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How The Conferences Fared

SEC: 25-8
ACC: 17-9
Big 12: 10-6
American: 8-5
Pac 12: 9-7
MoValley: 6-6
C-USA: 3-4
Big Ten: 6-9

NCAA Super Regional Matchups

BATON ROUGE: 13 LSU vs. Florida State
CHAPEL HILL: 14 North Carolina vs. Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE: 5 Arkansas vs. 12 Ole Miss
LOS ANGELES: 1 UCLA vs. Michigan
LOUISVILLE: 7 Louisville vs. 10 East Carolina
LUBBOCK: 8 Texas Tech vs. 9 Oklahoma State
NASHVILLE: 2 Vanderbilt vs. Duke
STARKVILLE: 6 Mississippi State vs. 11 Stanford

• Oklahoma State is headed to a Super Regional after beating Connecticut 3-1 at the Oklahoma City Regional. OSU’s Joe Lienhard put together a veteran performance in the win, allowing a run and five hits in six innings, while Peyton Battenfield threw three shutout frames out of the bullpen to preserve the victory. With the win, the Cowboys will now head to Lubbock to face Texas Tech, a team that swept the Pokes in Lubbock earlier this season. But as always, the postseason is a new season and anything could happen. I wouldn’t want to bet against the Pokes.

• Illinois State made things mighty interesting in Louisville with a two-run ninth inning, but Louisville freshman Alex Binelas rose to the occasion in the bottom half of the inning with a walk-off RBI single to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win and yet another super regional appearance. Of course, the Cards now move forward to the super regional round without reliever Michael McAvene, who was ejected for arguing with an umpire over the weekend. U of L’s Nick Bennett tossed two shutout frames to begin the game against the Redbirds, while Bryan Hoeing allowed just a run in five innings. This will be Louisville’s eight trip to the Super Regional round, while Illinois State’s season ends in disappointment, but it was not a disappointing season. Steve Holm’s club caught the nation’s attention and are on the map moving forward.

• You just knew East Carolina would be back after losing the regional opener to Quinnipiac. The Pirates fought valiantly, and it all paid off, as they double dipped Campbell on Monday to advance to the super regional round to face Louisville. ECU’s Gavin Williams allowed a run on three hits in 3.1 innings in the regional finale, while hard-nosed lefty Jake Kuchmaner, the heart and soul of this team, tossed 3.1 crucial shutout innings late to preserve the victory over the Camels. ECU outscored the Camels 22-6 in the two games on Monday and will be a mighty formidable foe for the Cardinals. ECU, of course, is aiming for its first College World Series appearance in school history.

• Michigan is in a Super Regional for the first time since 2007, the year it knocked off Vanderbilt in the Nashville Regional. Erik Bakich was an assistant for Vandy that year. Now, the Wolverines are headed back to the Supers after beating Creighton 17-6, in Corvallis. Michigan struggled on the mound late in the game on Sunday, but that wasn’t the case Monday afternoon, as they stepped up and the offense distances themselves from the Bluejays. Jesse Franklin had a triple, four hits and three RBIs to lead the offensive charge, while Jordan Brewer continued his hot hitting with three hits and two RBIs. The Wolverines were ranked in our Top 25 coming into the season and are more than talented enough to knock off a team like UCLA, even on the road. As for the Bluejays, a magical and consistent campaign comes to an end. Kudos to Ed Servais, his staff and players for having such a strong season.

• It’s never easy to win in the postseason and UCLA found that out the hard way at the Los Angeles Regional, losing the second game of the regional on Saturday to Loyola Marymount before rallying back to win three straight games, including two over those hard-nosed Lions. UCLA won 6-3 late Monday night, as Ryan Garcia tossed two shutout innings out of the pen and Holden Powell earned his 17th save of the season. Chase Strumpf, who had a big day with the MLB draft, also had a massive day, going 2-for-3 with a home run, while Ryan Kreidler chipped in a three-hit performance. UCLA will make its fifth NCAA Super Regional appearance and continues to try to be the first team since 1999 Miami to win the national title as the top overall seed.

• It was sweet redemption for Stanford. The Cardinal hosted the Stanford Regional last season but was left heartbroken thanks to Cal State Fullerton. Well, this go-round, the Cardinal dropped the second game of the regional to Fresno State before battling back to beat the Bulldogs twice to advance. Maverick Handley had a massive night with two home runs to lead the offensive charge, while righthander Brendan Beck tossed 3.1 shutout frames out of the pen. Stanford is making its 10th NCAA Super Regional appearance, and the first since 2014.


Monday Starts Above


12:30 AM CT

Sunday Final Thoughts

Some of the Super Regional pairings are set. Here is where we are heading into Monday.

  • UCLA or LMU vs/at Michigan/Creighton
  • Oklahoma State/Connecticut at Texas Tech
  • Florida State at LSU
  • Ole Miss at Arkansas
  • Duke at Vanderbilt
  • East Carolina/Campbell at/vs Louisville/Illinois State
  • Auburn at North Carolina
  • Stanford/Fresno State at Mississippi State

The SEC had a nice weekend going 25-8 with six Regional champions and every team except Florida playing for a regional title and every team except Georgia playing to their seed.

The ACC went 16-9 with three regional titles and one more team playing for one on Monday. They had a pair of three-seeds win Regionals.

The Missouri Valley Conference had a great showing at 6-3 with Illinois State still alive on Monday.

The Pac 12 is 7-8 with UCLA and Stanford still playing.

The Big 12 started strong but sits at 8-7 with Oklahoma State still playing. Texas Tech did win the Lubbock Regional.

Sunday was a day of huge comebacks with Texas A&M stunning West Virginia on a walkoff grand slam and Southern Miss surging from an eight run deficit to walkoff Arizona State.

League# of TeamsWLFriday Saturday Sunday
SEC10258W CCar; W Southern, W CCSU, L Duke, W Mercer, W StonyBrook, W Oh St, W JaxSt, L DBU, L Liberty, W UNCW, W Army, W Fordhm; W GaTech, L FSU, W Clem, W Cmich, W USM, W TCU, W ISU, W FAU, W Lib, L DBU, W Wva, L FSU, L UNC, L Duke, W GT, W Jax St, W USM, W Ind St, W TCU, W MIA
ACC8169W FAU, W TA&M, W Ill, W UNCW, W UIC, W FAMU, L CMU, L Camp, W Southern, L Ill St, W Lib, L Aub; W Wva, W Ga, L OM, L ECU, W Ccar, W Ind, W CMU, L Jax St, W UGA, W Tenn, W A&M, L Aub, L MISS ST 
Pac 12578L USM, W Sac St, L TCU, W Omaha, L Cincy, L CCSU, W StonyBrk, L Creigh, L FresST, L LMU, W Bay, W Sac St, L USM, W Fresno, W LMU
Big 12587L LMU, W Army, W Harv, W Cal, W Fordham, W Omaha, W DBU, L Duke, L Ark, W Neb, W CCSU, L A&M, L Bay, L UCOnn, L Ark
Big 10559W Conn, L Ill St, W Creigh, L Clem, L Vandy, W CCSU, L JaxSt, W Mcneese, L OkSt, W Cincy, L Uconn, L Lville, L Ind St, L Creigh
American364L Neb, W Oreg St, W Harv, L Quin, L Mich, W NC ST, W Neb, L Creigh, W Ok St, W Quinn
MVC363W McNeese, W Indiana, W Fla, W Lville, L TexTech, L Vandy, W Oh St, W Fla, L Vandy
CUSA234L FSU, W Ariz St, W Mercer, L LSU, L Uga, W Ariz St, L LSU
Mt West121W UCSB, W Stan, L Stan
Big West12L Fres St, L Sac St
Sun Belt112L Aub, W FAMU, L GT
Big East131L Mich, W OregSt, W Cincy, W Mich
A-Sun112W Tenn, L UNC, L Tenn
SLC12L ISU, L OhSt
So Con12W NC St, W Quinn
Big South12L UGA, L FAU
WCC121W Bay, W UCLA, L UCLA
CAA12L UNC, L Tenn
OVC122L OM, W Ill, W Clem, L OM
WAC112L Stan, W UCSB, L Stan
MAC112W Miami, L Miss St, L Miami
A East12L LSU, L ArizSt
A1012L Wva, L TAM
Summit12L UCLA, L Bay
MAAC112W ECU, L Camp, L ECU
MEAC12L GT, L CCAR
Ivy12L Okla St, L Conn
Patriot12L Ttech, L Fla
Horizon12L Lville, L Ind
SWAC12L Miss St, L Miami
NEC112L Ark, W Cal, L TCU

