Ratliff pumps Stanford past Pepperdine for regional victory
STANFORD, Calif. -- Sean Ratliff hit a pair of home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam, and Stanford overcame an early four-run deficit to beat Pepperdine 9-7 on Monday and win the Stanford regional.
Jason Castro hit a key two-run double for the Cardinal (37-22), who won four consecutive elimination games to advance to a Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton, a 5-4 winner over UCLA in the Fullerton regional.
Chase d'Arnaud had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs for the Waves (38-21), who lost their third straight regional championship.
Drew Storen (4-3) pitched four innings in relief to earn his second win of the regional. Storen gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Scott Alexander (2-3), who walked a batter ahead of Ratliff's grand slam, took the loss.
Florida State 16, Tulane 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tyler Holt went 5-for-6 and Dennis Guinn capped a six-run fourth inning with a three-run double to help the Seminoles eliminate the Green Wave (39-22-1) and advance to a Super Regional for the first time since 2005.
Tulane's Shooter Hunt (9-4) gave up six runs, though only two were earned, on six hits and a run-scoring wild pitch. He was relieved with two outs in the fourth inning.
A fielding error by center fielder Anthony Scelfo with two outs in the inning and the score 2-0 opened the door for Florida State to score on Jack Rye's single and Guinn's bases-clearing double.
Matt Fairel (11-2) allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jason Stidham drove in four runs for the Seminoles (52-11), who will host the Shockers on Friday. The game was delayed 49 minutes by lightning.
Long Beach Regional
Fresno State 5, San Diego 1
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Gavin Hedstrom had three hits to help Fresno State win the Long Beach regional.
Fresno State (40-28), the Western Athletic Conference champions and No. 4 seed, will play Arizona Sate in the first Super Regional in school history next weekend.
San Diego (44-17) was ranked sixth in the nation.
Holden Sprague (4-2) gave up one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings for Fresno State. Brandon Burke came on in relief and earned his 11th save of the year.
Hedstrom hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth off Sammy Solis (3-2) to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
College Station Regional
Texas A&M 13, Houston 5
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Kyle Colligan hit two home runs to lead Texas A&M to the regional title and a game against Rice in the weekend's Super Regional.
Colligan put the Aggies (46-17), up in the first inning with a solo shot, and had a two-run drive during a seven-run second that put Texas A&M up 8-2.
Darby Brown hit a solo shot and a three-run double in the inning.
Rice (45-13) beat A&M in last year's Super Regional, taking two games from the Aggies.
Kyle Thebeau (6-4) allowed two runs on six hits in four innings.
Ty Stuckey (3-4) allowed three hits and four earned runs before he was relieved after failing to record an out in the second inning for Houston (42-24).
Georgia 18, Georgia Tech 6
ATHENS, Ga. -- Matt Olson went 5-for-6 with three RBIs and Rich Poythress hit a two-run homer to help Georgia advance to an NCAA Super Regional.
The Bulldogs (39-22-1) will host North Carolina State, a 2-1 winner Sunday over South Carolina, in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend.
Alex McRee (6-1) entered the game in the first after Bulldogs starter Justin Grimm failed to retire a batter. Pitching the next four full innings, McRee allowed four hits, two runs -- one earned -- with one walk and five strikeouts.
Brandon Cumpton (2-1), the Jackets' second pitcher, allowed five hits, two walks and five runs -- three earned -- with no strikeouts.
Georgia Tech (41-21) ended a difficult year that included the heroin-related death of pitcher Michael Hutts on April 11.
Cal State Fullerton 5, UCLA 4
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Dustin Garneau drove in three runs and pitcher Brian Wilson earned his second victory in four days to lead Cal State Fullerton.
The Titans (41-20), seeded fifth nationally, will host Stanford in the best-of-three Super Regionals starting Friday after eliminating the Bruins (33-27).
Garneau broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, then walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to force Wilson home and give the Titans a 5-3 advantage.
Wilson (3-2), the tournament's most outstanding player, allowed three runs, four hits and a walk during his four innings while striking out three.
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