Texas wins longest game in history
AUSTIN, Texas -- Travis Tucker hit an RBI single with one out in the top of the 25th inning, leading Texas to a 3-2 victory over Boston College on Saturday night in the longest game in NCAA history.
The game eclipsed the previous record of 23 innings, set in 1971 when Louisiana-Lafayette defeated McNeese State 6-5. The game began at 7:02 p.m. EDT Saturday and concluded 7 hours, 3 minutes later at 2:05 a.m. Sunday.
Texas reliever Austin Wood pitched 13 innings, including 12 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a two-out single to Tony Sanchez in the 19th inning.
Texas (43-13-1) scored when Connor Rowe walked to lead off the top of the inning and was sacrificed to second by David Hernandez. Rowe advanced to third on a wild pitch, and Tucker grounded past second base through the drawn-in infield for the record-setting victory over Boston College (34-25).
Tucker's hit came in his NCAA-record 12th at-bat to tie a mark he now shares with teammate Michael Torres, who also batted 12 times.
Texas reliever Austin Dicharry earned his eighth victory by pitching 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out four and allowing one hit.
Woods got one out in the 20th before allowing a single to Barry Butera, then hitting Andrew Lawrence. Woods, who threw 169 pitches, including 120 strikes, was relieved by Dicharry, who retired the next two hitters.
Boston College reliever Mike Belfiore hurled 9 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out 11 before leaving in the 19th.
Boston College used eight pitchers, with Mike Dennhardt (5-2) taking the loss.
Texas scored twice in the second inning when Preston Clark doubled and Kevin Keyes followed with a homer into the left-field bullpen for a 2-0 lead. Keyes added a fourth-inning double before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Belfiore's two-out, run-scoring single brought home Matt Hamlet with Boston College's first run in the bottom of the third inning. The Eagles tied it in the sixth when Hamlet doubled and sacrificed to third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Sanchez.
Boston College will face Army on Sunday in an elimination game, and Texas will play the winner. The Longhorns would win the regional with a victory.
Kansas State 7, Rice 6
A.J. Morris threw a complete game and Justin Bloxom hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as Kansas State beat top-seeded Rice in the Houston regional to end the Owls' streak of 13 consecutive regional victories.
Morris (14-1) threw 144 pitches, including 40 during a four-run rally by the Owls (40-16) in the ninth inning that fell short. He gave up 13 hits, six runs, five earned, two walks and struck out two for Kansas State (43-16-1).
Ryan Berry (7-1) allowed 11 hits and four runs, three earned, in eight innings as Rice's streak, which dated to 2004, ended. The Owls will play in the losers' bracket Sunday against Xavier.
Bloxom hit his third homer of the tournament in the eighth inning to put the Wildcats up 4-3.
Xavier 9, Sam Houston State 6
Jordan Conley had three hits and also pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the win as Xavier beat Sam Houston State in the Houston regional.
Conley (2-1) started at short before coming in as a reliever. Neil Lindgren and Bobby Freking both added homers for Xavier. Lindgren had three hits and two RBIs and Freking drove in three for Xavier (39-20).
Will Skelton (2-3) took the loss, giving up a run and two hits over 3 2/3 innings for the Bearkats (36-24).
Florida State 8, Georgia 2
Freshman Sean Gilmartin pitched a complete game and Jason Stidham had five RBIs in Florida State's victory over Georgia that advanced the Seminoles to the championship round of the Tallahassee regional.
Florida State (44-16) jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Georgia senior Trevor Holder (7-5) settled down in the middle innings, retiring 12 consecutive batters during one stretch. Gilmartin (12-3) allowed two runs on five hits.
"Sean Gilmartin did a great job," said Georgia coach David Perno, whose team homered seven times a day earlier against Ohio State. "He had our number. He did a tremendous job -- a lot of poise for a freshman."
Georgia (38-23) will play Ohio State in an elimination game Sunday. The winner will play Florida State in the finals.