 


12:15 AM CT

All Final For Sunday

Creighton forced a winner take all final in Corvallis with a furious comeback 11-7 victory over Michigan. The Blue Jays scored scored nine runs in the final two innings including seven in the ninth. Parker Upston and Will Hanafan with homered while Hanafan had three hits. Jimmy Kerr had a pair of home runs and four RBI’s for Michigan. The teams meet again Monday.

Stanford survived to force a winner take all game Monday with a 8-6 victory over Fresno State. Tim Tawa led the Cardinal with three hits while pitcher Erik Miller struck out 12 in a 5.2 inning start. Jack Little added in five more strikeouts in his three inning relief stint. The teams square off again Monday at 10 PM ET.


11:55 PM CT

Regional Champs

Mississippi State won the Starkville Regional 5-2 over Miami and will play at home next week against the winner of the Stanford Regional. Jake Mangum broke out of a postseason hitting slump with three hits and Jordan. Westburg added another couple of hits as the Bulldogs completed won the regional title. Raymond Gil homered for the Hurricanes who saw their season end tonight.

East Carolina advanced to the Greenville Regional final with a 13-3 victory over a Quinnipiac team that defeated them Saturday. Alec Burleson went 3-for-3 and Bryant Packard, Jake Washer and Bryson Worrell all homered for the Pirates. Andre Marrero had three hits in a losing effort for the Bobcats. East Carolina will face Campbell Monday and need to beat them twice to advance.

Arkansas won the Fayetteville Regional with a 6-0 victory over TCU. The Razorbacks allowed only two earned run ion three games this weekend. Patrick Wicklander (5 IP), Cody Scroggins (2.2 IP), and Jacob Kostyshock (1.1 IP) combined on today’s shutout. Matt Goodheart went 3-4 with a home run to lead the Arkansas lineup. Zach Humphreys had two of TCU’s five hits.

UCLA defeated LMU 6-1 to force a final game Monday evening. Jack Stronach went 3-for-4 while Chase Strumpf, Michael Toglia and Jeremy Ydens all homered for the Bruins. Nick Nastrini combined with Nate Hadley and Holden Powell to limit LMU to five hits. The team will meet at 10 PM ET Monday to decide who advances to the Super Regionals.

Vanderbilt won the Nashville Regional over Indiana State 12-1. The Commodores scored ten runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to stretch out a close game. Julian Infante had a pair of home runs while Philip Clarke homered and Ty Duval hit a grand slam. Pat DeMarco added three hits. Mason Hickman started and pitched seven strong innings with nine strikeouts and three hits allowed. Roby Enriguez had a homer for Indiana State.

LSU won the Baton Rouge Regional taking a 6-4 decision over Southern Miss. Josh Smith had a homer,  a triple and three RBI’s to lead the LSU offense. Gabe Montenegro had a pair of hits including a homer for USM, who got a strong surprise six inning start from Josh Lewis before LSU scored three in the seventh for the winning margin.

Ole Miss won the Oxford Regional with a 19-3 victory over upstart four seed Jacksonville State. Thomas Dillard hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven. Cole Zabowski went 4-for-5 and Anthony Servideo added a home run.


 

10:20 PM CT

Auburn Goes Back To Back

Searching deep into their pitching staff, Auburn went to Bailey Horn. The freshman pitched well in a relief effort in the SEC Tournament last week. He did even better Sunday with six innings of two-hit, shutout ball, especially considering he has a rain delay in the middle. Cody Greenhill worked the final three innings to cap the 4-1 victory over Georgia Tech, the second consecutive regional title for Auburn. Georgia Tech’s vaunted offense was held to three hits, one leaving the yard by Tristan English. Auburn is matched with North Carolina in the Supers.

 


9:15 PM CT

Heels, Raiders Advance

North Carolina wins the Chapel Hill Regional behind a strong pitching effort from Austin Bergner. The starter struck out eight in seven innings of four hit ball in the 5-2 victory over Tennessee. Aaron Sabato led the Heels with a pair of hits.

Texas Tech wins the Lubbock Regional with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Baptist. Bryce Bonnin went seven innings with only three hits and struck out seven. John McMillon struck out five to work the final two innings and complete the shutout. Cameron Warren had another home run to led the Red Raider offense.

Jake Snyder had three hits with a home run as his Louisville club beat Illinois State 11-2 to force a winner take all final Monday set tentatively for 1 pm ET Monday. Luke Smith threw 8.1 in a strong start allowing only three hits.

 


8:30 CT

Advancing to Monday

Connecticut is heating up. Hot enough to slow down fellow surging squad Oklahoma State. The Huskies beat the Cowboys 5-2 to force a winner take all regional final Monday. Anthony Prato hit another home run and four UConn hurlers held OSU to six hits.  The final game is tentatively scheduled for 6 PM CT Monday.


8 PM CT

Martin’s Buzzsaw

Florida State stormed through the Athens Regional like a buzzsaw finishing Georgia with a 10-1 victory. The Seminoles advance to the Super Regionals after being one of the final teams selected to the field of 64. In case you have been hiding in a cave this week, this is legendary Florida State coach Mike Martin’s final season making this weekend’s performance even more legendary. The Seminoles pounded FAU 13-7 and Georgia 12-3 and 10-1. Add in their final ACC Tournament 11-0 victory over NC State and it appears the Seminoles are on quite the role.

To capture the title, Reese Albert had a homer and three RBI’s while Conor Grady logged seven quality innings to put the Bulldogs away. This is the second consecutive season Georgia has been a top eight national seed and lost a home regional.


7 PM

Camels Walk Off

Number 3 seed Campbell advanced to the winner’s bracket in Greenville with a 9-8 walkoff victory over number 4 seed Quinnipiac in Greenville. The Camels trailed 8-7 entering the ninth but scored two, the final coming on a sac fly to deep center. Campbell had home runs by Matthew Barefoot, Collin Wolf and Koby Collins. Colton Bender went 4-for-5 for the Bobcats who now face East Carolina later tonight.


6:30 PM CT

Another Historic Comeback

Southern Miss trailed 10-2 and looked dead in the water. They trailed 12-5 in the eighth and appeared to playing out the season. Instead, the Golden Eagles scored three in the eighth and four in the ninth for an improbable 13-12 walkoff victory over Arizona State. Gabe Montenegro got the game-winning two-RBI single to end it. He went 5-for-6 in the game. Bryant Bowen went 4-for-5 and Matthew Guidry and Matt Wallner added home runs. Spencer Torkelson went 3-for-4 with a home run for the Sun Devils. Like Lin also had three hits. Southern Miss now faces LSU in the regional final.


