20 hits.
The top-seeded Chanticleers (50-13) have never advanced past the regionals in seven NCAA appearances.
College Station Regional
Texas A&M 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 2
Kyle Thebeau allowed seven hits and two unearned runs and struck out 13 as the Aggies advanced to the super regionals for the first time in three years.
Texas A&M (48-17) lost to Louisiana-Lafayette (47-17) on Saturday but rebounded to win the regional with three straight victories, including two over the second-seeded Ragin' Cajuns.
The 13 strikeouts were a career high for Thebeau (3-5). Top-seeded Texas A&M scored four runs in the second inning, including a leadoff homer by Craig Stinson.
The Aggies will play No. 2 overall seed Rice this weekend.
Columbia, S.C., Regional
South Carolina 11, Charlotte 6
Phil Disher's grand slam in the fourth inning gave the Gamecocks the lead for good and they advanced to the super regionals for the seventh time in eight years.
Disher's grand slam gave South Carolina a 6-5 lead. It was Disher's 15th homer of the season and the 110th for South Carolina, which leads the nation in homers.
Charlotte (49-12) had 15 hits, but left 11 men on base in the game that was delayed nearly three homers by a thunderstorm in the third inning.
South Carolina (45-18) will be at North Carolina this weekend.
Wichita St. 3, Arizona 0
Travis Banwart allowed two hits over 7 2/3 innings and Tyler Weber homered in a three-run fifth inning to lead the Shockers (53-20) to the super regionals for the first time since 1996. Wichita State had lost in four straight regional championship games.
Banwart (10-5), relieved early in Friday's loss to New Orleans, struck out 12 to tie a career high.
The top-seeded Shockers beat second-seeded Arizona (42-17) on Sunday night to force the championship game. They will play Cal-Irvine in the super regionals.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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