"It was a game that you really wish you could get excited about, but you can't because there's a lot of baseball left to be played," Florida State coach Mike Martin said. "You wish there was a week between games that you could enjoy. But you can't. You've got to be ready to go [Sunday]."
Gilmartin's only blemish came when he missed with an inside fastball to Georgia cleanup hitter Rich Poythress, who hit his 25th homer, a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning.
Ohio State 6, Marist 4
Matt Streng drove in the winning run, Jake Hale picked up his 17th save of the season and Big Ten champion Ohio State avoided elimination with a victory over Marist in the Tallahassee, Fla., regional.
Michael Arp doubled and Streng's sacrifice fly to center broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning. Streng added an RBI single for an insurance run in the eighth inning.
The third-seeded Buckeyes (41-18) improved to 35-1 when leading after seven innings.
Marist (31-28) had tied the game in the top of the sixth on George Agostini's second home run of the season, a solo shot to right. The Red Foxes outhit the Buckeyes 10-7, but were hitless in 3 2/3 innings against relievers Drew Rucinski and Hale.
San Diego State 4, Fresno State 1
Brandon Meredith hit two home runs and Tyler Lavigne pitched into the eighth inning as San Diego State eliminated defending College World Series champion Fresno State in the Irvine, Calif., regional.
Coach Tony Gwynn's Aztecs (41-22) will face the loser of the UC Irvine-Virginia matchup in an elimination game Sunday.
Fresno State's defense of its national title ended in two regional losses as Lavigne limited the Bulldogs (32-30) to just five hits and an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight and walking one. Addison Reed got four outs for his 20th save.
Kenny Wise accounted for Fresno's only run with a fourth-inning triple that scored Brennan Gowens.
Virginia 5, UC Irvine 0
Virginia took advantage of a season-high four errors by UC Irvine and Danny Hultzen limited the top-ranked Anteaters to six singles inthe Irvine, Calif., regional.
Second-seeded Virginia (45-12-1) scored twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth with three errors aiding the Cavaliers.
UC Irvine (44-14), the consensus No. 1 team in the nation entering the NCAA tournament, needs to win twice Sunday and again Monday to advance to the super regionals for the third consecutive season. The Anteaters, who were shut out for the first time this season, will play San Diego State in an elimination game Sunday with the winner facing Virginia in the nightcap.
Hultzen (9-1) struck out four and walking one in 7 1/3 innings.
Utah 11, Georgia Southern 10
Michael Beltran's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning led Utah to a victory over Georgia Southern in an elimination game in the Fullerton, Calif., regional.
Rick Cornu was hit by a pitch with one out in the ninth, took second on a passed ball and scored one out later on Beltran's single to left for Utah (27-30), playing in its first NCAA tournament game since 1960.
Corey Shimada, C.J. Cron and Cooper Blanc homered for the Utes. Ty Wright and Griffin Benedict hit home runs for Georgia Southern (42-17), which made its first tournament appearance in seven years.
Greg Krause (3-4) got the win in relief, while Charles Matthews (2-1) took the loss.
Cal State Fullerton 7, Gonzaga 4
Dustin Garneau had a career-high five hits and Daniel Renken pitched eight strong innings to lead Cal State Fullerton over Gonzaga in the Fullerton, Calif., regional.
Garneau doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and then hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh to give the Titans (44-14) a 6-4 lead.
Renken (10-2) struck out six and walked two as the Titans won their 12th straight home game. Nick Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. Khris Davis homered for Cal State Fullerton.
Steven Ames (8-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs (36-17), who tied it at 4 in the fifth on Anthony Synegald's two-run homer.
North Carolina 14, Coastal Carolina 5
Ben Bunting, Levi Michael and Kyle Seager each drove in three runs to help North Carolina beat Coastal Carolina in the Chapel Hill, N.C., regional.