6:20 CT PM

More Teams Reach Finals

Miami got a measure of payback with an 18-3 bludgeoning of Central Michigan, a team that beat them Friday. Alex Toral went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs. Anthony Vilar had three hits including a homer, Adrian Del Castillo, Raymond Gil and Gabe Rivera all homered as well. Brian Van Belle gave the Hurricanes a solid, eight inning start. The Canes now move on to face Mississippi State.

Indiana State used a four run sixth inning to beat Ohio State 10-5. The Sycamore now move on to face Vanderbilt later tonight. Clay Duncan went 3-for-5 and Joe Boyle homered in the win. Dillon Dingler, Brady Cherry and Conner Pohl all had three hits for the Buckeyes with Pohl adding a homer.

Dallas Baptist held off Florida 9-8 to advance to finals of the Lubbock Regional. Jimmy Glowenke went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s. Bryce Ball and Andres Sosa also homered for the Patriots. Austin Langworthy and Will Dalton homered for the Gators, who saw a disappointing season end. DBU now faces Texas Tech tonight.

Jacksonville State defeated Clemson 9-2 to advance to the Oxford Regional final. Last season fellow OVC member Tennessee Tech made the Oxford Regional final and beat Ole Miss to take the crown. Tre Kirklin had a homer and four RBI’s to lead the Gamecock offense. Bryar Hawkins went 3-for-3 for Clemson as their season comes to a close.

TCU defeated Central Connecticut State 9-5 to advance to the Fayetteville Regional final against Arkansas. Jake Guenther and Josh Watson had three hits each while Hunter Wolfe joined the pair with home runs. Buddy Dewaine led CCSU with three hits and Peyton Stephens homered.

 


5:20 PM CT

What A Moment

Trailing 9-1, West Virginia was cruising over Texas A&M. The Aggie offense was struggling and it appeared the Mountaineers would be the team facing Duke later tonight. Texas A&M showed life with a six run sixth inning that was highlighted by Logan Foster’s grand slam. Then West Virginia added a run and led 10-7 in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded and a full count to Bryce Blaum, lightning struck again. Blaum blasted the ball over the left field wall to give A&M the 11-10 victory. Ivan Gonzalez and Kevin Brophy each had three hits for West Virginia. Paul McIntosh and Brophy added homers.


5:10 PM CT

Here Come The Bruins

After their shocking loss to LMU last night, some wondered if UCLA might have a bit of a lethargy in today’s semi-final against Baylor. Unfortunately for the Bears, there was no such malaise. The Bruins smacked four home runs in an 11-6 victory. Ryan Kreidler, Jake Pries, Michael Toglia, and Noah Cardenas all went yard while Garrett Mitchell chipped a pair of triples. UCLA advances for a rematch with LMU later tonight.

Ben Dotzler turned in seven strong innings to lift Creighton to a 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. Jordan Hovey had three hits while Will Robertson added a home run as the Blue Jays advance to the final for a rematch with Michigan. Jeremy Johnson had three hits for Cincinnati.

Stanford cruised past Sacramento State 12-3 to advance to the finals against Fresno State. Alex Williams gave them a complete game effort to help their run through the loser’s bracket. The Cardinal offense had four home runs with Kyle Stowers, Brandon Wulff,


3:45 PM CT

Vols Survive Flames

Tennessee defeated Liberty 6-5 in a wild, ten inning affair. The Vols’ season appeared over as Liberty loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Volunteer pitcher Redmond Walsh had just hit a batter to force in the tying run. All appeared lost. However, Will Wagner lined out to first baseman Pete Derkay and then Cam Locklear tapped into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat and force extras. In the tenth, Tennessee took advantage of a two-out Liberty throwing error to extend the inning before Jake Rucker got an RBI single to give the Vols the 6-5 lead that would be the final margin.

Andre Lipcius went 3-5 with a home run to lead the Vol batters. Tyler Galazin’s three hits paced the Liberty lineup. Tennessee now advances to face North Carolina in the regional final.

Georgia Tech won a wild contest 10-8 over Coastal Carolina to advance to the regional final against Auburn. The Yellow Jackets trailed 7-2 before scoring two in the sixth and five in the seventh to erase the deficit. Luke Waddell went 4-for-5, Tristan English had three hits (and pitched three scoreless innings) and Kyle McCann had a pair of hits and 4 RBI’s. Zach Biermann went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s to lead the Chants.

Greenville Regional top seed East Carolina eliminated two-seed North Carolina State 9-2. The Pirates used a six run third inning and cruised behind starter Jake Agnos. Agnos went eight innings and allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out nine. Jake Washer had two hits, a home run and three RBI’s. The Pirates now faces the loser of today’s Campbell versus Quinnipiac contest.

Louisville advanced to the regional final with a 9-7 victory over Indiana. The Cardinals jumped out to 7-0 lead and held on from there. Alex Binelas had two hits and drove in four runs, including a home run. For Indiana, Scotty Bradley homered while Drew Ashley had two hits and a triple. Louisville now faces Illinois State and will have to defeat them twice.

Connecticut advanced to the regional final in Oklahoma City with a 16-1 win over Nebraska. The Huskies scored eleven runs in the final two innings. Michael Woodworth went 5-7 while Anthony Prato and Christian Fedko had three hits each. Colby Dunlap worked eight strong innings to save the UConn bullpen. Connecticut now faces Oklahoma State.


2:00 PM CT

Bulldogs Aiming To Stay

Georgia advanced to the regional final against Florida State with a 13-0 victory over FAU. UGa coach Scott Stricklin opted to start Tim Elliott and that move paid off beautifully. Elliott stepped forward with a complete game, two-hit, shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks. The complete game saved the Georgia bullpen which is huge, considering they have to defeat Florida State twice to advance. The Bulldog offense was led by Aaron Schunk’s two home runs – one a grand slam and six RBI’s. Cam Shepherd had three hits including a home run. Connor Tate and John Cable also homered. With the loss, Florida Atlantic is eliminated.


Sunday 10 AM CT

Loser’s Bracket Probabilities

Last year, Tennessee Tech won three in a row and Mississippi State and Duke won four in a row for regional titles. None were hosts.

In 2017, Mississippi State and Florida State (host) each won four in a row. Kentucky (host), Sam Houston State and Long Beach State (host) each won three in a row.

In 2016, Arizona won three in a row. South Carolina (top seed and host) won four in a row.

In 2015, TCU and Texas A&M won three in a row. Both were top seeds and hosts.

In 2014, Stanford and Houston won three in a row. UL Lafayette (top seed host) won four in a row.

In summary, during the last five years, 11 teams have won three games in a row to win a regional. Three were top seed hosts. Five teams have won four games in a row to win a regional. Three of them were top seed hosts,

So out of 80 regionals where someone could come back after losing Friday or Saturday, 16 have. That’s 20%.

How many times was the top seed in the Sunday loser’s bracket

  • 2018: 5
  • 2017: 8
  • 2016: 4
  • 2015: 6
  • 2014: 6

This only counts top seeds active on Sunday, i.e. didn’t go two-and-cue.


Sunday Starts Here


1 AM CT

Saturday Final Thoughts

Where Friday’s theme centered about number 2 seeds losing, Saturday saw top seeds falling. Georgia, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA all lost and Oklahoma State needed a miracle comeback.

The Pac 12 is having a rough tournament going 3-7 with all three wins coming against number 4 seeds. All three of their hosts have lost and Oregon State has been eliminated.

The SEC is 16-4 and have six of their ten teams still undefeated. The Big 12 is also doing well at 7-3 with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State undefeated.

