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On The Mark: Saturday Regional Roundup


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Conference Call

1:35 AM CT

Among the multi-bid leagues, here is how each has fared after Friday and Saturday games.

SEC: 15-3 (10 teams)
Big 12: 8-2 (5 teams)
Pac 12: 6-2 (4 teams)
Atlantic Sun: 3-1 (2 teams)
Sun Belt: 2-1 (2 teams)
ACC: 6-6 (6 teams)
AAC: 4-4 (4 teams)
CUSA: 2-2 (2 teams)
Big 10: 4-4 (4 teams)
OVC: 1-2 (2 teams)
MVC: 1-2 (2 teams)
CAA: 1-3 (2 teams)

What a cap to the day

1:30 AM CT

Two outs, bottom of the ninth. We are looking like another extra inning contest is imminent. Cal State Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook calls on freshman Jace Chamberlain to pinch hit. He’s a big kid with pop, but he has not had a home run in 88 at bats this season. Chamberlain jumped on a fastball from Stanford reliever Will Matthiessen and pounded it off the right-center field scoreboard to push the Titans into the winners’ bracket. Vanderhook made the right move at the right time and his club is now in the drivers seat.

After winning in 13 innings Friday over Wright State, Stanford came up just short Saturday. The Cardinal leaned on starter Kris Bubic who held the Titans to three hits and a run in seven innings. He struck out ten and walked two in his 130 pitch outing. Fullerton starter Tommy Wilson was also superb. He went six innings and also allowed three hits and a run. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Brett Conine worked three innings of shutout relief for the Titans. Tim Tawa had an RBI triple for Stanford.

Stanford now faces Baylor Sunday while Cal State Fullerton waits for the victor.

Beavers send message

1:00 AM CT

It isn’t just elephants who have long memories. Oregon State got a measure of revenge Saturday evening on the team that ended last year’s dominating season. They did it in grand fashion leading wire-to-wire with a 14-1 victory. The Beavers scored two in the first, dodged a bases loaded no outs jam with allowing a run and then added three runs in the third and five in the fourth to blow the game open. Nick Madrigal homered while Trevor Lamach, Adley Rutschman and Zak Taylor all had three hits. OSU starter Luke Heimlich went seven innings and allowed six hits and a run. LSU got a homer from Jake Slaughter. Starter Zack Hess went 3.1 innings and allowed eight hits and nine runs. He walked four and struck out six. LSU now faces in-state program Northwestern State in an elimination game. Oregon State faces the winner.

Another #1 Goes Down

12:30 AM CT

In the Greenville Regional, #2 South Carolina 4, #1 East Carolina 2 – Few teams improved as much from the early season until May as did Mark Kingston’s Gamecocks. Their inspired play continued Saturday as they knocked off the host Pirates. USC staked starter Cody Morris to an 3-0 first inning lead and Morris did his part from there. He worked 7.1 innings with five hits allowed, two runs, four walks and seven strikeouts. Sawyer Bridges worked the ninth for the save. Danny Blair had three hits to pace the USC lineup. Bryant Packard had three hits and scored both the ECU runs.

In the Minneapolis Regional, #1 Minnesota 3, #2 UCLA 2 (10) – Minnesota avoided the upset bid as they rallied to tie the game in the eighth and win it in the tenth. Terrin Vavra had a pair of hits along with Toby Hanson. Patrick Frederickson started and worked six innings. Max Meyer worked the final three innings of one-hit shutout ball to get the win. UCLA starter Zach Pettway allowed just four hits and run in his seven innings. Jeremy Ydens and Chase Strumpf led the Bruins with two hits. UCLA not faces Gonzaga. Minnesota sits to see who wins.

In the Tallahassee Regional, #3 Oklahoma 4, #4 Samford 0 – Nathan Wiles worked 8.2 innings for Oklahoma as they shutout Samford to advance the regional final. He allowed seven hits and walked two while striking out 10. Austin Hansen came in to get the final out. Thomas Hughes had three hits to lead Oklahoma’s offense. The win is huge for Sooners considering host and top seed Florida State has been eliminated, Mississippi State lacks pitching depth. Samford reliever Jack Rude worked six innings and allowed only two hits. Samford now faces Mississippi State. Oklahoma gets the winner.