Dustin Ackley finished 4 for 4 for the host Tar Heels (44-16), who finished with 17 hits. That offset a shaky day from starter Alex White, who allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.
But reliever Colin Bates slowed the Chanticleers (47-15), scattering one hit over 3 1/3 innings.
North Carolina went ahead for good on Bunting's three-run double with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the third inning. Then, after Coastal's Rico Noel and Daniel Bowman hit solo home runs, Seager hit a single to center that pushed the lead back to 8-5 in the fifth.
Kansas 16, Dartmouth 0
Shaeffer Hall threw a complete game while Zac Elgie had a school postseason record six RBIs to help Kansas beat Dartmouth in an elimination game in the Chapel Hill, N.C., regional.
Buck Afenir added a two-run homer in the first inning for the Jayhawks (38-23), who broke the game open with 12 runs in the middle innings. Afenir had three hits, one of five players with multiple hits as Kansas finished with 17.
That was more than enough for Hall, who allowed five hits and no walks while striking out six.
Nick Santomauro had two hits to lead the Big Green (27-18), while Kyle Hendricks took the loss after allowing six hits and seven earned runs in four innings.
Army 7, Texas State 4
Joey Henshaw drove in three runs and Army rallied for a win over second-seeded Texas State in the Austin, Texas, regional.
Henshaw hit a two-run, two-out single and the Black Knights (35-20) took advantage of two errors by the Bobcats to score five runs, four unearned, in the eighth inning. Closer Kevin McKague worked the ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.
Henshaw also tied an Army record with his 12th home run of the season in the third inning. The Black Knights made three errors.
They advance to play Sunday against the loser of the second game between Boston College and top-seeded Texas.
Pete Goldschmidt had two doubles for Texas State (41-17), which scored a run in each of the first, third, sixth and seventh innings.
Louisville 3, Middle Tennessee 2
Jeff Arnold scored the go-ahead run on an errant pickoff throw by the catcher in the top of the ninth inning as top-seeded Louisville rallied to beat No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee in the Louisville, Ky., regional
With Muhammad Ali watching in the stands, the Cardinals (46-15) scored single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Arnold scored from third base after Middle Tennessee catcher Drew Robertson threw away the ball while trying to pick him off. Derek Self (7-0) pitched three perfect innings in relief of starter Dean Kiekhefer.
Coty Woods (4-3), the Sun Belt Conference's save leader, took the loss in relief of Bryce Brentz for the Blue Raiders (44-17).
Vanderbilt 10, Indiana 0
Vanderbilt pitcher Sonny Gray gave up seven hits and struck out 10 as the Commodores beat Indiana in an elimination game in the Louisville, Ky., regional.
Steven Liddle had three hits and three RBIs, while Riley Reynolds also had three hits and scored two runs for third-seeded Vanderbilt (35-26).
Freshman Aaron Westlake, who led the SEC in hitting, added a pair of RBIs and Brian Harris had a solo homer.
Indiana starter Matt Bashore (7-5) gave up eight hits and seven earned runs. The left-hander lasted only 4 1/3 innings.
Kipp Schutz went 3-for-3 for the fourth-seeded Hoosiers, who were making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1996.
Oklahoma State 3, Clemson 2
Neil Medchill hit a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to give Oklahoma State a victory over Clemson in the Clemson, S.C., regional.
Medchill's sharp grounder went off the glove of sprawling first baseman Ben Paulsen, allowing Micheal Dabbs to score from second with the go-ahead run.
Reliever Randy McCurry (4-1) got the Cowboys (34-22) out of an eighth-inning jam and retired Clemson (41-20) in order in the ninth.
Tom Belza and Mark Ginther broke open a scoreless game with back-to-back homers in the seventh off Tigers starter Casey Harman. Ryan Hinson (2-1) took the loss.
Oklahoma State lefty Andrew Oliver took a shutout into the eighth, but the Tigers tied it on RBI singles by Chris Epps and Mike Freeman.