Certainly, plenty of these top seeds have the firepower to push their way back through the loser’s bracket. For example, UCLA has lost so few games this season. They are certainly capable of winning three in a row.

Based on the winner’s bracket, here would be the super Regional pairings:

  • Loyola Marymount at Michigan
  • Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
  • Florida State at LSU
  • Ole Miss at Arkansas
  • Duke at Vanderbilt
  • Campbell/Quinnipiac at Illinois State
  • Auburn at North Carolina
  • Fresno State at Mississippi State

 

League# of TeamsWLFriday and Saturday
SEC10164W CCar; W Southern, W CCSU, L Duke,

W Mercer, W StonyBrook, W Oh St,

W JaxSt, L DBU, L Liberty, W UNCW,

W Army, W Fordhm; W GaTech, L FSU,

W Clem, W Cmich, W USM, W TCU, W ISU

ACC8106W FAU, W TA&M, W Ill, W UNCW, W UIC,

W FAMU, L CMU, L Camp, W Southern, L Ill St,

W Lib, L Aub; W Wva, W Ga, L OM

Pac 12537L USM, W Sac St, L TCU, W Omaha, L Cincy, L CCSU,

W StonyBrk, L Creigh, L FresST, L LMU

Big 12573L LMU, W Army, W Harv, W Cal, W Fordham, W Omaha,

W DBU, L Duke, L Ark, W Neb

Big 10555W Conn, L Ill St, W Creigh, L Clem, L Vandy, W CCSU,

L JaxSt, W Mcneese, L OkSt, W Cincy

American323L Neb, W Oreg St, W Harv, L Quin, L Mich
MVC342W McNeese, W Indiana, W Fla, W Lville, L TexTech, L Vandy
CUSA222L FSU, W Ariz St, W Mercer, L LSU
Mt West12W UCSB, W Stan
Big West12L Fres St, L Sac St
Sun Belt111L Aub, W FAMU
Big East111L Mich, W OregSt
A-Sun111W Tenn, L UNC
SLC12L ISU, L OhSt
So Con11W NC St
Big South12L UGA, L FAU
WCC12W Bay, W UCLA
CAA12L UNC, L Tenn
OVC111L OM, W Ill
WAC111L Stan, W UCSB
MAC111W Miami, L Miss St
A East12L LSU, L ArizSt
A1012L Wva, L TAM
Summit12L UCLA, L Bay
MAAC11W ECU
MEAC12L GT, L CCAR
Ivy12L Okla St, L Conn
Patriot12L Ttech, L Fla
Horizon12L Lville, L Ind
SWAC12L Miss St, L Miami
NEC111L Ark, W Cal

12:55 AM CT

Down Go The Bruins

UCLA also lost in what was a brutal evening for favorites. Loyola Marymount knocked them off 3-2. Nick Sogard and Cooper Uhl led the Lions with two hits each. Josh Agnew started and logged 6.2 innings. Nick Frasso worked the final two frames for the save. Noah Cardenas had two of the UCLA’s seven hits. UCLA now must face Baylor in an elimination game Sunday. LMU gets the winner.

Michigan advanced to the Corvallis Regional final with a 10-4 victory over Cincinnati. Jordan Nwogu and Jimmy Kerr while Blake Nelson pitched in three hits. Jeff Criswell got the victory with 7.2 innings of work. Jace Mercer had three hits for the Bearcats while Eric Santiago had three RBI’s. Cincinnati now takes on Creighton while Michigan sits back to wait on the winner.


12:25 AM CT

Another One Falls

Another number one seed lost as Stanford dropped a 7-2 decision to Fresno State. The Bulldogs got three hits and three RBI’s from Emilio Nogales and a home run from Nolan Dempsey to lead the lineup. Davis More started and worked 6.2 innings. He allowed only two hits, one run and struck out eight. Kyke Stowers had two of the Stanford’s four hits. The Cardinal will now face Sacramento State Sunday and if the winner gets a shot at Fresno State.


Saturday 11:55 PM CT

Boone Bomb Lifts Pokes

Trevor Boone hit a three-run home run to cap a four-run ninth inning as Oklahoma State came from behind to beat Nebraska 6-5 in Oklahoma City. Nebraska led 5-0, 5-1, and 5-2 into the ninth before Boone’s heroics. Carson McCusker added a home run for Oklahoma State. Jake Lyons was the bullpen story with six innings of long relief.  Aaron Palinsky had a three-run bomb for the Huskers. Nebraska will now face UConn while Oklahoma State awaits the winner.

 


 

10:05 PM CT

Home Teams Take Care Of Business

Arkansas rode starting pitcher Isaiah Campbell to a 3-1 victory over TCU. The Razorback pitcher went eight innings and allowed only four hits, one run and struck out eight. Trevor Ezell went 4-5 with three doubles and Casey Opitz had a pair of RBI’s in the win. TCU ace Nick Lodolo lasted five innings and allowed one unearned run, four hits and four walks. TCU now faces CCSU. Arkansas is now in the finals awaiting the winner.

Mississippi State snapped Central Michigan’s nineteen game winning streak 7-2. Ethan Small struck out ten in his six inning start. Tanner Allen went 4-for-5 with a home run. Josh Hatcher went 3-for-4 in MSU’s 16-hit attack. CMU scored on the two-run homer by Jason Sullivan. The Chippewas now face Miami. The winner gets Mississippi State.

Ole Miss hit three home runs in a 6-1 victory over Clemson. Cole Zabowski, Cooper Johnson and Kevin Graham had the three long balls while Rebel starter Doug Nikhazy logged eight innings of four-hit ball with nine strikeouts. The Tigers now face Jacksonville State with the Rebels sitting and waiting on the winner.

LSU scored late to break open a tie game and beat Southern Miss 8-4 to advance to the regional finals. Cole Henry allowed only two hits and no runs in his five inning start. Zach Hess worked three innings to pick up the win. Cade Beloso and Zach Watson homered for LSU. USM scored its runs on a grand slam by Matthew Guidry. Southern Miss now faces Arizona State. LSU awaits.

Vanderbilt defeated Indiana State 8-5 to advance to the regional final. The Commodores lead 4-1 until the ninth when both teams had four run innings. Kumar Rocker struck out eight in 6.2 innings. He allowed seven hits and one run. Julian Infante went 3-4 to lead the Vandy lineup. C.J. Huntley had three hits for the Sycamores. ISU now faces Ohio State for a chance to face Vandy again.


9:30 PM CT

More Upsets Including Drama In Atlanta

Down to their final strike in the bottom of the ninth inning, Steven Williams hit a three-run home run to lift Auburn to a 6-5 victory over top seed and host Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets scored five uncontested after an early Tiger run and appeared to be cruising towards the regional final. Instead, Williams got the clutch hit to cap a four run ninth inning. Ryan Bliss had a first inning homer to give the Two tigers an early lead.

Auburn started their ace Tanner Burns who has been limited late in the season. Burns battled but lasted only three innings due to some tough breaks. He allowed five runs but only one was earned. The unsung hero was reliever Richard Fitts who logged six scoreless innings. Georgia Tech’s Tristan English went 3-for-3. Yellow Jacket starter Connor Thomas went the distance and took the loss but only one of his six runs allowed was earned. Now Georgia Tech will face Coastal Carolina for a chance to see Auburn in the regional final.

Over in Athens, another top seed fell as Florida State jumped all over Georgia winning 12-2. The Seminoles chased Bulldog ace Emerson Hancock after four innings with nine hits and five runs. FSU had fifteen hits and three home runs. Mike Salvatore had three hits including one of those home runs. Carter Smith and Tim Becker had the other two. Nander De Sadas added three more hits. C.J. Van Eyck struck out nine in eight innings to get the win. The one bright spot for Georgia was leadoff man Tucker Maxwell who went 3-4 with a home run and a triple. Georgia now faces FAU for a chance to face Florida State again.