In the Deland Regional, #1 Stetson 10, #3 Oklahoma State 3 – Logan Gilbert struck out 14 in seven innings as the Hatters moved into the regional final. Brooks Wilson and Jonathan Meola each had three hits while Jorge Arenas had a home run in the twelve-hit Stetson attack. Andrew Rosa had two of the Cowboys’ six hits. Oklahoma State now faces USF Sunday while Stetson gets the winner.


More Number Ones Fall

11:00 PM CT

Friday Florida State and North Carolina State both lost. Saturday saw Florida State lose in dramatic fashion but NC State stayed alive with a victory. Another pair of #1 seeds have already dropped games Saturday with Clemson losing to Vanderbilt and Coastal Carolina losing to Washington. East Carolina and Minnesota each trail at the moment by a single run.

In the Conway Regional, #3 Washington 11, #1 Coastal Carolina 6 – Washington used a six-run second inning to jump out front and cruise to a five run win. Joe Wainhouse hit his second home run in as many days and Nick Kahle added another along with five RBI’s. The Huskies chased Coastal ace Jason Bilous in the fourth. Coastal now faces Connecticut Sunday and the winner gets Washington.

In the Clemson Regional, #2 Vanderbilt 4, #1 Clemson 3 – Trailing by three in the second, Vanderbilt tied the game with a boost from a Ethan Paul home run. The Commodores broke the tie in fifth and held on frantically for the victory. Vandy started Zach King who survived a rocky start to give them four innings. Patrick Rady, Jackson Gillis, Ried Schaller and Chandler Day slammed the door for the final five frames. Logan Davidson had three of Clemson’s six hits. The Tigers now face St. John’s while Vanderbilt awaits the winner.

In the Fayetteville Regional, #1 Arkansas 10, #2 Southern Miss 2 – Arkansas continues their strong home field advantage as they dominated another quality opponent. The Hogs got a seven run second inning to gain the early advantage. Eric Cole and Jared Gates each homered. Cole and Carson Shaddy both had three hits. Kacey Murphy was outstanding working eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Matt Wallner had two of USM’s five hits. Cody Carroll was the most effective of the Golden Eagle pitchers with four innings of one-run ball. USM faces DBU for another crack at the Hogs.

In the Oxford Regional, #1 Ole Miss 9, #4 Saint Louis 2 – They started a day later than everyone else but Ole Miss got cranked up with an easy victory. The Rebels scored six in the second inning and rode the big arm of ace Ryan Rolison from there. Rolison went seven innings and allowed just four hits and two runs. He walked three but struck out an impressive 13. Cole Zabowski and Tyler Keenan homered for the Rebels. Nick Reeser had two of the Billicans’ four hits.

In the Chapel Hill Regional, #1 North Carolina 4, #3 Houston 3 – North Carolina avoided the upset bid from Houston with a one-run win. The Tar Heels got five strong innings from Gianluca Dalatri who allowed four hits and a run. Josh Hiatt worked the final three innings to close it out. Zack Gahagan homered for UNC while Michael Busch and Ike Freeman each had two hits. Cougar starter Trey Cumbie logged seven solid innings as the tough-luck loser. Connor Hollis had two of Houston’s seven hits. Houston now faces Purdue Sunday and the winner gets the host Tar Heels.

In the Lubbock Regional, #1 Texas Tech 10, #2 Louisville 4 – Brian Klein had three hits and Josh Jung homered as the Red Raiders pulled a dominant performance over Louisville. Caleb Killian and Ty Harpenau combined to keep the Cards in check. Louisville now faces Kent State – a rematch from Friday – for another chance to play to the host Red Raiders.

Fifteen Unanswered?

10:00 PM CT

In the Athens Regional, #2 Duke 16, #4 Campbell 8 – Trailing 8-1 in the seventh inning, it would have been easy for Duke to start packing up the gear and checking the Netflix options. They scored two in hte seventh. Then two more in the eighth to draw to an 8-5 deficit. Then they really got it going.