Tennessee Tech 6, Alabama 2
Michael Alcorn scattered nine hits in his third complete game of the season and Tennessee Tech knocked off Alabama in an elimination game in the Clemson, S.C. regional.
Chad Oberacker had three hits for the Golden Eages (31-23-1).
Chad Hayes' two-run single in the second gave Tech an early lead. Alabama pulled to 3-2 with a run in the seventh. The Crimson Tide (37-21) had a chance to tie the game, but Brandon May was thrown out trying to score from second on Del Howell's infield single.
Tennessee Tech put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the inning with the help of a throwing error by Alabama pitcher Adam Morgan (4-2).
Washington State 3, Wichita State 2
Derek Jones and Jared Prince hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to lift Washington State over Wichita State in an elimination game in the Norman, Okla., regional.
The Cougars (32-24) had managed just one hit through the first five innings against Jordan Cooper. They will play another elimination game Sunday afternoon against either Oklahoma or Arkansas.
Wichita State (30-27) got a strong performance from Cooper (8-6), who pitched a complete game, allowing just three hits and tieing his career high with 10 strikeouts.
Chad Arnold (8-3) went 7 1/3 innings for the victory. Two relievers helped the Cougars get out of the eighth and Jeremy Johnson pitched the ninth inning for his 10th save.
Arkansas 17, Oklahoma 6
Zach Cox's three-run homer in the first inning got Arkansas off to a fast start and the Razorbacks cruised by Oklahoma in the Norman, Okla., regional.
Andy Wilkins had four hits, and Ben Tschepikow, Scott Lyons and James McCann had three for the Razorbacks (36-22), who finished with a season-high 20 hits -- eight for extra bases -- against six Oklahoma pitchers.
The top-seeded Sooners (42-19) play Washington State in an elimination game Sunday.
Brett Eibner (5-4) got the victory for the Razorbacks, while Michael Rocha (5-3) failed to get out of the first.
Southern Miss 10, Georgia Tech 7
B.A. Vollmuth homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and Southern Mississippi took advantage of Georgia Tech's worst defensive game of the season to beat the Yellow Jackets in the Atlanta regional.
Georgia Tech (36-18-1) committed a season-high five errors, including three by second baseman Connor Winn, that led to six unearned runs. Luke Murton hit a three-run homer in Georgia Tech's four-run ninth as the Yellow Jackets tried to storm back.
Southern Miss (37-23) has won nine of its last 11 under coach Corky Palmer, who announced in April that he's retiring after the season.
Elon 4, Georgia State 3
Cory Harrilchak hit a go-ahead home run, Jimmy Reyes struck out 14 and Elon edged Georgia State in the Atlanta regional to eliminate the Panthers from their first NCAA tournament.
Reyes (8-0) threw 135 pitches and gave up eight hits and three runs in eight innings while setting his career high for strikeouts.
Elon (41-17) will play the Georgia Tech-Southern Miss loser on Sunday.
Harrilchak's leadoff homer in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie. Bennett Davis, who hit three homers in a 17-15 loss to Southern Miss on Friday, added a two-run homer in Elon's three-run first inning.
Elon's 138 homers lead the NCAA.
Georgia State (39-22) scored two runs in the first on Derek Simmons' homer and Matt Van Horn's run-scoring double.
Florida 8, Miami 2
Stephen Locke pitched 7 1/3 stellar innings, Jonathan Pigott drove in two runs and Florida beat Miami in the Gainesville, Fla., regional.
The Gators (41-20) defeated the Hurricanes (37-21) for just the fourth time in 16 postseason meetings, and this one might have been the biggest of all. After all, Florida is 0 for 10 when grouped in the same region as the four-time national champions.
Now, Miami will play Jacksonville in an elimination game Sunday, with the winner needing to beat the No. 8 national seed Gators twice to advance to the super regional.