Duke pulled off their second upset in as many days as they knocked off host and top-seed West Virginia 4-0. Blue Devil starter Bryce Jarvis stole the show from Mountaineer ace Alek Monoah. The Duke pitcher struck out 11 in his eight innings of six-hit, shutout ball. Duke managed just four hits but had two-run innings in both the first and the third. Monoah allowed four hits and four runs in his six inning stint. Darius Hill led WVU with three hits. West Virginia now faces Texas A&M in a semi-final game. The winner faces Duke.


8:55 PM CT

ECU Falls

Another one seed fell as East Carolina lost 5-4 to four-seed Quinnipiac. This was the opener for both clubs after rain delayed much of this regional. The Greenville Regional has been upside down as both #2 seed NC State and now top seed East Carolina lost their opener and will meet in an elimination game Sunday. Quinnipiac will face number 3 seed Campbell in the winner’s bracket.

Evan Vulgamore led the upset effort with a home run and a triple. Chris Enns and Colin Donnelly combined on the mound to keep the Pirates at bay. Bryant Packard went 3-5 to lead the ECU offense.


7:59 PM CT

Finals Clinched

Texas Tech scored three runs in the second inning and made it hold up in a 3-2 winner’s bracket win over Dallas Baptist. Caleb Kilian started and 4.2 innings and Taylor Floyd took it from there with 4.1 hitless frames. Cameron Warren homered for the Red Raiders. DBU will now face Florida. The winners gets the chance to beat Texas Tech twice.

North Carolina has found their groove. After winning the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels caught some good fortune to beat UNCW Friday. They didn’t need any luck Saturday with a 16-1 victory over Liberty to advance to the regional final. They had 16 hits with five of them leading the yard. Dylan Harris had three hits while Ashton McGee drove in four runs. Seven UNC pitchers combined to hold Liberty to six hits. Liberty now faces Tennessee. The Heels get the winner.

 


7:20 PM CT

Champs Fall

We will have a new national champion as Oregon State fell in an elimination game to Creighton 4-1 today. The Beavers could manage only four hits in the game – two each by Alex McGarry and Zak Taylor. Issac Collins led the Blue Jays with a home run and triple while pitchers Evan Johnson and John Sakowski combined handcuffed the OSU bats. Creighton moves on to face the loser of tonight’s Michigan and Cincinnati game.

At the Sunken Diamond, Sacramento State eliminated UCSB with a 6-4 victory. Mar Vincilli-Simard homered while Bronson Grubbs had three hits and three RBI’s to lead a 13-hit attack. Sacramento State will face the loser of tonight’s Stanford versus Fresno State game.

Baylor staved off elimination with a bludgeoning of Omaha 24-6. Shea Langeliers went 5-6 with three home runs and 11 RBI’s. John Bissonnette added four hits and home run in the 23 hit attack. Andy Thomas went 3-4 with a home run and 4 RBI’s as well. Baylor will face the loser of the UCLA / LMU game.

Connecticut defeated Harvard 10-2 in the elimination game in Stillwater. The Huskies had 17 hits with Anthony Prato and Thad Phillips getting three apiece. Chris Winkel had two hits and three RBI’s. UConn will face the loser of the Oklahoma State / Nebraska game.


Saturday 5:45 PM CT

MVC Showing Off

Third-seeded Illinois State just advanced to the Louisville Regional final with a 4-2 victory over top seed and host Louisville. The Redbirds rode Matt Walker for nine innings as he scattered six hits to allow just two runs. ISU won despite only getting three hits. Cardinals’ starter Reid Detmers was solid in his seven inning start with 11 strikeouts and three hits allowed. Jeremy Gaines had a pinch-hit two-RBI double for the Redbirds. Louisville now faces Indiana for the right to beat Illinois State twice.


Saturday 5 PM CT

Buckeyes Outlast Cowboys

We have another four-seed with a victory, the third of the day and fourth of the tournament. Ohio State beat McNeese 9-8 in thirteen innings. Brady Cherry had three hits and a homer while Dominic Canzone and Zach Dezenzo also homered for the Buckeyes. Reliever Andrew Magno logged 7.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and only five hits allowed to get the win. Peyton Hardin led McNeese with three hits while Peyton McLemore was the tough-luck loser with five strong innings of two-hit ball. The Buckeyes now await the loser of the Vanderbilt versus Indiana State game.

Texas A&M defeated Fordham behind Asa Lacy’s seven strong innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Hunter Coleman had three hits, two homers and five RBI’s while Ty Coleman and Bryce Blaum also homered in the win. The Aggies face the loser of the Duke versus West Virginia contest.


Saturday 4:45 PM CT

Managing Pitching In Loser’s Bracket

There’s always an opportunity for debate after losing the opening game, especially as a team with pitching options. Texas A&M certainly meets that description. Aggie coach Rob Childress had to decide how he would structure his pitching after losing Friday to Duke.

One chain of thought focuses on doing everything in your power to make sure you win the next game. The thought there is each subsequent game is an elimination game. Saving a top pitcher could risk you being eliminated with the your best remaining pitcher unused. Win today. We’ll worry about the next game if we win our way there.

The other way to view this is to win the tournament championship, you now have to win the next four games (one Saturday, two Sunday, one Monday). To do that, there may be a strategy to try to beat an overmatched opponent in the loser’s bracket with a down-the-staff pitcher, saving your best remaining pitchers for a more difficult opponent later. The problem is you will never play those more challenging teams should you lose prior to the matchup.

Some coaches feel their only goal is to win the regional, that finishing second, third or fourth is the same since they didn’t win the final game.

Childress started Asa Lacy against Fordham and his Aggies won 11-2. Lacy is a probable high number one draft pick in 2020 and one of the more talented arms in the tournament. He went seven innings and allowed just three hits and one run. His extended outing likely puts him out for the rest of the regional. The Aggies had been struggling offensively. They lost a pair of games in the SEC Tournament where they did not score a run. It isn’t a leap of logic to think their offensive woes would continue against Fordham.

Childress shot his Lacy bullet against Fordham. They do have more arms available for the Duke/West Virginia loser and then should they prevail, a matchup with the winner. In hindsight, the offense could have carried them allowing Lacy to throw the next game.

In this case, Childress making sure his pitching carried him instead of relying on an inconsistent offense was the safe play. If A&M gets offensive production like they did against Fordham where they got thirteen hits including four home runs, they can make a run regardless of who is on the mound. Their pitching depth stacks up pretty well with either West Virginia or Duke.

I would have thrown my ace, made sure my offense didn’t let me down again and give myself the best chance to stay alive. I might have thought different had A&M featured a powerful offense.

What would you have done?


Saturday 4:15 PM CT

Surviving To Sunday

We had another four seed survive as OVC champion Jacksonville State defeated number 2 seed Illinois 7-5. Nic Gaddis and Alex Strachan each homered and Gamecock starter Isaiah Magwood pitched around six walks to allow only two hits and three runs in 5.2 innings. The Illini offense was led by Kellen Sarver and Jeff Korte who each homered. JSU now faces the loser of Clemson and Ole Miss.

Florida bounced back after Friday’s difficult loss with a 13-5 win over Army. The Gators hit four home runs with Kendrick Calilao leading the way with three hits, five RBI’s and a dinger. Jonah Girand, Austin Langworthy and Roberto Pena also homered. UF starter Jack Leftwitch was impressive as he allowed just one hit and one run in seven innings. Army’s Josh White hit a home run for one of the Cadets’ six hits. The Gators will face the loser of the Texas Tech and Dallas Baptist contest.