The Blue Devils sent 16 men to the plate, got eight hits and scored a jaw-dropping 11 runs in the ninth inning. In the final three innings, they scored 15 unanswered runs.

Among their nineteen team hits, Max Miller had a four and Chris Crabtree had three. Both drove in three runs.

For Campbell, this was a demoralizing way to end their season. Christian Jones led them with three hits including a homer. Jeff Hahs also homered.

Duke will face the loser to Georgia and Troy, a game postponed until Sunday.

In the Austin Regional, #1 Texas 8, #3 Texas A&M 3 – It was much anticipated and the home crowd got their money’s worth. Kody Clemons hit a three-run home run in the first and added a solo shot later as Texas took a decisive victory over the rival Aggies. Joining Clemons with three hits was David Hamilton, part of a 15 hit attack. Nolan Kingham worked 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts to get the win. Texas A&M hopes for another shot at the Horns. To get it, they will need to defeat Indiana.

In the Gainesville Regional, #1 Florida 3, #2 Jacksonville 2 – Jonathan India and Wil Dalton had back to back home runs asthe Gators won a tough one over Jacksonville. Brady Singer made his first start in two weeks and logged seven quality innings. He allowed five hits and both runs while striking out six and walking only one. Michael Byrne worked the final two innings for the save. JU outhit Florida 6-5 as starter Spencer Stockton turned in a good seven inning start. Cory Garrastazu homered for the Dolphins who will face FAU againn Sunday.

In the Raleigh Regional, #2 Auburn 12, #4 Army 1 – Auburn exploded with a nine run fifth inning and slugged three home runs to advance to the regional finals. Ace Casey Mize, in his final start before Monday’s draft, worked seven innings and allowed just four hits and one run. He struck out 11 and walked two. Josh Anthony had a home run and a double while Brendan Venter had three hits. Will Holland and Brett Wright homered. Jon Rosoff had two of Army’s six hits. Army gets a rematch with NC State Sunday. Auburn awaits the winner.

In the Corvallis Regional, #4 Northwestern State 9, #3 San Diego State 0 – Jerry Maddox and David Hodo combined for a three-hit shutout as Northwestern State survived with a victory. Maddox went six innings and allowed three hits. Hodo retired every batter he faced during a three-inning stint. Kwan Adkins had three hits and a home run while Tyler Smith had three hits, a home run and four RBI’s. Peyton Davis also added three hits. David Hensley had two of the Aztecs’ three hits.

In the Stanford Regional, #2 Baylor 11, #4 Wright State 5 – Baylor scored seven runs in the final two innings to break open a tight game and defeat the upstart #4 seed Wright State who also lost a heartbreaker to Stanford Friday. The Bears were led by Richard Cunningham with three of their 16 hits. Davis Wendzel added three RBI’s. JD Orr, Gabe Snyder and Brandon Giltrow had two hits each for Wright State.

More Advance, More Go Home

6:45 PM CT

In the Greenville Regional, #4 UNC Wilmington 4, #3 Ohio State 3 (13) – They went back and forth with both teams having chances to win before the Seahawks finally broke through in the 13th for the walkoff victory. The Seahawks outhit Ohio State 19-5 but were unable to scratch the winning run. They almost won in the bottom of the ninth but had a runner called out on a bang-bang play at home. Kep Brown got the clutch hit in the 13th for the win.

In the Gainesville Regional, #3 FAU 11, #4 Columbia 2 – FAU jumped out with a six run first inning and slammed three home runs to advance to Sunday. Kevin Abraham, Andru Summerall and Richie Nizza all homered in the 13 hit attack. Mark Nowatnick started and pitched four shutout innings. Jack Chernow led Columbia with three hits. FAU advances to face the loser of tonight’s Florida-Jacksonville contest.

In the Oxford Regional, #2 Tennessee Tech 6, #3 Missouri State 4 – After sitting out yesterday when everyone else played, Tennessee Tech moved into the winners’ bracket with a victory over Missouri State thanks to a two-run eighth inning. Ethan Roberts was the pitching star working the past 3.1 inning shutout innings. Roberts and starter Travis Moths combined to strike out 15 Bear hitters and allow just five hits.