Locke deserved most of the credit. The senior left-hander scattered six hits and didn't allow an earned run. He struck out three and walked one, leading Florida to its first postseason win against the Hurricanes since 2003.
Jacksonville 8, Bethune-Cookman 7
Chuck Opachich drove in four runs, the biggest one coming on a solo homer in the eighth, and Jacksonville beat Bethune-Cookman to stave off elimination in the Gainesville, Fla., regional.
Thomas Myers and Alex Martinez had consecutive homers for the Dolphins (37-21), who advanced to play Florida or Miami in Gainesville.
Bethune-Cookman (32-28) tied the game at 7 on Ryan Durrence's two-run single in the seventh, but Opachich's homer put Jacksonville ahead for good. The Wildcats fell to 1-20 in NCAA regional play.
Opachich had a lot to do with the latest loss. He had a sacrifice fly in the second, a two-run double in the third and his second career home run.
Kyle Kriech got his first save by striking out Peter O'Brien with two runners on in the ninth.
Mississippi 7, Western Kentucky 4
Matt Snyder hit a three-run homer, Phil Irwin struck out nine and Mississippi beat Western Kentucky in the Oxford, Miss., regional.
The top-seeded Rebels (42-17) advanced to Sunday's championship game, while Western Kentucky (40-19) falls into a rematch with Missouri in the elimination game.
Snyder's fifth-inning homer gave the Rebels a 5-0 lead after early RBI singles from Zach Miller and Jordan Henry.
The Hilltoppers made a late charge against Irwin (8-3) with a two-run homer from Chad Cregar and a two-RBI single from Matt Rice. They had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning, but Jake Morgan pitched out of trouble for his ninth save.
Shane Cameron (5-2) took the loss for Western Kentucky.
Missouri 9, Monmouth 0
Kyle Gibson struck out eight and allowed six hits in eight strong innings and Missouri eliminated Monmouth in the Oxford, Miss., regional.
Gibson was held out of Friday's opening game in hopes of pitching in a winner's bracket final. Those plans changed when the Tigers (35-26) were beaten 11-5 by Western Kentucky on Friday.
Gibson (11-3) responded by lifting Missouri to the losers' bracket final at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Mississippi-Western Kentucky loser.
Missouri scored three runs in the fifth and seventh innings highlighted by Steve Gray's two-run homer. Kyle Mach was 4 for 5 and Aaron Senne added a solo homer to pace a 15-hit attack by the Tigers.
Ryan Buch (7-4) took the loss for Monmouth (32-25), winless in four regional appearances. The Hawks scored only one run in two tournament games.
Texas A&M 6, Wright State 4 (11)
Joe Patterson's two-run homer in the top of the 11th powered Texas A&M to a win over Wright State in the Fort Worth, Texas, regional.
Patterson also drove in the tying run in the ninth with an RBI single that made it 4-4.
Texas A&M (37-23) trailed most of the game, but stayed close as reliever Kyle Thebeau shut down the Raiders over the final 6 2/3 innings. Thebeau (3-1) allowed five hits and struck out eight in relief of starter Ross Hales.
Wright State (33-30) starter Alex Kaminsky limited Texas A&M to three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Michael Shum, who pitched 4 1/3 innings, took the loss in relief.
TCU 13, Oregon State 1
Kyle Winkler held Oregon State hitless through the first five innings, and TCU used 17 hits to cruise to a victory in the Fort Worth, Texas, regional.
Winkler (7-0) allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, with the first coming on Joey Wong's single up the middle to lead off the sixth.
Every starter for TCU (38-16) had at least one hit and the Horned Frogs broke it open with a seven-run ninth inning.
TCU never trailed Oregon State (36-18) after Chris Ellington's two-run homer in second.
Oregon State scored its lone run in the sixth on Jared Norris' RBI single. Tyler Waldron allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Beavers, who won the CWS in 2006 and '07.
