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Tuesday Roundup: Another Wolfpack Collapse

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Rain in Columbia, S.C. yesterday afternoon wiped out one winner-take-all final. Rain in Baton Rouge, La. earlier in the week pushed a Game 7 finale back. And a monsoon in Raleigh, N.C. put a 14-hour hiatus on the drama in the ninth inning.

That just set the stage for a fun, action-packed Tuesday afternoon that began with an epic collapse from North Carolina State for the second year in a row.

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Keep checking back throughout the day as we update who will be the final three teams heading for the super regional round with victories today.

Miss any action this weekend? Here’s our roundups to help you get caught up:

Friday Roundup: West Stands Out

Saturday Roundup: Rolling With Punches

Sunday Roundup: Cards Keep Rolling

Monday Roundup: Winner-Take-All Day

Summaries From All 16

Raleigh Regional

It seemed the baseball gods wanted the sun to be shining on North Carolina State as they were to celebrate a regional championship. But Coastal Carolina had other ideas. With the sun shining for seemingly the first time since the city of Raleigh was created in 1792, North Carolina State suffered a late-inning collapse that will likely hurt even more than last year’s regional meltdown against TCU.

Play resumed with the Wolfpack needing two outs and holding a two-run lead. The bases were loaded for five-hole hitter G.K. Young. He chopped the second pitch of the day to first base, bringing home a Chanticleer run, but bringing NC State one out away. Pinch hitter Tyler Chadwick, who had been sidelined throughout the weekend with an oblique injury, fell behind 0-2 but found reprieve when he was hit in the thigh by a pitch to reload the bases.

Seth Lancaster stepped in and lined a 1-0 pitch to right field where Brock Deatherage eyed a game-ending diving grab to save the day. He laid out and came up with the ball, but only after it clipped the ground before bouncing into his glove. His attempts to show the umpire the ball may have been the split second needed for Zach Remillard to belly flop a slide into home before Andrew Knizner could receive the throw and apply the tag.

Billy Cooke followed with his third hit of the game — an RBI single for an insurance run. Mike Morrison entered and collected his 10th save of the season with a 1-2-3 frame secured by a nice running catch by Cooke.

Evan Mendoza’s two RBIs and Preston Palmeiro’s three hits that were so important Monday night proved a mere footnote to Coastal Carolina’s run through the loser’s bracket to the Raleigh Regional title. With the 7-5 win, the Chanticleers will play the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional. They will either travel to LSU or host Rice in the super regionals.

Columbia Regional

UNC Wilmington ace Ryan Foster was cruising. He retired the first nine batters, needing just 31 pitches. But the second time through the South Carolina lineup proved much different. What had went so well in the first 31 pitches, fell apart in the next 15. South Carolina opened the fourth inning with a pair of singles, took advantage of an error and knocked a pair of two-run singles sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt. That ended Foster’s day, but not the inning as the Gamecocks tallied a fifth run on a safety squeeze.

They added to their lead with two runs in the sixth inning and a long DC Arendas’ home run in the eighth inning. UNC Wilmington showed some life in the eighth inning, scoring four runs against Josh Reagan and Clarke Schmidt. But hopes of a ninth inning comeback quickly deflated when John Jones hit a pinch hit two-run double to boost the Gamecock lead back up to five runs, 10-5. Braden Webb collected the last three outs in his first relief appearance.

Madison Stokes pulled off a three-way trifecta with three hits, three runs and three RBIs. He also was hit by a pitch. Alex Destino had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and a double.

The Gamecocks advance to the super regional round where they will host Oklahoma State, who claimed the Clemson Regional on Sunday with an unblemished record.

Baton Rouge Regional

Rice scored a run in the first and another in the second inning, prompting LSU to turn the ball over to Friday starter Jared Poché on three-days rest. He delivered an exceptional performance. Poché struck out six and allowed one single in six innings of brilliance. After throwing 92 pitches in six innings against Utah Valley to open the Baton Rouge Regional, he needed just 69 (50 strikes) for six innings on Tuesday.

Poché was rolling, but the bats were not…until the seventh inning. Willy Amador faced one over the minimum in the first six innings, but appeared to run out of gas. A walk and a perfect hit and run by Kramer Robertson put runners on the corners. After a sacrifice fly trimmed the Owls lead in half, Greg Deichmann — he of the infamous under-the-bench, inside-the-park grand slam — forever became a mortal enemy to Rice fans. He cranked an 0-1 fastball to centerfield, hitting the centerfield TV camera just to the left of the batter’s eye for a two-run homer. Michael Papierski hit a solo shot the next inning as the Tigers added a little cushion for their 5-2 victory.

The win propels LSU into the super regional round where it will host the victor of the Raleigh Regional, Coastal Carolina.

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