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On The Mark: Super Saturday Roundup

Roundup


Sunday’s Schedule

  • Auburn at Florida noon ET
  • South Carolina at Arkansas 3 ET
  • Tennessee Tech at Texas 3 ET
  • Duke at Texas Tech 6 ET
  • Mississippi State at Vanderbilt 6 ET
  • Washington at Cal State Fullerton 9 ET

Beavers Omaha Bound

Oregon State used a three-run ninth to beat Minnesota 6-3 and clinch a spot in the CWS against North Carolina. Adley Rutschman had the big hit for Saturday’s win. Jake Mulholland worked the ninth to get the save.

Oregon State looks like the team that will be listed as the favorite in Omaha. They have been dominant and so impressive in the postseason.


Are you kidding? Another walkoff

12:10 AM CT

JJ Bleday just smacked a solo home run to deepest part of center field to lift Vanderbilt to a 4-3 victory. The teams play a winner-take-all finale at 6 PM ET Sunday. Bleday’s blast made just past the glove of MSU center fielder Jake Mangum to set of the Vanderbilt celebration. Bleday’s dinger, hit off Zach Neff, came after he had 0-4 in the game prior to his at bat.

Just moments after Vandy won, Oregon State scored to take a 6-3 lead over Minnesota in the top of the ninth. They have the bases loaded with two outs as they try to join North Carolina as teams who have clinched CWS berths.


And so does Vandy

Midnight CT

Vanderbilt tied Mississippi State at 3 heading to the ninth inning. Harrison Ray had a triple to the left center field wall and scored on a single to center by Ethan Paul. The Commodores have turned the game over to Chandler Day.

Fun scenes in both games as we move to Sunday.


Beavers tie it

11:45 PM CT

Kyle Nobach came through for Oregon State with a clutch hit to tie the game at 3 in Corvallis. Gopher closer Max Meyer got into the jam but got out with a inning-ending strikeout of Jack Anderson. Minnesota bats in the eighth now.


Gophers Hanging Tough

11:30 PM CT

Minnesota is hanging onto a 3-2 lead over Oregon State. They went with closer Max Meyer in the sixth inning. He has worked two scoreless innings thus far. Can he close this on out?

In Nashville, Vanderbilt stormed back to cut the MSU lead to 3-2 but it appeared they would get more. Instead, MSU lefty reliever Zach Neff entered and struck out Stephen Scott to strand the bases full. The Bulldogs then had a chance to score but Vandy reliever Jackson Gillis completed his third scoreless inning to end the threat.


Which Pilkington do we get?

10:30 PM CT

MSU starter Konnor Pilkington has won a bunch of big games in his career. In his junior season, this was supposed to be his best year. Instead, he has had some good starts but down the stretch he has struggled. In his last start against Oklahoma, he had another rough start and was bypassed for the opening Super Regional game start in favor of Ethan Short.

Pilkington really needed a good start Saturday against Vanderbilt. To this point, he has delivered. He has scattered six hits through four innings and picked up five strikeouts. He has not walked a batter. As a result his Bulldogs lead 3-1 in the fifth.

In Corvallis, Oregon State trails for the first time in the postseason. Minnesota went up 2-1 – OSU tied it – and the Gophers added another run to make it 3-2 in the sixth.  Minnesota is showing that the Beavers might still be unbeatable, but they are in a fight tonight.


Hogs take the opener

9:20 PM CT

Arkansas just finished off South Carolina 9-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams meet again in game two Sunday at 3 PM ET.


Jake Mangum

9:15 PM CT

Stop me if you have heard the one about Mississippi State center fielder Jake Mangum getting the clutch hit. Well, it happened again. Mangum came up with a key, two out, two RBI single to give MSU a 2-0 second inning lead.


Late Games Underway

8:40 PM CT

The late games are underway in Pacific locales Corvallis and Nashville. Well, Corvallis, anyway.

Vanderbilt starter Patrick Raby has been greeted by a pair of early Mississippi State singles. Both Raby and MSU starter Konnor Pilkington have been inconsistent but are capable of big outings. This one could be another shootout.

Oregon State already has a couple of first inning hits themselves off Minnesota starter Patrick Frederickson. They will throw Bryce Fehmel.


Titans Even Series

8:35 PM CT

Cal State Fullerton forces a winner-take-all matchup Sunday with Washington by beating the Huskies 5-2. The teams meet at 9 PM ET Sunday. Washington has Joe DeMers waiting to pitch game three to try to lead them to their first CWS trip. Can Fullerton find the magic for a return trip to Omaha? This should be a fun finale Sunday evening.

In Fayetteville, Carson Shaddy ripped a bases-loaded, bases clearing double off the left-center field to give Arkansas a 8-3 lead in the seventh inning. The Hogs are still batting in a raucous Baum Stadium.