Miami stayed alive with a 12-2 victory over Southern. Adrian Del Castillo again led the UM attack going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Alex Toral had two hits and four RBI’s while Gabe Rivera drove in three more. Starter Evan McKendry allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings. Javeyan Williams had three of Southern’s five hits. Miami will face the loser of Central Michigan versus Mississippi State.

In Atlanta, FAU eliminated Mercer with a 10-6 victory. Jared DeSantolo went 4-for-5 with two double and four RBIs while Bobby Morgensen had a pair of home runs and five RBIs. Jacob Josey was great on the mound with seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball. FAU will take on the loser of the Florida State and Georgia game.

Coastal Carolina defeated Florida A&M 9-4 to advance to face the loser of the Georgia Tech versus Auburn game. Parker Chavers and Jake Wright both homered while Nick Parker got the win with a five inning start. Austin Kitchen got the save with three shutout innings. FAMU had 13 hits with Brett Maxwell and Seyjuan Lawrence each collecting three hits. Willis McDaniel added a home run.

Arizona State pounded out 16 hits in a 13-5 victory over Stony Brook. The Sun Devils’ lineup was paced by Trevor Hauver, Gage Workman and Sam Ferri who each had three hits. The Sun Devils advance to Sunday where they will face the loser of LSU and Southern Miss.


Saturday 2:45 PM CT

Four Seed Victory

Friday only a single four seed got a victory as they all had to face the top seeds in road games. Only Cincinnati got a victory as they defeated Oregon State. Saturday, there are some better opportunities for success facing non-number ones on neutral sites. Four seed Central Connecticut State knocked off second-seeded California 7-4 in Fayetteville for their first ever regional victory. Dave Matthews went 3-4 with a home run and four RBI’s and Buddy Dewaine added another home run. Tom Curtin got the win on the mound with seven innings of four hit ball. CCSU will now face the loser of the Arkansas/TCU game.


Saturday 2:25 PM CT

Elimination Day Begins

Two teams just saw their seasons end as a pair of number 4 seeds are headed home, with more on the way. In Louisville, Indiana defeated Illinois-Chicago 9-5. The Hoosiers hit three home runs that helped them turn their eight hits into five runs. Josh Figueroa had three hits and Scott Ota homered for UIC. Indiana extends their season and will play the loser of the Louisville/Illinois State contest.

Tennessee bounced back after their lethargic opening loss to liberty with a 10-1 victory over UNC Wilmington. The Vols scored ten runs on just seven hits thanks to a grand slam by Connor Pavalony and eight walks. Ricky Martinez also went 3-4 for the Vols. Camden Sewell, Garrett Crochet, Will Heflin and Will Nealy combined to strikeout twelve Seahawks. Tennessee will now face the loser of the North Carolina vs Liberty game.


Saturday 12:20 PM CT

Two Seed Struggles Continue

Campbell finished off the suspended game against North Carolina State with a 5-4 victory. The Wolfpack got the tying run to second but that was as far as they got to fall in the Greenville Regional’s first game. The Camels scored those five runs despite only getting four hits, taking advantages age of six walks. Koby Collins added a home run. NC State only had five hits themselves. Michael Horrell started for Campbell and struck out 11 Wolfpack hitters. He allowed five hits and four runs but only one was earned. Tyson Messer worked a scoreless eighth and Landry Moore worked a perfect ninth. Campbell moves to the winner’s bracket against the winner of East Carolina and Quinnipiac. NC State gets the loser.

The Wolfpack’s loss makes the number two seeds 3-13 in the opening round. Will they come out and focus on the game today – many against perceived overmatched number 4 seeds – or will they be thinking about the tall task to win Monday’s regional final two days early?

So what am I watching for today?

Can teams like Miami, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Baylor and UCSB rally to live up to their expectations heading into yesterday?

Can Oregon State begin a long ride through the loser’s bracket, starting against number 2 seed Creighton?

Can Central Michigan stretch their winning streak to 20 games in what figures to be a raucous atmosphere in Starkville?

Can a suddenly resurgent Southern Miss squad with normal Friday starter Walker Powell give LSU fits in Alex Box Stadium?

Florida State’s offense looked amazing in Friday’s victory over FAU. In coach Mike Martin’s final regional, can they handle Georgia ace Emerson Hancock, a candidate to go 1:1 in the 2020 draft?

Will there be other surprises? Will the number three seeds have anywhere near the success from Friday largely facing host number one seeds today?

Will the double-digit run explosions we saw yesterday continue today? So many storylines to be excited about Saturday.


Moving to Saturday


12:45 AM CT

Friday Final Thoughts

#1 seeds had a strong day playing at home as every top seed cruised with the exception of Oregon State and North Carolina. The Tar Heels survived with a walk-off victory while defending CWS champion Oregon State fell in a wild contest to Cincinnati.

The SEC and Pac 12 road teams struggled with Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida, Cal and Arizona State all losing with only Auburn getting a victory away from home.

The teams who just missed out on hosting all lost or trail. Miami, Texas A&M and UCSB all lost while NC State is down 6-5 in the ninth inning of a suspended game.

The #3 seeds grabbed 12 victories in 15 games and Campbell leads NC State in a game suspended in the ninth inning. The only number 2 seeds to win were Auburn, DBU and Indiana State.

The ACC had a nice day going 6-1 pending the NC State result. Duke, Florida State and Clemson all won games against higher seeds.

The Missouri Valley had a perfect day with DBU beating Florida, Illinois State beating Indiana and Indiana State defeating McNeese.

 

Conference Results

 

League# of TeamsWLDetails
SEC1073W Coastal; W Southern, W CCSU

, L Duke, W Mercer,

W StonyBrook, W Oh St,

W JaxSt, L DBU, L Liberty

ACC861W FAU, W TA&M, W Ill,

W UNCW, W UIC,

W FAMU, L CMU

Pac 12523L USM, W Sac St, L TCU,

W Omaha, L Cincy

Big 12541L LMU, W Army, W Harv,

W Cal, W Fordham

Big 10523W Conn, L Ill St, W Creigh,

L Clem, L Vandy

American311L Neb, W Oreg St
MVC33W McNeese, W Indiana, W Fla
CUSA211L FSU, W Ariz St
Mt West11W UCSB
Big West11L Fres St
Sun Belt11L Aub
Big East11L Mich
A-Sun11W Tenn
SLC11L ISU
So Con1
Big South11L UGA
WCC11W Bay
CAA11L UNC
OVC11L OM
WAC11L Stan
MAC11W Miami
A East11L LSU
A1011L Wva
Summit11L UCLA
MAAC1
MEAC11L GT
Ivy11L Okla St
Patriot11L Ttech
Horizon11L Lville
SWAC11L Miss St
NEC11L Ark

 


12:40 AM CT

Upset City

A.J. Bumpass went 5-5 which included the go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning as Cincinnati beat Oregon State 7-6. Bumpass, who was a double away from the cycle, paced a 15 hit Bearcat lineup. Cincinnati now advances to face Michigan in the winner’s bracket. Oregon State takes on Creighton in an elimination game.


12:25 AM CT

Game Of The Night In Corvallis

Cincinnati just took a 7-6 lead in the top of the ninth on an RBI triple by AJ Bumpass. These teams have see-sawed back and forth since the seventh when Oregon State made their move.