In the Deland Regional, #2 USF 9, #4 Hartford 4 – USF used a five run 11th inning highlighted by Joe Genord’s three-run homer to push past Hartford and advance to Sunday. USF ace Shane McClanahan worked five innings (110 pitches) with five hits allowed, two runs, four walks and three strikeouts. Hartford was led by Nick Campana who went 3-5.

In the Clemson Regional, #3 St. John’s 11, #4 Morehead State 4 – Wyatt Mascarella hit a pair of home runs and the Red Storm smacked 13 hits to stay alive with a win over Morehead State. Mike Antico added a home run and John Valente had three hits. For Morehead State, Eli Boggess and Tyler Newman each had three hits.

In the Austin Regional, #2 Indiana 6, #4 Texas Southern 0 – Pauly Milto hurled a four-hit shutout and struck out ten as Indiana stayed alive. Ryan Fineman homered for the Hoosiers and had a pair of hits as did Matt Gorski, Scotty Bradley and Justin Walker.

In the Lubbock Regional, #3 Kent State 2, #4 New Mexico State 1 – Kent State scored two in the bottom of the eighth on a homer by Pete Schuler to earn a comeback victory to stay alive Saturday. Jared Skolnicki, John Matthews and Collin Romel combined to hold the Aggie batters at bay. NMSU starter Kyle Bradish was good in his 7.1-inning stint. He allowed just four hits and a run. He fanned nine and walked five.

In the Fayetteville Regional, #3 DBU 19, #4 ORU 9 – DBU hit four home runs in the third inning to take the lead and added ten more runs in the fourth to secure a win over Oral Roberts. They had 18 hits led by Devlin Granberg who had four and Jameson Hannah and Garrett Wolforth who each had three. ORU added a couple of home runs themselves with Spencer Henson and Riley Keizor doing the honors.

In the Chapel Hill Regional, #2 Purdue 14, #4 North Carolna A&T 4 – Purdue had a four run fourth and six run sixth as they stayed alive with an elimination game victory. Ben Nisle went 4-4 with four RBI’s and Jacson McGowan had three hits. Greg White led North Carolina A&T with three hits.

In the Minneapolis Regional, #3 Gonzaga 8, #4 Canisius 2 – Gunnar Schubert had a home run, a triple and a single while Austin Pinorini had three hits and drove in three as the Zags advance. Alek Jacob went eight innings (133 pitches) to pick up the win and save the pen. Taylor Davis worked a perfect ninth. Mark McKenna went 4-4 for Canisius.

We got our moment

5:00 PM CT

In every postseason, there is an enduring moment that grabs our attention. Sometimes, it is the game that just won’t end. Sometimes, it is the super human pitching effort or a last at bat clutch hit. Other times it is a bad call or maybe a coach’s decision.

We just saw one that wrapped all of that together and gave us a ninth inning those who witnessed it won’t soon forget.

Mississippi State got off the deck to eliminate Florida State 3-2. Elijah MacNamee hit a walkoff, three run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the win. These are the the moments little boys dream of. We got to watch it.

But as good as that moment was, and it was a generational swing for MacNamee, that’s not the enduring moment from the ninth inning.

Florida State led 2-0 after eight innings when the skies opened. FSU starter Drew Parrish had been incredible. The MSU hitters had not squared up a ball the entire game. Parrish was in total control.

It took two and half hours for the rain to stop and the field to be playable. Mississippi State brought its reliever, Riley Self, back out for the ninth inning. Self had pitched two hitless innings and promptly collected a third.

Then FSU took the field to protect its two run lead. Out of the dugout pops Parrish. The southpaw had already thrown 109 pitches and just sat fora long time. Surely, he isn’t going to try to finish this?

Of course, the kid wants to finish the game. He had been spectacular and the rain robbed him of a complete game, shutout victory.

He took the hill.

FSU coach Mike Martin is the winningest coach in college baseball. He knows his players and we assume after a long career he knows the intricacies of arm care. But if you ask 100 pitching coaches, how many send a kid back out after an 109 pitch effort and waiting two and half hours of arm-stiffening time?