Arkansas Leads At Stretch

8:20 PM CT

They are going to the bottom of the seventh inning at Baum and Arkansas has a 4-3 lead. The bullpens will decide it as Barrett Loseke (UA) and Eddy Demurias (SC) are each pitching well. Jax Biggers got the RBI hit to give Arkansas the lead.

In Fullerton, the Titans are trying to finish off Washington in the ninth inning up 5-1. Fullerton starter Tommy Wilson left after seven innings and allowed only three hits and a solo home run.


Madison Stokes Goes Yard

7:45 PM CT

Madison Stokes mashed a Blaine Knight curve ball over the left field wall and we are tied at 3 at Baum. L.T. Tolbert had a solo home run earlier in the game.

Fullerton added an insurance run on an RBI triple by Hank LoForte. The Titans lead 5-1 and still batting in seventh.


Fullerton Stretches The Lead

7:30 PM CT

Cal State Fullerton has a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning and are threatening again. Starter Tommy Wilson continues to shove with only two hits allowed through six.

Arkansas has a 3-2 lead in the fifth after chasing USC starter Adam Hill. Hill struggled with control as he walked five and ended up needing 88 pitches to get 12 outs.


Washington Gets On The Board

6:42 PM CT

People are going to stop pitching to Joe Wainhouse.


Next Group Underway

6:30 PM CT

Playing with their season on the line on their home field, Cal State Fullerton is out to a 2-0 lead over Washington in the fourth. Titan starter Tommy Wilson has allowed only one hit thus far.

In Fayetteville, South Carolina leads Arkansas 1-0 in the third as they kick off their Super Regional matchup. USC starter Adam Hill didn’t allow a hit until the third inning. Arkansas starter Blaine Knight has allowed three hits in three innings. Hunter Taylor had the RBI hit for the Gamecocks.


Tennessee Tech Keeps Rolling

5:45 CT

They just keep impressing. The team from the Ohio Valley who people look sideways at when they match up with teams like Ole Miss and Texas, they just keep winning. They rolled through with three elimination game victories to win the Oxford Regional in front of over 10,00o screaming fans. Now they move into Austin and take game one 5-4, over one of the most stories programs in the nation.

Brennon Kaleiwahea had a two-RBI double but it was reliever Ethan Roberts who changed the game. He entered with in the sixth inning in a jam, extricated from it and then worked the final four innings and allowed only one hit and one run to lead his team to a victory. TTU had nine hits over UT starter Nolan Kingham but managed just two hits in the final 4.1 against the Longhorn pen. They made their lead hold up to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams play game two at 3 ET Sunday.


Red Raiders take it

5:30 PM CT

Texas Tech scored two runs in the eighth and then ended the game with a bang-nag 4-6-3 double-play to beat Duke 6-4. The teams meet again Sunday at 6 ET with Texas Tech up in the series 1-0. Gabe Holt went 3-5 and Zach Rheams homered for the victors. Zack Kone went 3-4 with three RBI’s to lead Duke.

In Austin, Tennessee Tech leads Texas 5-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Can the upstarts from the OVC take down the powerful Longhorns? They are three outs away.


Texas Tech ties it

4:35 PM CT

Gabe Holt ties the game for the home team. We have a fun one in the seventh in Lubbock.

And in Austin, Tennessee Tech avoids a huge Longhorn jam.


OK, who saw this coming?

3:30 PM CT

Duke lost the opening game of the Athens Regional last Friday to Troy. Since then, they won four straight to advance and now seem to be carrying that momentum in the Supers against Texas Tech. They lead 3-0 halfway through.

Meanwhile in Austin, Tennessee Tech just grabbed the lead 5-3 still batting in the fifth.


Clemens Keeps Banging

3:20 PM CT

Kody Clemens smoked a home run and Texas leads Tennessee Tech 3-2 in the fourth inning. Nolan Kingman is on the hill for Texas and to this point is slowing down the Tech offense that punished pitchers all season. TT starter Marcus Evey has limited the Longhorns to three hits but they also have three runs.

Across the Lone Star state in Lubbock, Duke leads Texas Tech 1-0 after four innings. Blue Devil starter Mitch Stallings has allowed four hits but has kept the Red Raiders off the board. Max Miller drove in the game’s only run to this point. Texas Tech starter Dylan Dusett allowed an unearned run but left in the second inning. He was struggling with a blister that affected his command.


Omaha Bound

2:25 PM CT

We have our first of our eight for Omaha. North Carolina defeated Stetson 7-5 to take the sweep the series. Ike Freeman had three of the Heels’ 14 hits to lead the offense.