12:30 AM CT

Return Of The WonderDogs

Fresno State had three different players get three hits apiece in a 9-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara. The Bulldogs jumped out with a five run first inning. FSU offensive stars were Zach Ashford, Carter Bins and McCarthy Tatum. Starting pitcher Ryan Jensen was solid in his 7.2 innings. He allowed only four hits and had eight strikeouts. UCSB will not face Sacramento State while Fresno State gets a shot at the top seed Stanford.

 


12:02 AM CT

Give Me Liberty

Provided the competition, perhaps no team was as impressive as Atlantic Sun Tournament winner Liberty in their 6-1 victory over Tennessee. Mason Meyer held the Vols to five hits in 6.1 innings. Garrett Price completed the game with 2.2 shutout innings of relief. Liberty coach Scott Jackson was a long-time North Carolina assistant. He will face his former team in the winner’s bracket while Tennessee takes on UNCW.


11:50 PM CT

Walking in a Run

Leading 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Cincinnati intentionally walked Oregon State all-American catcher Adley Rutschman to force in a run. Bearcat pitcher A.J. Kullman struck out the next batter for the second out but then surrendered a two-run single to .119 hitter Zak Taylor that tied the game at 5. Rutschman would come around to give the Beavers the lead on a single by Andy Armstrong.


11:20 PM CT

19 In A Row

 

After falling behind 4-0, Central Michigan roared back to tie and eventually score the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to upset Miami 6-5. The Chippewas have now won nineteen games in a row heading into Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game versus Mississippi State. The Chippewa bullpen was superb with Ryan Palmblad and Zach Kohn combining to shut down the Hurricanes late in the game. Kohn struck out five in a 2.1 inning stint. Zach Heeke had three hits to pace the CMU offense. Adrian Del Castillo had two home runs to lead Miami. Gabe Rivera added a home run as well. Miami will try to climb through the loser’s bracket beginning with a contest against Southern Saturday.

In Lubbock, Dallas Baptist pounded out 17 hits in an 11-8 victory over Florida. The Patriots got three hits each including home runs from both Jackson Glenn and Andres Sosa. Florida got three hits from Carlos Maldonado in a losing effort. DBU starter MD Johnson got the win to improve to 10-2 this season. Florida now faces Army in an elimination game while DBU takes on top seed Texas Tech.

Ole Miss received a strong start from Will Ethridge and amassed 15 hits in an easy 16-2 victory over Jacksonville State. Ethridge went seven innings and allowed only three hits. Thomas Dillard, Tyler Keenan and Anthony Servideo all homered for the Rebs. Jacksonville State now faces Illinois while Ole Miss has a showdown with Clemson.

West Virginia opened their home regional with a 6-2 victory over Fordham. Tyler Doanes had two of the Mountaineers’ six hits. Nick Snyder started and pitched five innings of four hit, one run ball and Kade Strowd followed with four hitless innings. Fordham now faces Texas A&M while West Virginia hosts Duke.


10 PM CT

That Fellows Can Pitch

Drake Fellows logged a complete game as Vanderbilt defeated Ohio State 7-2 Friday night. Fellows scattered seven hits and struck out nine in the dominant effort to move to 12-0 this season. Julian Infante homered for the Commodores and Stephen Scott added a double and a triple in the 11 hit attack.

TCU quieted some chatter about their surprise at large bid with an emphatic 13-2 victory over Cal. The Horned Frogs had 14 hits with Hunter Wolfe and Johnny Rizer getting three hits each with both also hitting homers. Cal had just seven hits in the loss. The Bears move on to face CCSU while TCU heads to face the host team Arkansas.

Tristan English had four of Georgia Tech’s 15 hits in the Yellow Jackets’ 13-2 victory over Florida A&M. Amos Willingham started and worked six solid innings to get the win. The Jackets drew 13 walks from Rattler pitchers in the victory. Tech now faces Auburn while FAMU takes on Coastal Carolina.


9:30 PM CT

Bayou Beating

Some had pointed to the last time Stony Brook faced LSU – in a Super Regional victory – as a cautionary tale that the Tigers could struggle Friday night. That couldn’t be further from the truth as the Tigers pounded out seventeen runs on just ten hits and cruised to victory. Antoine Duplantis and Brandt Broussard each had three hits while Broussard and Zach Watson each homered. Freshman Landon Marceaux started for the Tigers are worked five scoreless innings. Chris Hamilton went 4-4 for Stony Brook, who matched LSU with ten hits in their loss.

Stony Brook will try to stay alive against Arizona State Saturday. LSU moves on to face Southern Miss.


9:00 PM CT

Cowboys Get Shutout

Oklahoma State got its seventh shutout of the season as Jensen Elliot and Peyton Battenfield combined on a four-hitter in the Cowboys 2-0 victory over Harvard. Crimson starter Hunter Bigge was the tough-luck loser. He allowed only six hits and struck out nine in six frames. The Cowboys name face Nebraska in the winner’s bracket while Harvard faces Connecticut.

Louisville got a tussle from four-seed Illinois-Chicago before prevailing 5-3. Neither team mounting much at the plate with Louisville getting seven hits and UIC getting six. Louisville now faces Indiana State Saturday while UIC takes on Indiana.

NC State and Campbell will resume at noon ET which pushes back game two of the regional to 4 PM ET. Would assume there will be a losers’ bracket game afterward, time permitting.

In Athens, Aaron Schunk hit a pair of home runs and five RBI’s while Tucker Maxwell had three hits, a homer with a six RBI’s as Georgia handled Mercer 13-3. Bulldog starter Tony Locey struck out seven in five scoreless innings. For Mercer, Kyle Dockus had three hits including a home run. Georgia put the game away with eight runs in the first inning.

Georgia moves on to face Florida State. Mercer faces FAU.

 


8:15 PM CT

Heels Survive

We almost had the first number 4 over number 1 upset but North Carolina outlasted a rain delay and UNC Wilmington to win 7-6 on a walkoff. The winning run came on a botched rundown after the Tar Heels missed a sign on a suicide squeeze.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 3-0 lead but the Seahawks rallied back to lead 4-3 and then 6-5. Zachary Bridges had three hits and a homer for UNCW while Chris Thorburn added three more hits. Aaron Sabato homered for UNC.

In the second game of the Chapel Hill Regional, Tennessee faces Liberty with the loser turning around tomorrow to face UNCW and the winner playing in the evening against North Carolina.


7:20 PM CT

Clemson Advances

In Oxford, Davis Sharpe came out of the pen to lead Clemson to an 8-4 victory over Illinois. Sharpe received starter Jacob Hennessey after 2.1 and went the rest of the way allowing only three hits and an unearned run in 6.2 innings. Michael Green and Grayson Byrd both homered while Kyle Wilkie had four hits and Byrd added three.

The Tigers now face the winner of Ole Miss and Jacksonville State and have ace Mat Clark waiting to pitch. Illinois gets the loser.


7:00 PM CT

A&M Falls Hard

Texas A&M finished the season as one of the teams in contention for a host spot. Instead, they were sent to Morgantown where many tabbed them as a team to advance. No one told Duke the Blue Devils were supposed to play the role of the lovable losers. The Devils jumped out to an 8-1 lead and held off a furious rally where A&M got the tying run to the plate in a 8-5 Duke victory.

Duke had six hits and four runs off Aggie ace John Doxakis, who struck out nine in seven innings. Devils’ starter Ben Gross logged seven innings and allowed only four hits and one run. Duke pitchers held the Aggies to six hits. Kyle Gallagher and E Nichols had three hits apiece for Duke. Nichols and Rudy Maxwell each homered. Duke now faces the winner of West Virginia and Fordham. Texas A&M gets the loser.