South Carolina 12, East Carolina 2
Justin Dalles hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs, and Blake Cooper pitched a complete game to help South Carolina cruise past East Carolina in the Greenville, N.C., regional.
Dalles and Adam Matthews each had four hits for the Gamecocks (40-21), who scored the first 12 runs on the way to an easy victory against the host Pirates (43-18). South Carolina finished with 17 hits, while Cooper (9-4) allowed just two runs and struck out six despite giving up 14 hits.
Dalles hit a two-run homer in the sixth, then hit his slam in the eighth.
Corey Thompson hit a two-run homer for East Carolina, while Seth Maness (9-2) took the loss after allowing six runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Binghamton 11, George Mason 6
Henry Dunn and Corey Taylor each hit home runs to help Binghamton beat George Mason in an elimination game in the Greenville, N.C., regional.
Jim Calderone had three hits for the Bearcats (30-21), who earned the program's first NCAA tournament victory and set a school single-season record for wins. The victory came just a few hours after Binghamton lost to host East Carolina 11-7 in a rain-delayed game that was scheduled for Friday night.
Jeff Dennis allowed nine hits but held George Mason (42-14) to two runs in five innings.
Taylor's two-run shot gave Binghamton a first-inning lead, while Dunn added a three-run blast in the sixth that pushed the lead to 7-2.
Dan Schafferman had four hits and four RBIs for the Patriots.
LSU 3, Baylor 2
Anthony Ranaudo struck out 14 in nine innings, and Austin Nola hit a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th to lift LSU over Baylor in the Baton Rouge, La., regional.
Ranaudo threw 130 pitches, giving up only three hits and one earned run, and capped his performance by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a 2-2 tie. Tigers closer Matty Ott retired three straight in the bottom of the 10th to wrap up the victory, which sent LSU (48-16) to the regional championship Sunday night.
Jared Mitchell hit a solo home run for LSU in the top of the second. He also walked with one out in the 10th and scored the winning run on Nola's single off Baylor (30-25) reliever Kendal Volz.
Minnesota 11, Southern 8
Justin Gominsky had four hits, scored twice, drove in two runs and added an inning-ending diving catch to help Minnesota stay alive with a victory over Southern in the Baton Rouge, La., regional.
The loss eliminated the Jaguars (30-17). Southern's Jarrett Maloy allowed 11 hits and five runs in six innings.
Gominsky had a triple and a double, the latter scoring two runs in the seventh against reliever Daniel Garcia to give Minnesota (39-18) an 8-3 lead. Southern rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it, but Kyle Knudson's two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth gave the Golden Gophers the lead for good.
Minnesota reliever Scott Fern (3-1) got the win and Scott Matyas earned his 15th save.
Kent State 10, Cal Poly 9
Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer and Jared Humphreys drove in three runs as Kent State held on to beat Cal Poly in an elimination game in the Tempe, Ariz., regional.
Kent State (43-16) led 10-2 going into the ninth, but Cal Poly (37-21) scored seven runs that included Luke Yoder's two-run triple and Adam Buschini's two-run single. D.J. Gentile, who hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh, struck out looking to end the game as David Starn earned the save.
Justin Gill (4-2) got the win in relief, while Cal Poly starter D.J. Mauldin (5-5) took the loss.
Arizona State 4, Oral Roberts 1
Mike Leake struck out 15 in a five-hitter as Arizona State beat Oral Roberts in the Tempe, Ariz., regional.
Leake (15-1) was perfect over the first four innings for the Sun Devils (46-12) until walking two in the fifth, but got Colby Price to hit into an inning-ending double play. In the ninth, Juan Martinez doubled and scored on Michael Notaros' bloop single with two outs before Leake fanned Johnny Roberts to end it.
Mark Serrano (9-1) struck out seven in the first four innings for Oral Roberts (32-14), but allowed run-scoring singles to Johnny Ruettiger in the second and Carlos Ramirez in the third. Serrano allowed four runs on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings, and struck out 13, but walked five.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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