Stetson made it interesting with a two-out run in the ninth. Josh Hiatt entered for UNC was greeted three-hole hitter Jacob Koos single but cleanup hitter Brooks Wilson’s deep drive to center for a potential walkoff home run was caught on the warning track to set off a wild celebration.

In the CWS, North Carolina’s opening round opponent is the winner of the Corvallis Super Regional. Could we have a flashback to Oregon State vs North Carolina, just like 2006 and 2007?


Second Group Underway

2:10 PM CT

With North Carolina tries to put away Stetson, our second group of games are beginning with two pairings playing their first games of this round. In Austin, Texas faces giant-killer Tennessee Tech while Texas Tech hosts Duke in Lubbock.

Stetson leads off the bottom of the ninth with an Austin Hale double. This could be interesting.


Advantage Singer, Florida

2 PM CT

Florida just beat Auburn 8-2 to go up 1-0 in the series. They play again at noon ET Sunday with UF’s Jackson Kowar facing Tiger Tanner Burns. Brady Singer survived a slow start and got the course straightened to win the pitchers’ duel with Casey Mize. Singer went 6.2 innings and allowed just four hits and two runs. He struck out nine and walked two. After surviving a rocky second and third where he minimized two potential Auburn rallies to a run each. Despite a high pitch count early, he found his groove and slowed Auburn’s lineup from there.

Mize lasted just five innings and allowed seven hits and a career-tying most six earned runs. He struck out five and walked four. Davis Daniel worked the final three frames for Auburn and allowed three hits and two runs. He threw 42 pitches so keep that in mind should there be a game three.

UF closer Michael Byrne was good working the final two innings. He gave up one hit and struck out four in two scoreless frames. He threw 30 pitches.

Stetson is hanging around in Chapel Hill trailing 7-4. In yesterday’s game, they loaded the bases and had the go-ahead run at the plate as the game ended. Today is shaping up as a similar kind of game.

 


UF Lengthens Lead

1 pm CT

Casey Mize saw it unravel in the Gainesville heat during a wild fifth inning. Mize did part of it himself as he walked two and hit a batter but also saw a run score on an error after a pickoff and another get an extra base on a throwing error after an infield hit. He walked a season high four batters. Florida now leads 6-2 after five innings.

In Chapel Hill, UNC still clings to a 6-3 lead in the fifth inning.


Gators Bite

12:20 CT

Mize was touched up in the third as Florida got an two-RBI double from Wil Dalton that was a few feet short of a grand slam. Some aggressive baserunning by Jonathan India scored the third run on a tapper to first. Dalton then scored on a Keenan Bell RBI single as the Gators batted around.

For all the chatter over the starters, the bullpens will decide this one. Singer is at 72 pitches after 3. Mize is at 52.

Stetson got a bases loaded two-run single by Brooks Wilson to cut the lead to 6-3. Hatters still batting in the third. Looks like they are not going down with a fight.


Big game for Auburn

noonish CT

Obviously all these games are important for every team but if you are Auburn and you have Casey Mize on the hill, today has to feel like a must win. It isn’t really. Auburn doesn’t always win when Mize pitches. In fact, they scuffled late in the year scoring runs when he pitched. But battling Singer, a win today would be huge for their confidence. And if you are Florida, if you beat Mize you have to love your chances to get one more this weekend. Baseball is such a cerebral game where confidence and mental outlook are often as important as release points and secondary leads. Auburn comes in uber-confident after rolling through Raleigh. Florida hasn’t been at their best the last few weeks. Saturday is huge for the Tigers.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina has chased Stetson starter Jack Perkins in the third and already lead 5-1. UNC fans are already thinking about  Drover steaks. It is early but the Heels are sitting pretty.


Dueling Aces

11:45 AM CT

We are underway in Chapel Hill and Gainesville. Recapping yesterday, North Carolina defeated Stetson 7-4, Washington won at Cal State Fullerton 8-5 using projected Saturday starter Joe DeMers as the closer. Oregon State cruised past Minnesota 8-1 behind Luke Heimlich and Mississippi State won at Vanderbilt 10-8 on a walkoff home run by Elijah MacNamee.

Most of the eyes in the early window are on McKethan Stadium where SEC foes Florida and Auburn meet. The game features a matchup of SEC Pitcher of the Year Brady Singer and the number one pick in the draft Casey Mize. Is there anything better than the build up for a monster pitching pairing like this? With the draft pressure removed from both, it will be interesting to see how these two horses perform today.

I like the occasional 10-8 game just fine but if I have to choose, give me a 3-2 game with a lot of punchouts where every runner matters. That’s what I’m hoping for today.

In Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels have jumped on Stetson for four first inning runs. Can the Hatters, who have leaned on a strong starting pitching staff all season, limit the damage and find enough offense to make this interesting?

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