In Stillwater, Nebraska defeated Connecticut 8-5 on the strength of a four-run third inning in a game that featured 32 hits. The Huskers got a home run from Angelo Altavilla and three hits from Gunner Hellstrom in the victory. Robbie Palkert worked 3.1 scoreless relief innings to get the victory.

The Huskies lost despite getting 19 hits. John Toppa and Pat Winkel led all hitters with four hits. Nebraska now faces the winner of Oklahoma State and Harvard. UConn gets the loser.

In Stanford, the Cardinal got a huge pitching effort from Brendan Beck in a 11-0 victory over Sacramento State. Beck allowed only three hits in seven innings. Cody Jensen worked the final two scoreless to complete the shutout. Offensively, Stanford had thirteen hits with four of them leaving the yard. Maverick Handley, Will Matthiessen, Nick Oar and Andrew Daschbach all homered. Stanford now gets ready for the winner of UCSB and Fresno State.

In Lubbock, host Texas Tech scored six win their first three innings and crushed over Army 11-2. The Red Raiders got a strong start from Micah Dallas who allowed three hits and an unearned run in seven innings. Tanner O’Tremba had three hits to lead the offense. Cameron Warren added a home run. The Red Raiders await the winner of the DBU/Florida game.

In Los Angeles, third seed Loyola Marymount received a strong start from Cody Paiva in a 3-1 victory over second-seeded Baylor. Pavia went 7.2 innings and surrendered just four hits and one run. Tommy Delgado had three hits to lead the Lions. They await the winner of the UCLA-Omaha game. Baylor looks to bounce back against the loser.

In Corvallis, Michigan rode starting pitcher Karl Kaufmann who logged 8.2 innings of six-hit shutout ball in a 6-o victory over Creighton. The Wolverines hit three home runs and cruised to the victory. Michigan will face the winner of Oregon State vs Cincinnati.

 


5:40 PM CT

Southern Makes Mississippi State Work

J.T. Ginn started for top seeded Mississippi State against number 4 seed Southern. Most expected the talented Bulldogs to roll over the SWAC squad. Instead, Southern hung with the Bulldogs until deep in the game before MSU finally stretched it out for a 11-6 victory.

Ginn left after three innings with arm soreness. He allowed one unearned run in his start. This is his second short start in succession after getting chased in an SEC tournament loss to LSU. As a result, the Bulldogs used top relief options Jared Liebelt (51 pitches) and Cole Gordon (40 pitches) to complete the victory. They will need a deep effort from ace Ethan Small in the winners’ bracket Saturday against either Miami or Central Michigan.

Offensively, MSU has led by Rowdey Jordan who had four hits and a homer. Ashanti Wheatley and Javeyon Williams each had three hits for Southern, who impressed in the losing effort.


5:15 PM CT

Rain At A Bad Time

The Carolinas are experiencing weather issues that are delaying some exciting endings. Three-seed Campbell leads two-seed NC State 5-4 as the Wolfpack come to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Down the road in Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and North Carolina are tied 6-6 in the ninth. Lightning delays in both places coming at bad times for us baseball drama junkies.

In Fayetteville, top seeded Arkansas defeated four-seed Central Connecticut State 11-5 in a game they controlled after scoring three each in the fifth and sixth. Connor Noland gave them a strong 5.1 innings while Trevor Ezell went 3-5 with 3 RBI’s and a homer. Heston Kjerstad added three hits for the Hogs. TT Bowens homered and drove in all five runs for the visitors.

Arkansas will now face the winner of the Cal vs TCU game. CCSU gets the loser.

In Louisville, no. 3 seed Illinois State defeated no. 2 seed Indiana 8-7 to advance to the winner’s bracket against the winner of Louisville and UIC. Derek Parola had five hits while Jack Butler had four hits in the 18 hit attack. Starter Brent Headrick allowed only three runs, two earned and three hits in six innings Elijah Dunham led IU with three hits.

In Nashville, Indiana State beat McNeese State 6-5 to advance to the face the winner of Vanderbilt and Ohio State Saturday. Jake Means, Max Wright and Luke Fegen all had three hits to pace the Sycamores’ attack.


4:30 PM CT

Lots Of Offense Early

Auburn scored 16. Southern Miss had 15. Florida State added 13. All were impressive as Regional play began Friday.

In Atlanta, Auburn pounded out 16 hits and pieced it together on the bump in a 16-7 victory over Coastal Carolina. Stephen Williams led the Auburn attack going 4-5 with a home run and five RBI’s. Conor Davis added a home run while Judd Ward and Ryan Bliss added three hits apiece. Scott McKeon led Coastal with a pair of hits.

Jack Owen started for the Tigers and lasted 3.2 innings and 86 pitches. The Tigers turned to Elliot Anderson who started their series opener at LSU in the final weekend in long relief who gave them 2.2 innings to get the win while the runs mounted. Ryan Watson saved the pen by working the 2.2 innings. Auburn now has Tanner Burns and closer Cody Greenhill ready to go in the winner’s bracket game against the winner of Georgia Tech and Florida A&M. Coastal Carolina gets the loser.

In Baton Rouge, Southern Miss scored 12 runs in the fifth inning to break open a 1-0 game on the way to a 15-3 victory over Arizona State. Danny Lynch and Storme Cooper, the 8 and 9 hitters in the lineup, each had three hits. Matt Wallner joined the pair with home runs while freshman Gabe Shepherd was impressive in his start on the mound. Spencer Torkelson hit a home run for Arizona State.

The Golden Eagles advance to face the winner of LSU vs Stony Brook. Arizona State gets the loser.

Florida State got outgoing coach Mike Martin at least one extra game with a 13-7 victory over FAU. The Seminoles slugged six home runs with three hole hitter Drew Mendoza and nine-hole hitter Tim Becker each hitting a pair. Mike Salvatore had four hits while Mendoza and Reese Albert added three each in the 20-hit effort.

Bobby Morgensen had three hits including two home runs for FAU. Joe Montes added another home run. FSU now advances to the winer’s bracket against with Georgia or Mercer. FAU gets the loser.

 


11 AM CT

Emotional Day For Auburn

Those in and around the Auburn baseball program should be excited today. They have worked all season for this moment, their NCAA Regional opening game. The Tigers are second seeded in nearby Atlanta and face Coastal Carolina. It normally would be a moment everyone points to.

Instead, those around the program have others on their mind. Play-by-play radio broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula were killed last Saturday in a two-car traffic accident on the Auburn campus. Their funeral and memorial service was yesterday.

Bramblett had been with the Auburn baseball radio broadcast since 1993. That’s a lot of wins. A lot of losses. But more importantly, a lot of lives affected. His voice came into their cars, their living rooms, their lives. Fans develop a connection with the voice of their favorite team. Few have connected with a fanbase the way Bramlett did.

Also, the voice for football and basketball, he could have stepped aside from baseball with 60+ games per season. Instead, he stayed. Baseball was important to him. Auburn baseball was important to him.

In Atlanta, there will be an empty chair in the Auburn delegation. Their players will play. Their coaches will coach. Their radio broadcast will somehow continue.

Bramblett’s final tweet, sent the day before his sudden passing, was a retweet of Tiger catcher Matt Scheffler. The message resonates. And the broadcaster wanted more people to stop and think about the meaning.

“Failure is not the opposite of success, it is a part of success. Learn from your mistakes. We have unfinished business, it’s time to work, and we are ready. #WarEagle#AuburnFamily

It’s a great message and regardless of what you are facing in life, there’s meaning for all of us.

There are so many reasons to be excited about our work ahead, be it success, failure or somewhere in between.

Bramblett approached days like this with energy, with passion. Win or lose, success or failure.

Days like today embody that sentiment. Let’s play ball.

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