Martin is a personal favorite and it pains me to write this but man, you could see this coming. Parrish wasn’t as sharp. He had his only two walks after his return. He was over 130 pitches. It was his last, his 133rd, that MacNamee sailed over the left field wall for the walkoff blast.

In the postgame presser, Martin stood by his decision. At this point, he might as well. He stated Parrish kept throwing during the rain delay. That the team wanted Parrish on the mound. But sometimes it isn’t about what people want. Emotion is wonderful but at times it lacks judgment. This was a time where someone needed to make the hard decision, even if it is unpopular.

Nearly 110 pitches and a long rain delay should mean, “thanks, son. Tough break. We’re going to let someone else get these last three outs.”

Instead, we got our moment. Hopefully, Parrish’s arm is fine and the risk that was taken will not have lasting physical impact. The mental damage, giving up that bomb on national television after he given everything he had to get his team to this point, one has to expect that will be tough to forget.

Mississippi State advances to Sunday while national seed Florida State is eliminated. We got our moment.

Because Martin was trying to let Parrish have his.

Two Teams Head Home

4:00 PM CT

In the Conway Regional, #2 Connecticut 10, #4 LIU Brooklyn 3 – The Huskies stayed alive with ten unanswered runs for an easy win over LIU Brooklyn. The highlight on the mound came as Tim Cate worked 5.1 scoreless innings of two-hit ball in relief. He also fanned six in the 82 pitch outing. Michael Woodworth, Isaac Feldstein, Troy Stefanski, John Toppa and Christian Fedko all have two hits for the winners. Edward Modica had two of LIU Brooklyn’s five hits. UConn moves ahead to Sunday where they will face the loser of tonight’s Washington vs Coastal Carolina contest.

In the Athens Regional, #1 Georgia 18, #4 Campbell 5 – Georgia had to wait a day to play but they showed they were ready to defend the home field. The Bulldogs used a seven run fourth inning and then extended the lead from that point in an easy victory. UGa hit four home runs in the game and pounded out 17 hits. Adam Sasser had three hits including a homer and a double while Tucker Bradley had two hits and four RBI’s. Chase Adkins threw three innings (53 pitches) and Tony Locey and Blake Cairnes finished from there. Campbell’s Matthew Barefoot went 3-5 with a homer and three RBI’s. Christian Jones added a solo dinger. Campbell now must turn around and face Duke in the next game from Athens to extend their season. Georgia faces Troy later Saturday evening.

In the Raleigh Regional, #1 NC State 9, #3 Northeastern 3 – The Wolfpack got a great start from Brian Brown as they cruised to a win. Brown pitched a complete game – vital for a potential losers’ bracket run – and scattered eight hits for three earned runs. He fanned eight and did not walk a man. Patrick Bailey was the offensive star with a pair of home runs and five RBI’s. Josh McLain added three hits and Evan Edwards drove in three runs. Northeastern was led by Charlie McConnell who had three hits.

Northeastern was a controversial at large selection for some pundits Monday. They did not help to quiet the noise going losing to non-competitive games to Auburn and NC State by a combined 22-7 margin. Nothing against their club but they could have used a better showing to bolster the case for their inclusion. Fans of clubs like Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona and UCF are likely thinking they could have at least been competitive.

This will be fun

2:45 PM CT

So we get Texas and Texas A&M today. On campus at Austin. With weekend pitchers. With their seasons on the line. Yes, please.

We get Oregon State against LSU. East Carolina against South Carolina. Vanderbilt takes on Clemson. Texas Tech hosts Louisville. Southern Miss challenges Arkansas. Folks, we have some heavyweight matchups today. This is a great day to camp out on the couch, get all your devices streaming and let the neighbors complain about your yard. It can wait until later. Heck, invite them over. This is our sport at its best.

The CWS is great, don’t get me wrong. But the atmosphere with these packed stadiums on campus with games going on in 16 venues is my favorite weekend of the season. If you can’t get into college baseball now, I don’t have anything more to give you.

Enjoy it. Our guys at D1 sure will.

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